High Falls State Park Trails

Forsyth, Georgia 31029

High Falls State Park Trails

High Falls State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"High Falls State Park covers 1,050 acres in Monroe County on the shores of High Falls Lake. The impoundment is formed by an old rock dam on the Towaliga River. The river derives its name from the Creek Indian language and translates as “roasted scalps.” Those Native Americans were known to scalp their enemies and used the area around High Falls on the river to dry and preserve those trophies.

Waterfalls below the lake drop almost 100 feet in multiple cascades over granite outcrops. These shoals give the area and the state park their names. This is an area of remarkable natural beauty and historic significance, with something of interest throughout the year, including spring wildflowers, fishing, fall colors, and bird migrations."

More High Falls State Park Trails Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail explores High Falls State Park, including the waterfalls on the Towaliga River and a mill and sluice."

"High Falls State Park covers 1,050 acres in Monroe County on the shores of High Falls Lake. The impoundment is formed by an old rock dam on the Towaliga River. The river derives its name from the Creek Indian language and translates as “roasted scalps.” T"

High Falls State Park Trails Reviews

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1/7/2012
I hiked the red and white trails with my dog and a couple of friends. The red trail was super crowded, but beautiful by the creek. The white trail was much less crowded and still beautiful. All trails well marked. See my full review at my blog: http://twentysevenintwentytwelve.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-checked-weather-sweetwater-creek.html
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1/6/2010
I have hiked the red trial about 3 times. This trip was quite a chilly one, about 26 degrees. I had not been since the flooding in September '09 and was pleasantly surprised at how well they have cleaned up. There is still a lot of uprooted trees and such, but it is all cleared from the trail. I think it is probably going to work out good for the wildlife though. I can't wait to go back when it is a bit warmer so I can spend a bit more time on the trails.
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9/26/2009
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to Sweetwater Creek State Park. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Free admission day is 9/26/09.
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8/8/2009
The trails were well marked and easy to follow. The trail down by the riverbed is more difficult to navigate because of rocks but shorter then the easier alternative trail. Both lead to the falls. I haven't tried the white or yellow trails yet. Planning to do that in September.
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11/23/2008
Sweetwater Creek State Park has several trails totaling 9 miles. I hiked the red/white and yellow trails today, total of about 7 miles. The red trail has beautiful views of Sweetwater Creek, which has some rapids that are Class V, when the water level is up. There are also ruins of a Civil War era textile mill along the red trail. The red trail leads into the white trail which has some great views of the creek also. This trail leads into some of the more remote areas of the park and is less traveled. The white trail completes a loop, where the 3 mile long yellow trail starts. This trail is elevated and gives a great view of the creek. All in all, a moderate hike, with moderate traffic and some beautiful views.
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12/2/2007
I did the white/blue loop, having previously done part of the blue trail previously. I found the white trail quite enjoyable. Be careful at the rocks near where the white trail meets the blue trail. It is very easy to slip. I was intregued by a bridge with a sign talkiing about an unmaintained trail that lead to the site of the New Manchester settlement. I went a short distance, and made a note to explore more of it in the future.
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11/13/2006
Great park within a short drive of Atlanta. One of my two favorite parks near Atlatna (the other one is Kenessaw Mountain). The river is wonderful, great rock outcrops, excellent topography, and old ruins to explore. Makes a great outing.
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9/10/2006
This trail is what you would expect of a trail that runs around the perimeter of one of the most popular parks in the Atlanta area. On the one hand it is a rather nice walk and for the most part quiet. On the other, there's not much "communing with nature" going on here, but that can be OK sometimes (especially when you live 7 miles away and don't want to drive a long way for a real hike). The hike itself is a loop around the mountain itself and can be picked up at several points along the loop. By far the busiest portion of this trail is from the Grist Mill & Covered Bridge area to the Skyride Area, although there is still a good amount of traffic from that point to the point where the loop trail meets up with the walk-up trail as well. The vast majority of this trail is rather flat, with the exception of the southeast portion where the trail crosses the lower portions of the mountain. Here the trail does not so much climb in altitude as it does run perpendicular to the slope. This can be a bit uncomfortable on the ankles and at times (ie. when wet) treacherous, but is not at all difficult. I will definately be going again, more for the convenience than the quality of trails
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10/17/2005
The trail is excellent. A wonderful combination of hiking and history. We did the white/red trail combination for a total of 5 miles and it was a perfect afternoon. The white trial was a good opportunity to get the heartrate up and get a good workout and then the second half of the hike (red trail) was a place to slow down and take in all the beauty and history. A little crowded on the red trail but still worth the drive.
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8/7/2004
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Trail Information

Forsyth
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr., Jackson 30233; (478) 9933053; www.gastateparks.org
Local Contacts
USGS High Falls; detailed maps of the park and trails available from the park office
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018