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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,497 contributions
Jan 2020
So glad we took advantage of the warm sunny winter weather to visit DeSoto Falls, located between Cleveland and Blairsville, Georgia. Because we had 2 inches of rain in the area a couple of days ago, the falls were flowing with lots of water. With the leaves off the deciduous trees, we could see quite far through the woodland, which was dotted with greens of ground cover, rhododendron, holly, and hemlock. We hiked both trails. The lower falls trail climbs about 250 feet over a quarter mile (half mile round trip). It is towards the moderate difficulty level, with switch backs and a few stairs. The upper trail climbs and drops about 150 feet over 3/4 mile (1.5 miles round trip). Much of the upper falls trail is wide and level. At the bottom of each of the two falls there is a nice viewing platform. The trails are well maintained and travel along the creek, giving the sound of rushing water for the whole hike. The trailhead for both trails is across a foot bridge. From the parking area, follow the signs from the back of the restroom building (pit toilets), through the picnic area, toward the camping area, and then across the creek via a foot bridge on the left. Parking as of 2020 was $5, or you can use your National Park pass.
Written January 6, 2020
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Rachel Miller
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Dec 2019
This place is incredible! Two options for hiking- longer but flatter hike to upper falls or more steep but very short hike to the lower falls. We did the latter and it did not disappoint! There is a beautiful creek which runs down from the falls and a bridge you must cross to start the hike. We couldn't resist taking tons of pictures- it's pristine even in the winter! I would suggest going right after a rainfall so there is more water coming off the falls! It was so picturesque!
Written January 15, 2020
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Cara W
Jacksonville, FL34 contributions
Aug 2020
Make sure you have cash in ones to pay for the parking. I could not convince the teens with me to go hiking until they saw that this was only a short hike. Off we went and the kids chatted away as we went up. When they saw the first part of the upper falls, they were unimpressed. They they saw all of it and they started getting excited. Then when they started climbing them they were so happy we made the hike. They were calling for us to take pictures as they went higher and higher. When we arrived back to the car, they all agreed it was fun little hike.
Written August 15, 2020
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journalmytrips
Georgia616 contributions
Jan 2022
I had read where the path to the upper falls was mostly flat and it was till the last 1/4 mile where it became too steep for me. Up to that point, I had a pleasant walk in the woods. You do need to be careful that you do not trip over any roots which are plentiful. So I relied on the photos posted here to “see” the falls.

As described by other posters, there is a parking fee which is now $5. What I saw of the campground looked very clean though you could hear traffic from the highway.
Written January 28, 2022
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,236 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We hiked to the upper falls. It’s a very easy and mostly flat hike and only 1.5 miles. It’s a nice path often next to a small river.

The upper falls are wonderful once you arrive.

There is a $5 parking fee

Go enjoy
Written July 5, 2020
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UCF_Shipper
Longwood, FL100 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We stopped here to get away from crowds. It was a perfect place for us. We were able to picnic before hiking to the falls. There is a large area with multiple tables, some with grill areas. There is a campground as well, but it was closed on our visit. There are two hikes to the falls, one for lower and one for upper. We did only one this visit. It was easy and the Trail well maintained. Afterwards, the kids played in the creek.
Written June 29, 2020
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hvonderh
Indianapolis, IN400 contributions
Sep 2021
We started with the shorter hike to the lower falls, then hit the upper. If your time is limited, go upper only but both are lovely. Parking is ample with a clean restroom and lots of picnic tables and benches nearby. Babbling brooks greet you at the opening of the trail. Camper? Looks like the park offers several nice spots. A serious gem!
Written September 28, 2021
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RayRL
Allen Park, MI78 contributions
Mar 2022
It's a short hike and a beautiful view. We walked to the upper and lower falls. It's a fairly easy terrain. The lower falls has some steps to climb. There are picnic tables near the parking lot. Much of the walk is along the river. If you are in the area, it's worth the trip.
Written April 9, 2022
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GizmoM23
Blairsville, GA16 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
I live in the area & love to hike. Hiking around here can be VERY challenging. Many trails in the Blairsville region are not good for novice hikers. On that note, DO NOT just pick a trail & go unless you are sure of your skills/equipment & feel ready for some intensely steep & rocky climbs. Please please please research so you know what you're getting into & don't end up in trouble. Sorry if I sound like a drag, but I've seen too many folks unhappy at best or injured at worst b/c they didn't understand what these mountains are like. I moved here from Montana where I lived at 5500 feet in the Rockies...I would say that many of these trails are 'Rocky Mountain' level or tougher because they don't zig & zag as much...some just go straight up or down!

Anyway this is one of those trails that is pretty straight-forward, not steeply pitched & in good shape all the way from the parking to the falls (which isn't very far). That said, you still need at least athletic shoes & better yet hiking boots. (I don't think there are any trails around here that are flip-flop friendly.) The falls are really lovely & there are nice bridges/wood platforms for viewing. Everything is well maintained. The vegetation is lush & dense (not a trail with sweeping mountain views).

If you are looking for a short, easy walk with a gorgeous pay-off at the end, I would recommend this area. If you have a choice go on a weekday so it's less crowded (that pretty much goes for any of the well-known trails).

Dogs are great on leashes as long as your pup/s are people & dog friendly. The trails aren't wide so it's hard to get off the trail to avoid others. Beware the abundant poison ivy if you do step off a trail...it'll get you even in the winter! Believe it or not the vines are actually more potent than the leaves; my worst poison ivy (so far!) happened in the winter! If poison ivy isn't enough to keep you on the trails, snake sightings are also fairly common. Keep yourself & your dogs away from rotting trees & other small dark hiding places that might provide shelter for reptiles.

Overall I'd say this is a great place for a family with kids/pups/older folks who'd like to experience the beauty of this area without any real physical strain. Sorry if I rambled too much...just want travelers to know what the area is like so you are sure to have a great time! :-)
Written April 25, 2016
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Road_Warrior32034
Amelia Island, FL923 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
From the decision point you can choose one of two moderate hikes. You can turn left to the shorter 1/4 mile hike to the Lower DeSoto Falls or turn right to the longer 3/4 mile hike to the Upper DeSoto Falls. The Lower Falls hike seems a little harder in that the effort to get there is compressed into a shorter distance. The right hand hike to the Upper Falls is nice and gradual at first ending up with a moderate climb toward the end. Both trails are well maintained and the trail to the Upper DeSoto Falls followed the stream close enough that we were entertained by the stream music along the way more so than the path to the Lower Falls. After doing both hikes and observing both falls, we found the Lower DeSoto Falls a little less impressive than the Upper DeSoto Falls. Both are worth the effort, but if you only have time or effort for one or the other, we would recommend the Upper DeSoto Falls. On a scale of 1 to 10, we would rate both the falls as 5s. We enjoy any hike that takes us to a waterfall, and the weather was great in mid April, so life was sweet. Happy Trails to you.
Written April 14, 2018
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