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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

North GA Waterfalls 2008


In June of 2008, George and I went on our Anniversary trip to the Charleston and Savannah areas. Like we usually do when we are on vacation, we leave a day early and check out new waterfalls along the way... 2008 was no exception! We stopped in North Georgia to see some new waterfalls on June 20. This was LONG before the new cameras --so the pictures aren't as good as our recent pictures... But --I hope you enjoy them just the same.

Above is CUPID FALLS ---near the campus of Young Harris College, in Young Harris, GA. Young Harris is a small United Methodist College. We loved the area where Cupid Falls is. Below are five more waterfalls we saw that day.




All of the remaining waterfalls are found in a retreat center called Enota Mountain Retreat. There were people 'on retreat' here (what a gorgeous center) --but the people were gracious enough to allow us (for a small fee) to roam the area to see their waterfalls. I felt as if I was on 'retreat' on this day myself! The waterfall above is named UPPER GURLEY CREEK FALLS. This was our favorite one of the day, even though the hike was steep. This waterfall is over 200 feet high.




We hiked past this huge rock on our way to and from UPPER GURLEY CREEK FALLS.




George stands in front of one of the retreat housing areas. LOWER GURLEY FALLS is in the background. It was also a large waterfall (200 feet high)--but difficult to see in Summer. (Bet this area is fabulous in winter!)



This is JOEL CREEK FALLS, another huge waterfall found on the other side of the retreat area. We had to hike to see this one also--but it was also worth the steep hike. George wanted to find a way to get a better picture, but couldn't due to the steep terrain. We need to go back in winter.




On our way back down the mountain, we passed this cute little waterfall called FISHPOND FALLS. I sat on a bench swing for awhile and just admired the falls and the rhododendron all around.




Our last waterfall near the Enota camping area is named HENSON CREEK FALLS.

Well---this was just the beginning of a wonderful trip (Charleston, Savannah, St. Simon's Island, etc.)... BUT--it was a great beginning, and we enjoyed seeing SIX new waterfalls that day.

Have a great Wednesday!!!!
Hugs,

48 comments:

Lana said...

What a lovely way to start my day. I have a calm, tranquil feeling that will probably last as long as our girls stay in bed this morning ;-) Thanks!

Catherine said...

I love all the moss in the last photo Betsy. So pretty. You and George sure seem to know how to scout out all the good places for waterfalls and photos! :)

xo Catherine

Jane said...

Those look so cool and peaceful, especially now that summer has decided to return to NC, with very high temps ahead for the next several days!

Jane

Jane said...

Those look so cool and peaceful, especially now that summer has decided to return to NC, with very high temps ahead for the next several days!

Jane

Deb said...

I need a vacation! Your pictures and descriptions always make me want to take a trip back to see those mountains and trails. My heart is on the trails of those mountains; unfortunately right now my purse is connected to a trail up and down the paved road to an office 35 miles away! LOL

Hope you have a great day...you've given me a great start!

Arkansas Patti said...

I love N. Ga. and remember going through Young Harris. Now I realize I should have stopped. Lovely shots with the old camera.
You and George need to quit posing under gigantic over hangs. You make me nervous.

Susie said...

Looks like a great place to visit. I've never heard of it before.

Lucy said...

Like I've said before . . . I'm just going to come back there and follow you two around. Beautiful.

Lucy said...

Like I've said before . . . I'm just going to come back there and follow you two around. Beautiful.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Betsy, this was a beautiful area..so many waterfalls in one day!!! Gotta get on that waterfall bandwagon sometime...

Sandra said...

all that grandeur makes the two of you look like tiny little people of the forrest. i like the fish pond and would love to sit on that bench. did you see any fish? and i want to say again, how much i love the header photo, it brightens my day each time your blog opens.

dibear said...

Beautiful shots. We need to take a day trip to N. Georgia to seek out waterfalls. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

These are so beautiful Betsy. How fun would it be to be able to name the waterfalls??? SO FUN.
Have a great day!!!!!

amelia said...

I would love to go to your area and just wander. It must be one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.

diane said...

Love your new header and your trip to Charleston. The waterfalls are magnificent. I like the little Fishpond Falls. I would love to visit your country. Sorry i haven't visited for a while ..been busy with a special visitor.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhhhhhh I have such waterfall *envy*!!! Not really, but you understand. You are so lucky to have access to them, within your traveling distance. -happy sigh-

Now a question, which you may well have answered, ages ago. But I've not seen it. Why so many waterfalls in your general area??? A geological reason, I'm sure. But, wonder what it is?

Betcha' your area mountains are "newer" mountains. Ours are "older" mountains. Maybe that's why I don't know of a lot of them, around here.

Then again, have I ever tried to scoop out if we have any waterfalls? Nope. Have not. Maybe an excuse will be, that I don't kike. OK, that's my *excuse* and I'm sticking by it!!! -grin-

Gentle hugs...

Harriet said...

What a wonderful place. It makes you feel peaceful just looking at the pictures. Have a good day!

The Incredible Woody said...

What a beautiful area!

Debbie Smith said...

What a wonderful find, 5 waterfalls in one day!!! Reminds me of my day this past April in Oregon and seeing the magnificent falls of the Columbia Gorge. You might enjoy that story and pictures on my blog! Title "Waterfalls, waterfalls and more waterfalls!"
Have a wonderful day!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I wonder why they named it Cupid Falls. Names really interest me and I wonder if there is a story behind such an interesting name.
Marnie

Dar said...

Betsy and George,
I have often wondered if you ever dangle your toes in any of those welcoming falls. They look wonderful.
BlessYourHearts

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Thank you so much for sharing your photographs of all the waterfalls that you visit. The majority of them I will never ever see. Your photographs are the next best thing to being there.

Diane said...

I really admire your get-up-and-go for hiking in to look at these beautiful waterfalls. You aren't rusting out! Diane

Fred Alton said...

These are great pictures of the falls - even with the old camera. Gave me a hankering to go find some around here!

Together We Save said...

I just love all the beautiful places you share! The water falls are beautiful, as always.

Tes said...

Another wonderful waterfalls. Belated Happy Anniversary to you and George! :) You look cute against the giant rocks, Betsy! I admire you guys for the energy and sense of adventure! :) Thank you for sharing those lovely photos with us! :)

Tricia said...

Wonderful views, but I LOVE that 4th shot w/ the waterfall far in the background & SO HIGH UP! WoW!

Happy week

Katherine Aucoin said...

Fish Pond Falls is my favorite. I haven't been, just looking at the pictures.

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous waterfalls!!! Beautiful place!

Ginny said...

Goodness, this makes me wonder what your record is for how many in one day. My speed is the charming little Fishpond Falls and the last one. You look like an ant in front of that huge rock! Maybe that's the key to me looking skinny, always take pictures and meet people by huge peices of nature!

Mary said...

I would love to be standing in one of those falls right now...it is 102 degrees here today! Water looks so good!

LV said...

Do you two know how many waterfalls you have seen? I hope you see them all in time.

Barbara said...

Wonderful for sure, hey Betsy next time you are in Young Harris go to the Pizza Parlor for all you can eat pizza,it is so good, and a wonderful array of various of pizzas even a Chocolate one, heehee best part of the site seeing is the eating, hugs my friend

Kay said...

Beautiful as usual.

Chris said...

A lovely series of photos Betsy. I just love the giant rock.

wildlifewatcher said...

Oh so wonderful on a hot sultry August day to read your nice post and see those gorgeous pictures!

Janie said...

Wow, all of these falls are beautiful. I hope you and George can go back and visit them again someday.

nanny said...

Do you do a lot of searching for waterfalls before you take off on these great trips?????

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I am ready to go looking at waterfalls....when it cools off a bit. Trish

Karin said...

Oooooo such lovely waterfalls - refreshing and rejuvenating!! Would love to soak my feet in them after a hard day at work!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Each one has a special beauty.Being at a retreat in a place like that would be wonderful.
Blessings,Ruth

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It was a long hot day so it was nice to cool off a little by looking at your lovely waterfall photos, Betsy!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I love the Fishpond Falls the best. I can just imagine you sitting there admiring your surroundings. That's what I'd want to do, too. :)

Daisy said...

You visit the most beautiful areas, Betsy. I love the pretty waterfalls.

carolina nana said...

What a great hobbie you 2 have going to visit all those water falls. I'm afraid I would just want to sit and let the peaceful sound of the falling water relax me and never want to leave.
We got the heat back today and it seems hotter than it was before now,whew.
Stay cool and have a blessed tomorrow
Marilyn

SquirrelQueen said...

You and George found some great falls on that trip. Cupid Falls is my favorite. It's nice to see all that lush green foliage, it's something we don't have a lot of in this area.

Cheryl said...

As always the most gorgeous photos! The waterfalls are stunning, how I wished I could find some around this area. Thanks for sharing!

Rose said...

Betsy, those are all beautiful waterfalls! No wonder you guys go in search of new ones. Honestly, I guess I love any waterfall...but some are prettier than others.