Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cane Creek Falls, Dahlonega, Georgia

While in Georgia to celebrate George's birthday, on that rainy Wednesday (March 9, 2011),  we also visited a couple of other waterfalls in the area along with a dam.  The waterfall above is named CANE CREEK FALLS.  It is located on the grounds of a United Methodist Camp named Camp Glisson.

Many hundreds of years ago,  the falls were home to two different tribes of Native Americans,  the Etowahs and later the Cherokees.  Artifacts from their time there, such as pottery fragments and arrowheads,  can be found in the area to this day.

In 1925, the founder of the camp,  Rev. Fred Glisson, discovered Cane Creek Falls on a trip to the mountains to scout out a place for a youth camp.  He fell in love with the spot and arranged to lease the land around the falls.  The first camp was held in the summer of 1925.

Rev. Glisson and other leaders raised money to begin to buy the land around the falls,  and to construct a permanent camp.   The land around the falls belonged to the camp--but the falls themselves still belonged to Georgia Power Company.  In 1946,  Rev. Glisson and others finally persuaded Georgia Power to sell Cane Creek Falls to the camp.  The falls were purchased for $1500. Their value today cannot be estimated..

Hope you enjoy our pictures taken of Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek.




The picture above is what Cane Creek Falls looked like in May of 2005,  the last time we visited before this trip.  Now look at the picture below!!!!




This is the SAME waterfall ---taken on a rainy day in March, 2011... Think there's a little more water coming over the falls?????? ha ha




Here's a neat close-up picture of Cane Creek Falls.   Wish you could have heard that raging water... It was awesome!!!




You will have to name what the water looks like in this picture... On his blog,  George posted a similar picture and called it Chocolate Satin... What does it look like to you?




I took this picture of George (the Birthday Boy) standing on the little bridge crossing that raging creek.




Here's one last picture I took from the bridge looking at the creek, as it traveled downstream, away from the falls.

Hope you enjoyed seeing another beautiful Georgia waterfall.  George's Surprise Birthday trip turned out to be FABULOUS --despite all of the rain... Seeing all of that water coming over the waterfalls made it all worthwhile!

Hugs,

51 comments:

B. Meandering said...

Wow! Standing on that bridge with that waterfall tumbling and roaring had to be spectacular, awesome, and every other adjective along those lines. The awesome power of God and nature combined in an incredible display!

I say chocolate marshmellow whip with a touch of caramel.

amelia said...

The bridge George is standing on doesn't look too safe!!
The falls are amazingly powerful and beautiful.
Sorry, can't think of a name and I've been sitting here trying!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! That little bridge must have been shaking from all the force of the water.I imagine the sound would have been amazingThanks for showing the difference a few years can make,it doesn't even look like the same falls.
Ruth

Valerie said...

Amazing what a little rain can start!

What a great comparison of the two shots.
WIsh I could be sitting right there - right now!

Catherine said...

We have a fresh blanket of snow today Betsy! Once all our snow melts we will sure have some rushing water too! :)

Great photos!

Happy Day friend!
xo Catherine

Mamma has spoken said...

I loved the picture of it from 2005. It looked so peacful and quite. In the recent photos I can hear the roaring of the water without being there.

Arkansas Patti said...

One wouldn't last long if they fell into that torrent. Just beautiful though and I am thinking cake frosting.
I am so glad you didn't let a little rain stop you from seeing such a powerful sight.
Really great shots.

Daisy said...

Wow, that water is really rushing by! It's amazing how different it can look. Great pictures, Betsy! :)

From the Kitchen said...

I can almost hear that water roar! Lake Michigan doesn't have any waterfalls but it's amazing how it changes colors even during the course of one day. George+bridge+raging water=excellent!

Best,
Bonnie

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely shots, I like the falls at low water best.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

You used the correct word "raging" to describe that waterfall! What a dramatic difference in water flow between this visit and your previous visit.

Shug said...

Wow, that water is raging...so I guess my words would be "Raging Chocolate".....however, I think George had the perfect name.
Mighty skinny bridge going across that raging water! I'd probably be too scared to walk out there.
Glad this was a such a great trip for the two of you and glad you are sharing your wonderful pictures..
Have a great day.
shug

Neal said...

Very nice. I love how you slowed down the shutter speed on the shots where there was a lot of water after the rain. That gives such a nice effect.

linda m said...

All I can say is WOW. I bet my daughter-in-law, who lives in the Athens, GA area would love some of that water. She says the last 2 years they have had hardly any rain. Beautiful pictures as usual, Betsy.

Velvet Over Steel said...

What incredibly powerful and beautiful falls! I can feel the 'energy' from the pictures even!

Very interesting story too. I had no idea that there were youth camps back in the early 1900's. Silly me, I didn't realize that.:-)

Happyone :-) said...

I remember seeing that on George's blog.
Wow, what a difference from the two times you saw it.
I'd hate to fall in there. Such a lot of power!
Great photos.

Diane said...

I think I would call it Angry Water. Not a very poetic name but that's what it looks like to me. Nice shots of this place Betsy. Have a great day. Diane

Ginny said...

The second picture from 2005 is stunning!!! You couldn't get me on that bridge if you paid me a million dollars, it looks like one board!! I do believe that George goads you on! The two of you are something else, daredevils for sure!

Mary said...

That's a lot of water! Great falls shots. I'm scrolling back through your blog, but probably won't comment on each day. I'm just enjoying catching up!

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Oh my word, these photos of the waterfall are exquisite!

I love your header too!

Thanks for the beauty you're offering us!

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Loving your photography!!

imac said...

Beautiful,Falls Betsy.

Susie Swanson said...

I love these photos. I need to go over to Dalonega soon. I don't live to far from there. I live practicaly on the Goeorgia line, even though I'm in N.C..Beautiful place over there!

Rose said...

Like I told George, I much prefer the earlier photo of the falls...trying to think of a name for the color of the water and my mind is blank.

Tricia said...

We have a Cane Creek near my parent's farm west of here, but I don't know of a falls on it, though...
That IS a whole lot more water, now... YiKeS! =)
I see what you mean about the Chocolate Satin... that's funny, kinda like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! =)

Diane AZ said...

So fascinating to see the differences between your May 2005 and March 2011 visits to Cane Creek Falls. George was brave to stand on that little bridge!

Fred Alton said...

That is a really beautiful waterfall - and yes, there's a lot more water in it on a rainy day!!! I love the sound of a babbling brook, a cascading creek, or of a roaring waterfall! Thankis for sharing.

mint said...

Angel Wings for the water!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
Cane Creek Falls are splendid. The photos are so beautiful. I enjoyed this trip with you.

Becca's Dirt said...

Raging waters there. It is a beautiful fall and I was wondering as I was looking at the photos 'how did they capture those pics of raging water - when it looks like you are standing over it and then duh I see the bridge'. Gorgeous Betsy.

Sandra said...

it is kind of like a GA Niagara falls. i can almost hear the rushing water and George looks brave to me, not sure i would stand there. i have 1500 if its still for sale

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Betsy,

Happy belated birthday to George. I'll have to call that rushing water "chai tea"....looks just like it when you add your creamer to it.

I've been meaning to tell you that Thomas walks the woods around this ridge and a few ago he stumbled upon a small waterfall! How about that!

Happy Spring,
Stephanie ♥

Ann said...

What a difference in those two pictures. That water is really moving. Beautiful spot, I can see wanting a camp there.

LV said...

You guys find the best places to go. Do you know how many different waterfalls you have visited? I might have seen six. If I travel where there is one, I will get your opinion on it first.

Karin said...

Those are just amazing shots Betsy! The difference between the calm and the rage of the falls is unbelievable! A part of the swollen river looks to me like meringue with that white tip!

What a fabulous time you had!!

Linda said...

These are wonderful pictures, Betsy. I guess Georgia's drought must be over. :)

The Incredible Woody said...

Holey Moley, that's a LOT of water!!

Tracy said...

Betsy,
Gorgeous...just gorgeous!
Go and look at the second picture and you'll see what looks like two gulls flying through the water sprays...it's just beautiful!
I want to go on vacation with you :)

The Retired One said...

It sure was raging...I'd have been a bit afraid on that bridge that I would be washed away. That house down creek should be worried too, if the river swells any more!

Linda said...

Spectacular! I love seeing waterfalls.....we're just way to flat here ;)

carolina nana said...

Wow that raging water looks scary.
Love the way the close up pictures make the water look unreal.
To answer your question about g-son's preschool. He only goes 3 1/2 days a week this year. Next year he will be in the pre k class which is every day but still only 1/2 days.
Hope you all survived all the storms out your way this evening.
Blessings to you.
Marilyn

Hilary said...

Well if I didn't have to pee before seeing this post, I sure do now. ;)

Lovely pics. The creek looks so swollen from the rain. So alive and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Mildred said...

I can just imagine the sound and power of all that water! So happy you were thrilled to visit some GA waterfalls. Glad the Lodge was so nice. Have a great night.

mudderbear said...

You take such a good picture that those falls are rather frightening. But the one you ask us to name, looks like the back of a beautiful dog to me, like you could pet it.
I enjoy the history of the falls too. Glad you had such a nice trip.
^.^) Rosalie

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Spectacular falls! I love to see where you and George travel to, Betsy. Your photos are awesome and I'm so glad you share them with those of us who probably won't get to see all the places you've been. I really liked seeing the two different photos of the falls. What a difference the rains make!

Annie said...

omigosh, betsy. i hate using an over-used words but this creed and fall is AWESOME!

Loren said...

WOW!! The difference of the water is simply amazing!! I can almost hear it now LOL

and the name George gave that picture is PERFECT!
SERIOUSLY, some breathtaking photos you captured Betsy!! I can't even imagine how you would go about choosing which pictures to frame because you clearly do not ever take a bad picture!!! You are AWESOME

Janie said...

Interesting comparison between the 2 seasons at the waterfall. The flow this year looks so powerful it's a little scary!

Sunny said...

Wow, that's a serious waterfall!
Sorry I'm behind with my comments, I'm have some eye issues that have forced me to cut back on my computer time :(
It's always something!
Hope you have a great weekend.
☼ Sunny

KathyA said...

Remarkable photos! That creek really IS raging!!

Cicero Sings said...

What a difference in water coming over the falls. Neat to have the two pictures.

There is a rock in the river on the way to the coast. When spring thaw is on full melt that rock is almost covered with water ... the rest of the year this huge rock is almost fully exposed. Amazing to see how the water can rise like that. I need to do some before and after shots of THAT rock.