It was a new day, and we were off to see more awesome sights. The cashier at Anna Ruby Falls had provided us with a map of the area, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that there were at least four more waterfalls to hunt down. We started day three with the closest in proximity to Anna Ruby, Horse Trough Falls. To get there we drove through a one-lane unpaved narrow road along the side of a mountain. We weren’t even sure we were going the right way, but fortunately we crossed paths with a park ranger in his truck, and he assured us we would have no trouble finding it. After a 20-minute drive, going 5 miles an hour along that tiny road, we found the entrance to the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground. We parked outside the campground, walked about half a mile through the campground into the forest, and there it was. It was beautiful, and definitely worth the adventure to find it.
Shortly after getting back to civilization (i.e. paved roads), it started to rain, so it was as good a time as any to find some lunch. We drove to Hiawassee again, this time eating at The Happy Hawg, which had just opened for the season an hour or so before we arrived (Another great dining experience). After our meal, we made our way back to the mountains, and we were off to climb to Brasstown Bald Summit.
Brasstown Bald is the highest point in all of Georgia, at 4,784 feet above sea level. Besides being the highest point, it also divides two counties, Towns and Union, at its peak. The climb up the summit from the parking lot is 6/10 of a mile, and is pretty steep. Although the rain had stopped, it was still overcast, and we could hear the thunder off in the distance. Matty got a bit scared when we were almost at the top, but once we got to the summit he quickly forgot about his fears as he looked at the views from the observation deck. It was amazing.
It was about 5pm at this point, we were hoping to get in one more point of interest before wrapping up our adventures for the day. We drove about 40 minutes along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway to Dukes Creek Falls.
Dukes Creek merges with Davis Creek to create this 150-ft waterfall. The trail is just under 2 miles roundtrip, and has three switchbacks before getting to the base of the falls and the observation deck. You can hear the roar of the falls fade in and out as you walk along the trail. You really can’t appreciate its full beauty in pictures. It is definitely worth the trip!
Dusk settled in as we hiked back up the trail to the car. This was the last stop on our vacation, and it was bittersweet. We still had Raven Cliff Falls and DeSoto Falls to visit, which means we’ll definitely be duplicating this trip sometime in the future.
Hubby and I are so glad we decided to take this road trip. It was so much more than we thought it would be, and we are so happy to have been able to give the boys these memories that they (and us) will treasure forever.
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For Part 2, click here.