Tucked away just north of Tate City, Georgia, is the Denton Creek Falls Trail. This 2 mile out-and-back trail provides access to three pristine waterfalls, and it should be on every waterfall hunter’s bucket list. Particularly spectacular is the lower falls; surrounded by lush greenery, it tumbles 40 feet over a sheer cliff. Free-falling waterfalls are a rare find in Georgia. While the upper and middle falls are not quite so spectacular, they are still thrilling in their own right and worth a visit.
To access the trail, drive north through Tate City on Tallulah River Road. Immediately before crossing the bridge over Denton Creek, turn right on an unnamed dirt road (some maps label this road as Ginando Lane). The beginning of this road is easily passible by even small cars. Drive in as far as you feel comfortable. There are three pullouts where you can park, and after each pullout the road become more inaccessible. Small cars should stop at the first pullout, and four-wheel drive vehicles can make it to the third pullout some 300 feet later. At this point you must cross Denton Creek. Normally you can rock hop across and stay dry—except after heavy rains when the creek is swollen. The trail begins on the other side.
The trail itself is scenic and beautiful as it winds along next to Denton Creek, filled with picturesque cascades and shoals. At 0.2 mile, come to a junction in the trail. The trail to the right leads to the lower falls. The trail to the left leads up a slope and above the creek on the way to the upper falls. While travelling toward the upper falls, hear the roar of the creek taking a 30-foot tumble over the middle falls. Let your ears be your guide and watch for a steep side trail down to the middle falls. After visiting, return to the main trail and continue toward the upper falls. Right at the upper falls, a small tributary joins Denton Creek, making for a double 50-foot waterfall, with the two falls joining together at the bottom.
Tate City also deserves some special mention. Once a prosperous mining and logging town, it now is a most tranquil and extremely beautiful mountain town, somewhat reminiscent of “the Shire” in the novel The Hobbit. Dirt roads and houses tucked away around dramatic bends and hillsides make for a wonderful drive through, although it’s doubtful you’ll be able to find a place to eat or resupply here after your hike.