Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Anna Ruby Falls, Georgia

Smith Creek
Another waterfall we visited on February 14th  (besides Horse Trough Falls --click HERE  to see that post) was ANNA RUBY FALLS.   This is one of the more popular waterfalls in Georgia --but since we were there on a cold, drizzly day,  there weren't too many other people around.

Anna Ruby Falls is found near the Unicoi State Park in White County, near Helen, Georgia.  Anna Ruby Falls gets its name from the daughter of the land owner,  John Nichols... After Nichols died,  the US Government purchased the land in the 1920's.  The entire area was named the Chattahoochee National Forest.

There is now a visitor's center and craft shop and a paved path up to the falls (which is .8 of a mile).  The path follows Smith Creek up to the falls, so it is a beautiful hike.   There is a small fee in order to visit this waterfall...

As you can tell from the pictures,  Anna Ruby Falls is really a double waterfall.  Curtis Creek (on the left) falls 153 feet.   York Creek (on the right) falls 50 feet.  Both  come together forming Smith Creek.   Curtis and York Creeks are named for early settlers in the area,  and Smith Creek got its name from one of the surveyors.

If you ever get to Helen, Georgia,  check out this gorgeous waterfall...   Be sure to click on all of the pictures in order to see them larger.  Above is a picture of Smith Creek---as we walked up to see the waterfall(s).




'Creative' Water at Smith Creek
Both George and I love to photograph water in a creative way... George is REALLY good at this---but this picture is pretty good,  don't you think?




As we hiked up that mountain,  we finally got a long-distance view of Anna Ruby Falls. You can see the paved path to the falls--with Smith Creek on the left.




Here is a picture of Anna Ruby Falls.  They have built some great platforms for viewing.  Curtis Creek is on the left and falls for 153 feet.   York Creek is on the right and fall for 50 feet.




Once we got to the top platform,  we got some close-up pictures of the waterfall(s).  Even though it was foggy and drizzly,  we loved these waterfalls ---and were glad that we visited here.. We had visited Anna Ruby Falls several years ago---but enjoyed it much more this time.




Here's a picture from the top platform looking back down the trail and Smith Creek. See the platform on the left?   The next picture of us was taken from this platform.




Finally,  George put up the tripod and took some pictures of us at Anna Ruby Falls.  We really enjoyed this gorgeous double waterfall.

I hope you can visit this one someday...
Hugs,
Betsy

48 comments:

Crystal Mary said...

Hello Betsy, what a beautiful place, I will have to show Ray, he will love it also. You take wonderful photos...so perfect. I smell the freshness and hear the birds.. xxx

NatureStop said...

Hi Betsy,

It's been a long time...visiting bloggerland only once in a while:)

Beautiful place, great captures and lovely post...wish we can visit it some day!

So long.

Shantana

Ms. A said...

These are gorgeous and I love all the walkways and viewing platforms. They add to the beauty of the location, very nicely.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What splendid falls! :-)

Mamabug said...

It's a lovely fall to visit. Hubby and I went there this past December and enjoyed it alot.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The falls are spectacular,but even the walk there looks amazing.I think the fog adds to the beauty of the woods and falls.

Latane Barton said...

You two find the most amazing scenery to visit. I am so jealous!

Linda said...

What a treat...two falls for one hike. Curtis Creek falls remind me very much of Laurel Falls in the Smokies. Just beautiful.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Beautiful, I love the idea of placing viewing platforms!

Daisy said...

Such a pretty spot, Betsy. I can almost hear the sound of the water rushing by. :)

Glenda said...

Another beautiful place! I love the walkway and platforms built into the setting. You and George could fill an entire photo album with the wonderful pics of you two at falls around the country!

Have a beautiful Easter!

Small Kucing said...

Hi Betsy

coming here from reanaclaire's blog

Admiring the lovely photos you've got here. Maybe someday I'll be so luck as to be able to visit the place :)

kathy

http://www.smallkucing.com
http://mamakucingbooks.blogspot.com

Out on the prairie said...

A lovely forest, I like all the rhodedendrums getting ready to bloom.

Mary said...

A very pretty falls! Nice to have all those viewing platforms. You and George look very happy :-)

TexWisGirl said...

the falls are just gorgeous. :)

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Susie Swanson said...

Oh this is such a beautiful place and your pics are gorgeous..I have been to it before and it is one of the most beautiful in Georgia..Blessings, Susie

Sylvia K said...

I always enjoy yours and Georges beautiful waterfall shots, Betsy, and these are awesome! As you know, I, too, am a lover of waterfalls and your captures are the next best thing to being there myself! The double waterfall is fantastic! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

imac said...

Love your walks around the falls Betsy.

Kay said...

Hi Betsy,
I love your new header photo and as usually the rest of your photos in this post are fantastic.
Kay

Sharon said...

Been a few years since I was there....time to go back!

Ginny said...

Wow, these are amazing pictures!!!! The third one gives me a strong feeling, and that is what good art should do, it kind of reminds me of desolation. The falls are outrageously wild!! From the first picture, it looks really tiny, but then I see they are big, wonder if that is an illusion or something? Your header is beautiful. And I got such a kick out of your yellow band word verification band!!!! It looks like the weather warnings they run at the bottom of the T.V, screen!! When I saw it, I thought oh no, what's up now? Bit I think this is a fabulous idea!!!! Have you noticed that more and more bloggers are getting rid of it?

Tracy said...

Betsy, Such a beautiful place for a beautiful couple! I can see why you love it...the last photos of the water fall were stunning!
Just gorgeous!

LV said...

What wonderful trips I get to enjoy through your lens. I think it is wonderful and trust you will be blessed to do it forever. Thank goodness, the good Lord saw fit to spare me one more time. It lifted over my house, but left so much deconstruction a short distance away. My only problem would be from the hugh hail.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh my, I have terrible waterfall envy! Thanks for sharing- I love seeing all these cool places!

Pearl@serenitycove said...

They are all just beautiful!!
Do you have any idea how many waterfalls you have visited?

Have a Blessed Easter!!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Betsy, you and George find the most fabulous places. This area is just beautiful! Not that I've ever been there, but I can sure tell by the photos! Love the falls!!

amelia said...

WOW!! Just stunning pictures Betsy. I like the pics that are foggy and misty, reminds me of here!!

Nancy said...

Betsy,
These are wonderful pictures of the falls....and I love the one you took....I think you and George take great pictures......You two are just the sweetest couple.....

Betsy, I hope you and George are blessed beyond measure during this Easter season.....

Small City Scenes said...

Wow! That is one--err--two really cool falls. I do enjoy your pictures so much. MB

Maple Lane said...

Gorgeous photos of a very special place. Sending my love to you both.

Angela said...

Those are some very beautiful waterfalls! Isn't it amazing that all of the different falls there are none of them look alike! A small fee... I can't believe they charge to see the falls. You and George are just too cute!

Happy Easter!
Angela

Lady Di Tn said...

Beautiful falls and beautiful people. I love how you snuggle up to George and have that pixie grin of happiness on your sweet face. Peace

Marie said...

I would LOVE to visit it someday! It's a wonderful falls! Love all the great photos of it, and I love that new header picture, too!

Hope you guys have a beautiful and blessed Easter! I see the eye Dr. tomorrow. Thanks for your comments and well-wishes about that.

Cheqna said...

Hi Betsy!

Love the photos...even if I have the opportunity going to your State, don't think I'd go hiking,hehe.. so thank you for sharing it here...

:-)

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Just simply breathtaking Betsy and I really like those 'creative' water shots!!
That area reminds me of a type of 'magic land'. :)

Neal said...

That is a beautiful waterfall.

the cuby poet said...

Another beautiful waterfall and a new header photograph. Great stuff.

Jeanne said...

My favorite is the one with the three different falls and the platform. Hope to see this part of the country very soon!
Happy Easter,
Jeanne

ladyfi said...

So lovely and cooling.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a gorgeous area....love the walkways and platform. I can almost hear the waterfalls. :)

Cheryl said...

What beautiful scenery! I am delighted to follow you and George along on your fun trips!

BlueShell said...

I have no words...that is so beautiful, so really fantastic!

Happy Easter to you and yours…
with admiration:
BShell

My Kid's Mom said...

Gorgeous falls. I love seeing all your pictures.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Fabulous pictures and such happy hikers! Have an outstanding Friday. Big rain and a bit of thunder and pea-sized hail just before dinner earlier tonight here.

Terry and Linda said...

WOW! Look at skinny you...you are so amazing I can't even see the waterfalls.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Pat Tillett said...

What an amazing place! Beautiful photos of it also...

blueskyartist said...

I'm definitely putting this neck of the woods on my travel bucket list!!