High Shoal Falls - Member Hike

Hike Name: High Shoal Falls
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Hiawassee
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From GA-17 N/GA-75 N make a sharp hairpin turn on to Indian Grave Gap Road in Towns County and follow it 1.3 miles to the trailhead. Note there is a creek crossing in the first half mile on Indian Grave Gap Road that may require a high clearance vehicle - especially in the spring season.
Total Hike Distance: 2.40 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Indian Grave Gap Road
Trails Used: High Shoal Falls Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Chattahoochee National Forest
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This hike starts at a small trailhead on the gravel Indian Grave Gap Road that has room for ~4 cars. The quickest way here is from GA 17, but you have to cross a small stream to get here - so a high clearance vehicle is suggested.

At the trailhead, The High Shoal Falls trail drops immediately and makes a steep decent to a large open area that has multiple campsites at a bridge that crosses High Shoal Falls Creek. Just after here about a mile in to the hike is a turn-off to the left that drops down to the first waterfall called Blue Hole Falls. It is a pretty one with a great swimming area at the base of the falls.

From here, you can continue on another half mile to reach a platform that overlooks High Shoal Falls. It does not have a pool for swimming at it's base but is equally scenic and well worth the trip. From here, it is a ~500' climb back to the trailhead at from High Shoal Falls.




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