Cherokee Falls

The closer of the two falls (1/2 mile hike) on the Waterfalls Trail at Canyonland Canyon State Park is Cherokee Falls.  Although this one is a bit smaller than Hemlock Falls, it is more accessible.  The rocks are a bit slippery but many people venture out in and around the base of the falls here.  I personally, like this one better of the two.  Maybe it’s because the boulders are a little smaller and you get a less obstructed view of the water at the bottom.  I guess it doesn’t make much difference if you stay up on the observation deck but, I like this one none the less.

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/18 – 1/4 sec – ISO 200

Hemlock Falls

One of Cloudland Canyon State Park’s biggest attractions is the Waterfalls Trail, a 1 mile hike that includes a 600 step, 400 foot descent to get to the two main falls.  The further one down the trail is Hemlock Falls, shown here.  You can hear the falling water from the top of the trail and it echoes off the mountainsides as you walk down.  Rushing water flows through the gorge making beautiful scenery all the way down.

Hemlock Falls is a 90 foot drop of  Sitton’s Gulch stream into a boulder-filled pool.  There is a nice observation deck where you get a good view of the falls but to get down to the spot where I took my image, you have to scramble over slippery rocks and boulders.  It’s not all that bad a climb but certainly not a well-groomed path.

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/18 – 1 sec – ISO 100

Water of Gold

One of the many falls along the Tallulah River passing through the Gorge is this section called L’Eau d’Or – French for Water of Gold.  This is a view from Overlook #3 on the North Rim trail.

I assume that the name comes from the sun reflecting off the pool above the falls.  You can see a little bit of a golden ring in this image.  Not quite sure why it was named in French but, uncovering mysteries is one of the most interesting things about visiting beautiful places like this.  If anybody knows the history behind this name, let me know!

L’Eau d’Or Falls
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/40 sec – ISO 200

Ada-Hi Falls

Ada-Hi Falls (pronounced Uh-dah`’he) located within Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County, Georgia is the highest elevation waterfall in the state.  Unfortunately, when a waterfall is this high in the mountains, there isn’t much water coming down so it’s more of a trickle than a rushing falls.

It is easy to get to the falls if you know where to look.  A short hike down a fairly steep stairway brings you to the observation deck where you can get right next to the falls. The the quarter-mile Ada-Hi Trail is surrounded by mountain laurel, which may well be why the place got its name which is Cherokee for “forest”.

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Though it is no spectacular drop of vast amounts of water, this serene little waterfall was a pleasant find.  It is always nice to come across new things when visiting our State Parks.  I also believe that there is a great amount of beauty in the small things in life when we take the time to appreciate them.

Ada-Hi Falls
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/14 – 1/2 sec – ISO 400

Tallulah Gorge

This is a view of the Tallulah Gorge downstream from the  Oceana Falls overlook.  That is Joyce at the overlook on the left by the observation binoculars.  This is the point where Karl Wallenda made a tightrope walk across from the South Rim in 1970.  The remnants of the tower used for this walk are still at the site.

After visiting this spot (Outlook #1) we made the hike down to the suspension bridge so that we could get our Canyon Climbers Club cards punched and earn the official t-shirt.  One more park to go (Cloudland Canyon) to get all the holes punched!  We actually have hiked all 4 of them but didn’t know about the card when we started.

In spite of the fact that it was about 10° cooler in the mountains than it was in Roswell, it was still pretty hot and the walk back up those steps was pretty strenuous!  Even so, this was a pleasant visit and we really enjoyed being up in the mountains.  Will have to plan a drive up to Cloudland Canyon soon so we can finish out our t-shirt applications.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Top of the Falls

A view from the top of Amicalola Falls on a rainy day.  As you can probably tell from the lack of leaves and brown vegetation, February is still Winter season here but Spring is not far away as we saw when visiting Gibbs Gardens just a little south of here.  With no leaves to obstruct, you can really see the valley below and the other mountains in the distance.

I think I need to put together a 4-seasons set of images from here to show how the falls look throughout the year.  Sounds like a great excuse to make the trip up here again soon.

Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls State Park
Dawsonville, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f10 –  1/40 sec – ISO 400

Amicalola trickle

We made  a trip up to Amicalola Falls yesterday after visiting Gibbs Gardens.  I guess I had forgotten that we had been under drought conditions most of the summer because I was surprised to see the falls with so little water.  This image is a spot near the middle of the main waterfall which I know would be submerged under normal conditions.

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You can see from this view, that the flow is pretty weak but still beautiful to see.  It is interesting to visit places like this on days when not many people are around.

Yesterday’s cool and rainy weather kept most of the people who would be out on the weekend indoors.  That would be great news for photographers – if there was just a bit more light and you didn’t have to worry about the camera getting wet.

Oh well, it was a nice day out with my wife anyway.

Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls State Park
Dawsonville, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
58mm @ f16 –  1/5 sec – ISO 200