by Donald Pfitzer (Falcon Guides)
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Very nice hike along Dodd Creek. Many photographic opportunities especially near the cascades about a mile in. Don't forget to climb the "Root Ladder" to the top of the cliff.
Hiked this with my wife on her third hike and we loved it. It was busy on an October weekend, but that's a busy time of year. Elevation is very gradual. There are nice creek side primitive campsites along the trail. Cliffs and falls at end is a nice reward and falls are neat to see as it's between the cliffs and not like traditional falls. The fall about halfway up are cool too. Great trail to take your dogs.
RCF Trail was a well groomed, easy to recognize trail. The weather was great reaching about 90 degrees but with the full-time canopy it was quite pleasant. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the trail because the "big falls" were non-existent. The two "mini-falls" were impressive and provided a nice cool-off point. Overall, I enjoyed the half-day hike.
My favorite hike in N. GA so far. The trail is really beautiful. Very mossy and moist. You hear the water flowing immediately when you begin your hike. There are a lot of roots and stumps initially but the main part of the trail is easy to navigate even for young children. The water in the creek is clear and several pools along the way had some kids splashing around in them. The real magic is toward the end when the incline gets a little steeper but so worth it. There is a huge rock face on your left and several large falls. There is a huge crack in the rock face with another fall inside. If you go all the way up on top of the rock you can actually see above the tree line. Be careful though, there is a massive hole in the rock that could be easy to fall into if you werent paying attention.
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