The entrance to Raven Cliff Falls -- photo by David Young
Hiking this time of year can be great for the mind and body. The cool, crisp winter air and a slight welcoming breeze will help keep your blood pumping as you blaze through a mountain trail. Raven Cliff Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a refreshing hike after a long and dreary winter.
Raven Cliff Falls -- photo by David Young
The trail starts in a parking lot at the intersection of Dodd and Bear Den Creek. There is trail information and a public restroom available in the parking lot before setting out on the hike. Be sure to bring water, though the trail is not long, water is always important.
Raven Cliff Falls is a 2.5 mile hike one way to a majestic and awe-inspiring waterfall. Along the trail a hiker will cross streams, campsites, and some rocky terrain, so be ready for a little adventure. The hike is beautiful and just long enough to have a good time in the wilderness, but short enough to make it a family adventure. After the 2.5 mile hike, you will be standing at the base of Raven Cliff Falls, a monument to the power of nature. There is a slope on the side of the cliff suitable for a climber of almost any age. You can climb to the top of the cliff and get a full feeling of the waterfall's greatness.
The Raven Cliff Falls trail is in close proximity to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Allow yourself some extra time and hike a few miles of this legendary path. It is worth the time and effort to walk in the footsteps of so many great adventurers.
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