|Hike Name:||Falls Branch Falls|
|Nearby Town:||Cherry Log|
|Directions:||The trailhead on Rock Creek Road is ~30 minutes from Ellijay, GA. Follow US-76 E for about six miles and look for the Rock Creek Connector. Go about 0.1 mile on it to junction with Rock Creek Road and turn right. The trailhead is about six miles ahead on Rock Creek Road.|
|Total Hike Distance:||2.90 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||Easy to Moderate|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Rock Creek Road|
|Trails Used:||Benton MacKaye Trail, Stanley Gap Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams|
|Contact Information:||Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Blue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads|
|Hike Summary:||Fall Branch Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Ellijay, GA. This is an easy to moderate hike that is suitable for all ages and it follows the Benton MacKaye Trail to a platform that overlooks the waterfall. The falls are only a short 0.5 miles from Rock Creek Road, but there is a loop that you can do including the Stanley Gap Trail that is 2.9 miles.
We walked about two miles before we reached Fall Branch Falls – via the longer loop route using the Stanley Gap Trail which is part of the Rich Mountain/Aska Trail system. It climbs to the Benton MacKaye Trail then descend to Falls Branch Falls. We then hiked back to the trailhead on a forest road. So you have options for either an 0.9 in-out hike directly to Falls Branch Falls or a longer 2.9 mile loop to the falls.
Note: There is also a Falls Branch Falls in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee which is occasionally confused with this hike.