North Georgia Waterfalls
North Georgia Waterfalls
One of the most beautiful things to me in nature are waterfalls. There is something mystical and magical about the flowing water and the mist that covers the rocks, not to mention the sound of the falls is amazing.
As I mentioned in my hub Georgia Covered Bridges waterfalls are also known as historical landmarks. My plan is to share some photographs that I have taken of some of the waterfalls I have visited in Georgia and hopefully give you a little history of them.
The opening photo in this hub is called "Top Half of Toccoa Waterfalls". Not only did I found the top of the waterfall to be unique and different, but it is also one of the first photo's I took of a waterfall using my Nikon D3100 camera. Since I was not use to working with my new camera and the different lens, trying to figure out which one I should use, was a bit of a challenge for me. But luckily that day I was able to take a few photos that I really liked.
If you are ever planning to visit Georgia, be sure to add the North Georgia Mountains area to your agenda. Plan on making it a weekend getaway or a vacation. Also be sure to visit Toccoa Waterfalls, I promise you will not be sorry.
Toccoa was founded in 1907 and is located at the foot hills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. It is located on a Christian College Campus in Toccoa, Georgia. On campus it is a short walk that leads you to Waterfalls that are 186 feet high. They say that the Toccoa means "Beautiful" in Cherokee, and let me tell you it is without a doubt Beautiful!
There is a memorial at the base of the falls in recognition of 39 people who died and 60 people who were injured from a flash flood that happened in 1977. Below is a photo that I took of the memorial.
Toccoa Falls Memorial Plaque
Toccoa Falls, Georgia
Since you are already going to be in Toccoa, Georgia visiting the waterfalls, be sure to take a little while and stop at the Travelers Rest.. It is an old stagecoach station that is filled with many different antiques. It is amazing if you love history and seeing things the way they use to be a long time ago!! In the lower section of the Travelers Rest, there is a kitchen where meals were prepared.. it has some old pottery, kitchen tools, etc. A MUST see!!!
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Journey to the Falls
This is the first photo I had took of a Waterfall using my Fuji S1000 camera. Actually, this waterfall has a really funny story behind it.
My husband did a search on Google for waterfalls in Northeast Georgia. He found this one waterfall that looks absolutely beautiful so we ventured out to see it. What better way to get some practice in shooting waterfalls, than to find a beautiful spectacular one! The description of the waterfall sounded amazing and pretty easy to get to. So we drove to Clarkesville, Georgia in search of this waterfall. We drove, and we drove and for the life of us we could not find it! After spending a couple of hours trying to find it and not being able too.. that made my husband even more determined to find it!
Finally, after several trips of back tracking and still searching we Found it!! When we first seen the great waterfall, I honestly believe both of our mouths dropped to the ground. We sat in shock for a moment and out of the blue both of us just busted out laughing!! This spectacular waterfall was no more than a tiny trickle back in the woods compared to the description we read about it. We honestly thought the description was written in jest after we seen it!
None the less, I do not remember the name of this waterfall but the story keeps it interesting to me and my husband. I mean really, who else would spend hours searching for a huge waterfall only to find a tiny little tickling stream of water?
Georgia Maps and Atlas
Anna Ruby Falls
Anna Ruby Falls lies in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. It marks the junction of Curtis and York Creeks that are fed by underground springs, rain and snow.
Once Cherokee Indian territory, many of the local rivers, valleys and mountains bear names that reflect Indians' appreciation of Nature. Chattahoochee means "place of marked or flowered rocks. Tray Mountain, which Anna Ruby Falls is located, was once named Trail Mountain.
After the Civil War, the land surrounding and including Anna Ruby Falls was purchased by Colonel John H. "Captain" Nichols. "Captain" whose wife and infant boys had died, only had his daughter left whose name was Anna Ruby. "Captain" adored his daughter and in honor of her named the twin falls Anna Ruby Falls after his daughter.
In 1925 the US Government purchased the area and it became part of the Chattahoochoo National Forest.
If you visit the Falls, it is about a mile hike all together on a paved path, so it is fairly easy to walk. Once you get to the falls, it is totally "Breath Taking"! The photo above is one of many photos that I took.
Anna Ruby Falls, North Georgia
Blairesville Georgia Waterfall
© 2012 Eva Thomas
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