Once again we were fooled by the mountain weather, specifically the mountain fog. There were times I had to slow down to less than half the posted limit. It was so foggy, we could barely see the stores on the side of the road at times. It was weird because the fog was in pockets and we were just hoping the trail area would not be in one of those pockets - we were lucky, it was not!
It was a great morning to be on the trail!
For the most part, the trail was easy. There was an elevation gain from about 2000 feet to 2600 feet over the 2.5 miles. For the majority of the hike we were right next to the water. There were a few areas that required some caution, but not too many.
We made it to the water fall and it was well worth the hike! It was very peaceful and we had it all to ourselves, well for about 10 minutes or so...
|This is about 80-100 feet from top to bottom|
However, to get from this point to the top was a bit more than I wanted to tackle, it would have been almost a vertical climb through an exposed root system:
Nah! :) Back down I went.
Raven Cliff Falls was well worth the hike to get here. As Mary & I hiked our way back, we passed 40-50 more hikers coming in to see the falls - so glad we decided on an early start.
We made it back to the parking area just before noon and a quick look at the map we noticed that the city of Helen, GA was only about 5-10 miles away so we headed there for lunch. Helen is not your typical north Georgia town, it's actually modeled (okay, a bit gimmicky/touristy...) after a Bavarian Swiss Alpine village.