Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bad Branch Falls

Amy and Jack's Memorial Day Weekend Getaway to Georgia

Chapter 7 - Bad Branch Falls
Rabun County, GA
Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Again, I highly recommend a visit to Minnehaha Falls. If you are already in the area, you might as well check out Bad Branch Falls as well

Bad Branch Falls

Directions (from Clayton, GA):
1. From the Hwy441 / Hwy76 Intersection head south on Hwy 441 for 6.0 miles
2. Turn Right onto the Old Hwy441 Connector (Wiley Connector) to connect with Old Hwy 441
3. Turn Left on Old Hwy 441 and head south.
4. After about 1.5 miles head straight on Lake Rabun Road (don't continue on Old Hwy 441 South)
5. Continue on Lake Rabun Road for a little over 6 miles and cross over the lake on the bridge just below the Lake Seed Dam.
6. A short distance after the bridge bear right on Low Gap Road
7. After about a quarter mile turn right on Crow Creek Road.
8. Follow Crow Creek Road for just under 3.0 miles. The trailhead will be on the left side of the road heading up the left side of the creek.
Note: The trailhead is not obvious. Open your car windows and listen for the sound of the creek. Once you locate the creek, finding trail up the left side becomes much easier!

Bad Branch Falls

Bad Branch Falls is a real nice waterfall of about 25-feet. It is on a fairly low volume creek so it would be best to visit during the wet season. I figure it would be barely a trickle during drought conditions.

Jack and Amy at Bad Branch Falls

Bad Branch Falls

It is a relatively easy quarter mile hike to the base of the waterfall. The trail was in real good shape and clear of any deadfall.

This was not the case of Crow Creek Falls. The trailhead to Crow Creek Falls is located 0.8 further down Crow Creek Road. Recent storms have wrecked havoc on this trail and there are spots where the deadfall is virtually impassable. Since we were both in shorts and the forest was full of poison ivy, we gave up on trying to get to Crow Creek Falls.

Here is a shot of Crow Creek Falls from my last visit to the area back in 2005

Crow Creek Falls (October 2005)

1 comment:

HemlockMan said...

North Georgia is packed with waterfalls. When I was in high school one of my classmate's parents owned a large amount of acreage in Fannin County (just across the border from where we went to school) and they had a 70-foot waterfall on their property. I never visited it, but I did see photos. It was an impressive spot. And privately owned. I don't think it's on any list of waterfalls.