Reviewed by Colfax on December 15, 2012
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This is a really nice hike - especially during non-peak times. I took this hike on Dec 14, 2012 - a few days after a heavy rain. There was ample evidence of the rain even after several days, which made footing a bigger concern than it already should be on this hike.
The trail is pretty narrow for much of it with treacherous footing around jagged rocks and big protruding tree roots - not to mention the semi-stable rock and small bridge crossings - something that should keep most elderly and the very young wary. But you shouldn't have any problems if you're a stable walker and a little careful.
This 5 mile roundtrip hike is more about the journey than the destination as the actual Raven Cliff Falls are a little underwhelming (see pics). But along the way are a veritable plethora of smaller falls and cascading water as you walk next to the creek for the entire way. Some of the falls along the way are downright breathtaking.
There is very little elevation on this hike, which seems to be the case for most hikes in Georgia - something I will have to get accustomed to I suppose. But this is not to say that there aren't short moments of really steep trailhead. They only last for 50 yards or so at a time tho.
When you get to the Raven Cliff Falls, make sure you round the big rocks staying on the trail to the right. It's the only way to see the actual falls. Don't be afraid of the severely steep incline. It looks worse than it is.
As mentioned in other reviews, there are several nice spots for camping along the way.
The directions to the falls are spot on and it's very easy to find. Exactly 2.8 miles on Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway is the turnoff for the hike - and is marked by a National Forest sign.
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