DeSoto Falls Scenic Area Trails

Cleveland , Georgia

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The name DeSoto Falls comes from a tale that a piece of armor found near the falls some decades ago belonged to Hernando de Soto or one of his men. Though that expedition traveled through this general area of Georgia in search of gold, the story had been dismissed by historians who doubted such a relic would have survived so long. However, in the late 1920s a portion of an iron Spanish sword was found in an Indian burial mound near Chatsworth to the west. Whatever the truth of the story, the falls have retained the conquistador’s name.
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

The name DeSoto Falls comes from a tale that a piece of armor found near the falls some decades ago belonged to Hernando de Soto or one of his men.

Though that expedition traveled through this general area of Georgia in search of gold, the story had been dismissed by historians who doubted such a relic would have survived so long. However, in the late 1920s a portion of an iron Spanish sword was found in an Indian burial mound near Chatsworth to the west. Whatever the truth of the story, the falls have retained the conquistador’s name.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cleveland
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Blue Ridge Ranger District, 2042 SR 515 West, Blairsville 30512; (706) 745-6928; www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Maps: USGS Neels Gap; USDA Forest Service map of Chattahoochee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to DeSoto Falls Scenic Area Trails

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