Monday, April 16, 2012
Once we got to the waterfall, there was a viewing platform where we could see the entire falls... We had never seen this waterfall before --and were thrilled to find it.. IF you love waterfalls and are in the Blue Ridge area, check this one out...
Hope you enjoy our photos from this waterfall... Above is a picture of the waterfall taken below the observation deck. Be sure to click on all pictures in order to see them larger.
Hope you had a great weekend. We had a wonderful time with family and friends, and luckily (as opposed to other areas of the country), we had a beautiful weekend weather-wise also. Prayers for those in the path of all of those storms.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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|
I hope you can visit this one someday...
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Us at Horsetrough Falls|
This area is near Helen, Georgia (White County) and Unicoi State Park. We began traveling on Forest Rd. 44 (called the Chattahoochee River Road) at an elevation of 3100 feet in the snow... We drove down that forest service road for almost 5 miles ---DEEP into the mountains.
We drove and drove and drove (it seemed--since we had to drive slowly on that bumpy and steep mountain road) and finally came to the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground. We parked there and took a nice little hike into the woods (about a mile one way). Since the campground was closed, we had to park outside the campground and walk across the Henson Creek to the other end of the campground in order to get to the trailhead.
There was NOBODY around that cold, wet, foggy, snowy day in Georgia---so we had the entire area ALL to ourselves... (That's what we love!!!!) ..... And since you know how much we LOVE waterfalls, you can just imagine the joy we had when we finally came to Horsetrough Falls. What a fabulous area ---and a HUGE waterfall in the woods!!!
Hope you enjoy our pictures... Be sure to enlarge them for bigger pictures.
Hope you enjoyed seeing our pictures of Horsetrough Falls... We have found out (since we got home) that there was another waterfall not far from Horsetrough Falls. SO--we'll go back to that area sometime...
We recently purchased two new waterfall books:
"Waterfall Hikes of North Georgia" by Jim Parham
"Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina" by Thomas E. King
I don't know how many waterfall books we have --but I'll admit that we do have quite a few!!!!! The books help so much in trying to find information, directions, etc. when searching for waterfalls. Without these books, we would never have been able to find all of the back-woods areas we have seen. As I say alot, SO MUCH JOY.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
|The lobby area at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge Restaurant|
My Sweetheart took me to the Amicalola Falls Lodge Restaurant (near Dawsonville, GA) for a VERY special meal. They offered a fabulousl buffet with many kinds of salads, breads, soups, entrees and desserts. All of it was DELICIOUS and the place was decorated so pretty. They even provided live music for us. We got there early so it wasn't crowded yet... Of course, that's how we like it!
Here are a few of the pictures I took of that pretty restaurant. Be sure and click on the photos to see them larger.
Have a great day.
Monday, February 20, 2012
|Here is the little bumpy, unpaved road we were on --on that foggy morning!!!|
The one I will share with you today was the first one we saw on Valentine's morning. They had predicted snow and ice --and we were afraid that we'd just be stuck all day in the motel... BUT--luckily, as is usually the case, they missed the forecast and we only saw snow at the higher elevations.. This time, I said "Thank Goodness"... ha
We drove near Helen, Georgia (in White County) to see a group of waterfalls in the Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area (near the Unicoi State Park). We took Forest Road 44 (called the Chattahoochee River Road) deep into the mountains...
We happened upon our first waterfall not too far into the mountains. According to our Georgia information, this one is called the "Upper Spoilcane Creek Falls"... It is near Unicoi Gap State Park. We were at about 3100 feet in elevation at this level---so we enjoyed seeing some snow and ice here.
One really good thing about hiking in weather like this (32 degrees, snow, fog, drizzles, etc.), we had the entire mountain to ourselves.. We drove over 8 miles in and out of that mountain --and never EVER saw one other person nor vehicle!!!!! It was TREMENDOUS--just like we love it. It was OUR kind of trip, and the mountains were ALL ours!!!!
Hope you enjoy today's pictures. Be sure to click on them to enlarge them.
SNOW in FAIRFIELD GLADE on Sunday, 2/19/12
|Our Spring Flowers trying to 'grow'---Don't know what they'll look like tomorrow. ha|
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