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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Double waterfall. Pretty forest. Family friendly.

Cons

Entrance fee.

Trailhead Elevation

1,920.00 ft (585.22 m)

Net Elevation Gain

300.00 ft (91.44 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildflowers
ADA accessible
Geologically significant
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

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