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Anna Ruby Falls

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia

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  • Viewing platform up close to the falls.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • The two forks of Anna Ruby Falls.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • The approach is a pleasant stroll through cool forest.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • Large boulder next to the trail.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • The trail meanders along the creek.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • It is hard to see the full falls through the trees, but the scale is clear.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • Bridge across the creek below the falls.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • A large bench gives a place to sit and enjoy the view.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • A boardwalk and stairs lead to the viewing platform.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • Moss and vines thrive on the rocks in the spray of the falls.- Anna Ruby Falls
  • Smith Creek is formed by the confluence of waterfalls.- Anna Ruby Falls
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Pros: 
Double waterfall. Pretty forest. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Entrance fee.
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Region:
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, GA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,920.00 ft (585.22 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Among the many tall cascades of North Georgia, Anna Ruby Falls stands out. This is a forked twin falls, which is rare in the world of waterfalls. Here on the slopes of Tray Mountain, Georgia's sixth-highest summit, two creeks come together in an impressive show of nature and gravity. Curtis Creek tumbles over a couple of tiers for a total of 153 feet to meet York Creek, which plummets over a single drop of 50 feet. Together becoming Smith Creek, the waters flow on down the valley to feed the lake in Unicoi State Park and later join the Chattahoochee River.

Anna Ruby Falls is reached via a half-mile paved trail to a viewing deck. Though the hike is short, it is rather steep. With benches for resting and tranquil forest to pause and enjoy along the way, the hike remains doable and well worth it for all ages. Take time to read signs along the way, which teach interesting information about the area's animals, plants, and history that you may not otherwise know. The whole way is ADA accessible but not to self-powered chairs. A strong pusher is required.

The trailhead is accessed via Unicoi State Park, but this is a separate recreation area with a separate fee, managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the nonprofit Cradle of Forestry. You do not have to pay the state park fee if simply driving through to Anna Ruby Falls, however.

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