Desoto Falls Georgia OR

Desoto Falls Georgia OR

Desoto Falls Georgia


There were two sounds: the one of the rushing water and the one of the leaves rustling against each other. I was standing right on the edge of this plateau, 50 feet away from the waterfall, just watching the water rush over. The water was hitting the rocks, shaking them and letting their pure cool water flow into the air.


Reaching the creek’s opposite bank, the hike meets a signed intersection. The hike turns left, veering southbound to first visit the lower falls. The trail rolls elevation through a shady forest and meanders through wide switchbacks, veering westbound to follow a small tributary upstream. The trail reaches a wooden viewing platform at just under .25 mile. Just ahead, Lower DeSoto Falls cascades over a nearly sheer rock outcrop, tumbling into a pool of water framed by large, lichen-covered boulders.

The hike departs the lower falls, retracing the trail to return to the Frogtown Creek bridge. The green-blazed DeSoto Falls Trail follows the creek upstream to the larger of the two waterfalls, hiking through vibrant green vegetation on the stream’s banks. The trail hikes through several large exposed rock outcrops and treks under the shade of several enormous old-growth pine trees, their wide trunks reaching high into the forest canopy above. (Source: www.atlantatrails.com)


The DeSoto Falls are located in Lumpkin County in the Chattahoochee National Forest DeSoto Falls Scenic Area. Trails lead to 2 different falls on Frogtown Creek. The lower falls is .3 miles down stream from the trail head, the second is .75 miles upstream. According to legend Spanish armor belonging to the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto or one of his men was found near here which led many to believe that the expedition passed through this region in 1540 in their attempt to find gold

Desoto Falls Recreation Area is a U.S. Forest Service Campground located approximately 2 hours North of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Desoto Falls offers visitors year-round recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, picnicking, and beautiful hikes to our nearby waterfalls. The campground is situated along Frogtown Creek with at an elevation of 2,080 feet above sea level, under a dense forest of deciduous and evergreen trees. 23 campsites are neatly arranged in two loops(upper and lower), with each loop having creek sites. The climate here is fairly mild and generally offers all four seasons, so it is a wonderful place to relax and experience each of these throughout the year. North Georgia is a playground for wildlife watchers. An abundance of Deer, Turkey, Bear and, small furbearers can be seen as well as bird watching. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, come to Desoto Falls. (Source: www.recreation.gov)



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