Blue Hole Falls

A marvelous waterfall that I almost didn’t get to


This is a beautiful waterfall that Joyce and I visited yesterday.  We drove up into the mountains on a Saturday morning that fluctuated from beautiful sunshine to ugly-looking thunderclouds.  The rain opened up on us as we wound our way through the roads heading toward Blairsville where we were staying the night.  Things cleared up by the time we arrived so, we decided to go exploring.

I had done a bit of web-surfing to see what the points of interest were in the area surrounding Brasstown Bald which was our main destination for this outing.  Since the plan was to try for another Milky Way shoot from the mountain top, we had plenty of time to tour the vicinity before heading up there.  I came across a description of High Shoals Falls and thought that sounded like a great spot so, that’s where we headed.

I think there must be two falls in this area that are called High Shoals.  The first description I saw said the falls were in an area on Lake Chatuge and it was an easy 0.5 mile walk to the falls.  That was NOT the one we ended up seeing!!

We went on an off-roading expedition that nearly did my poor little Altima in and had Joyce ready to sit down and wait for a sherpa to come carry her back up the trail.  The road to get to the falls was a small off-shoot of a 55 MPH highway that is easy to miss.  If you are lucky enough to find it, be careful that you don’t break your car’s axles as you go up the trail.  After making a crossing of a little stream (no bridge – you have to drive across it) you then go up a steep, heavily rutted, pot-hole filled trail for about 2 miles.  Then you get to hike in about 1.5 miles to see the falls.

I believe this was a worth-while trip as the falls were great but it wasn’t easy.  Highly recommended for the view but be ready for a rough ride to get there.  Probably much better if you have a Jeep or 4×4 truck.  Maybe I will find the easy walk one next time!

Blue Hole Falls on High Shoals Creek
Indian Grave Gap Road
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 10-24 Di II LD SP AF
13mm at f/13 – 1/30 sec – ISO 400

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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