I love the natural beauty of Georgia with beautiful waterfalls within only an hour or two from downtown Atlanta. At the beginning of September, Jeff and I were able to take a weekend trip to the mountain area near the north Georgia towns of Ellijay, Blue Ridge, and Blairsville. This is one of our favorite places for a quick vacation and recommend it to anyone who wants an easy trip that feels like hours away from the city.
Our first short hikes was to Fall Branch Falls near Ellijay and Jasper. This one-half mile easy hike takes you along the Benton MacKaye Trail.
The Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) is a 300-mile long trail that runs along the western crest of the Applachian Mountains from Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Davenport Gap in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Benton MacKaye proposed the Appalachian Trail; the BMT actually begins at the Appalachian Trail Springer Mountain sign.
A tiny portion of the 300-mile BMT takes you to Fall Branch Falls, a quick, easy hike to a beautiful waterfall.
Another great waterfall that is about an hour away from Fall Branch Falls is Helton Creek Falls near Blairsville. The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an even shorter hike, less than 1/2 mile, to this multi-leveled waterfall.
In addition to the upper falls, there are many beautiful sites as the creek continues to tumble over rocks before dropping down to the lower portion of the falls.
This is a very popular hike near Blood Mountain, Vogel State Park, and Brasstown Bald and well worth a visit.
While we were in the area, we stopped in at Cabin Coffee on the town square in Blairsville and wandered right into a classic car show. I don't think you can be guaranteed to always see a car show with every visit, but Cabin Coffee is a great place to stop.
As we made our way back to our cabin, we had to make one final stop in Cherry Log at the Pink Pig. We have been fortunate to eat at the Pink Pig BBQ twice now and will plan to go back every time we are in that area. The BBQ is excellent, and Jeff strongly recommends you save room for the banana pudding.
We head to the north Georgia mountains every chance we get and spend way too much time plotting how we can live there full time. As of now, we'll have to be content just driving up every chance we get to enjoy the mountains only one to two hours from home.
Our intrepid trail dog, Finn, approves of the content of this post. You can learn more about Finn and his wonderful trainer, Marco, in this week's Fresh Path Story.