Mountains, Lakes Memories

Mountains, Lakes Memories

 After many years of drought and below average rainfall, this year we have bountiful water. Our lakes are full, our streams are high and our waterfalls are exploding with water. This will be a great Summer to Explore Rabun County! Check out ExploreRabun.org .

 
This is a spectacular year to hike to one of our beautiful falls. Here are several of our favorites:
Hemlock Falls

A wonderful 15’ waterfall on a trail across from Moccasin Creek State Park. The 1-1/4 mile trail to the waterfall is very scenic and relatively flat. From Clayton take 76 West to GA 197 South. Continue to the entrance to Moccassin Creek State Park on your left. Turn right and follow the signs.
 
Martin Creek Falls

To reach Martin Creek Falls take Warwoman Rd. from Clayton for 3 -1/2 miles to Finney Rd. (Forest Service Rd 152) on the left. Follow Finney Rd. (FS 152) for 1/2 mile to campsite on the left. Park there. Go through the campsite crossing Martin Creek and continue on to join the Bartram Trail in approximately 400 yards. Continue up the left side of Martin Creek on the Bartram Trail which will soon cross over the creek and back again on bridges. The second bridge is at the base of the falls and leads to an observation deck. The total distance from the parking area to the falls is approximately ½ mile.
Minnehaha Falls
    Located south of Lake Rabun. To get there: head south on Old 441 to Lake Rabun Road. Turn right and head around the lake. Turn left about one mile past the Rabun Beach Recreational Area, crossing Seed Lake Dam and following Bear Gap Road around the lake for 1½ miles. until you see the trailhead for Fall Branch Trail on your right (you will see a handrail and steps). Hike Fall Branch trail ½ mile to the 100 foot falls.
 
Panther Falls & Angel Falls
Panther is the first waterfall you will come to and Angel is about 1/3 of a mile further…and worth the extra hike. The trailhead is in the Rabun Beach Recreation area (campground) off of Lake Rabun Road. These are close to Minnehaha Falls and can make a fun day trip when combined.  Start here and then continue on Lake Rabun Road to Bear Gap Road at the bridge. Follow Bear Gap until you see the trailhead for Fall Branch Trail on your right (you will see a handrail and steps).
 
Tired from your hikes? Head to Downtown Clayton and either enjoy a relaxing cold drink in the sun at the Universal Joint, soak up the great music (and drinks) at Zeppelin’s or grab a healthy lunch at Grapes & Beans.  While you are there, take a minute and look into the unique shops along Main Street
 
Now are you ready for some swimming? Or at least laying in the sand at one of our local beaches?? Head to Lake Burton via Hwy 76 west (watch out for a couple of great stores along the way…Black Bear Creek Antiques and Timpson Creek Gallery). When you see Timpson Creek Gallery, turn left onto N. Charlie Mountain Road. Travel less than a mile and Lake Burton Beach will be on your right with parking on the left. Great little beach tucked in out of the boat traffic with a shallow area for the little kids.
 
Another nice beach is the Lake Rabun Beach out Lake Rabun Road by the Lake Rabun Campground. Good picnic sites (with grills) and the beach has a raft to swim to and jump or dive from. The beach and campground are owned and run by the U.S. Forest Service.
 

 
And finally, at Tallulah Lake, Georgia Power has picnic spots (with grills) and a newly renovated swimming area and bathhouse right off of Hwy 441 in Tallulah Falls across from the State Park (north side of the lake).
 
Enjoy your stay in beautiful Rabun County, Georgia. For more information go to ExploreRabun.org.