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Hiking Waterfalls in Georgia and South Carolina
by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)
Fire and ice! Meeting with a fury, these two creeks crash together in the most tremendous way! I assure you, photos do no justice to these beauties. Sitting side by side, two wonderful waterfalls come together to create Dukes Creek Falls.
by Donald Pfitzer (Falcon Guides)
Located in the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area, this trail provides a trek down into the creek gorge to view several scenic waterfalls. From the trailhead elevation of 2,107 feet, the path drops 340 feet through a pair of long switchbacks. Along the way
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta
by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)
Located in the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area, this trail provides a trek down into the creek gorge to view several scenic waterfalls. From the trailhead elevation of 2,107 feet, the path drops 340 feet through a pair of long switchbacks. Along the way the trail descends on a broad path with very few steep spots. Before starting down the Dukes Creek Falls Trail, take a moment to look to the southeast. A good view of the distinctively shaped Mount Yonah is afforded from this spot.The trail begins to the west, traveling along a relatively fl at, paved path that leads to an observation deck. This first portion is wheelchair accessible to the overlook. From the deck, a 300-foot cascade can be seen on the opposite side of the gorge.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams
by John Ross (Falcon Guides)
Wild conditions for almost wild trout. Charles Smithgall was a newsman with a vision. He began buying up parcels in the north Georgia mountains. His dream was to create a retreat where he and his guests could enjoy some of the finest trout fishing in the Southeast. He set about building a lodge, ancillary cabins for staff, and restoring all but the uppermost reaches of Dukes Creek, one of the major tributaries to the Chattahoochee. About five years ago, he sold the holdings, including about five miles of the creek (at about 50 percent of their appraised value) to the state which then established the Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area. Fishing here is like visiting your rich uncle’s estate. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
by Kevin Dallmier (Falcon Guides)
Arguably Georgia’s premiere public-water destination for trophy trout, Dukes Creek is managed under special regulations to maintain and protect the excellent fishing the area offers. More than 7 miles of Dukes Creek and its tributaries flow through the 5,562-acre Smithgall Woods–Dukes Creek Conservation Area. Although some stocking has taken place over the years, the current management scheme is dependent upon natural reproduction to replenish the population. Since the portion of Dukes Creek contained within the area is catch-and-release only, overharvest is not a threat. As one might expect, the glory days of everybody catching huge trout were short-lived, but fish of that size are still a fairly regular occurrence and the stream has given up specimens of more than 26 inches. Even if the lunkers have gotten harder to catch, plenty of 12- to 18-inch fish are available to keep you busy while waiting for the fish of a lifetime. Since Dukes Creek flows gently through a level valley, wading the creek is easy. The creek is large and open enough to allow careful flycasting. Key species: rainbow trout, brown trout.
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