Long Creek Falls - The most popular of the waterfalls in Fannin County is Long Creek Falls, which can be seen by hiking down a short side trail from the combined Appalachian/Benton MacKaye Trail. These falls total about 50 feet in two distinct drops. A leisurely 30 minute hike to the falls is uphill on the way in, downhill on the way out.
Directions - take Aska Road south until it dead-ends into Newport Road, turn right and continue down Newport. At the end of Newport, turn left onto Doublehead Gap Road, which becomes a dirt road and then take FS 42 9 miles in to the other side of FS 58.Just past a church and cemetery the road narrows, then splits into three separate roads. Turn right onto FS58 and travel 5.4 miles to a widening in the road. This is Three Forks.
Falls Branch Falls - The upper portion of Fall Branch Falls is a series of cascades that lead to a single major drop of some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a deep pool at the base of the falls. These falls, along the Benton MacKaye Trail west of Aska Road are a shorter, although a bit harder, walk than Long Creek Falls.
Directions - take Aska Road south 8 miles and turn right on Stanley Creek Road. Go 3.1 miles to the parking lot on the right just past the bridge over Falls Branch.
Sea Creek Falls - Located in the Cooper Creek Scenic Area, Sea Creek Falls are an easy walk of less than 0.1 miles. Unfortunately, the drive can be difficult. The first, or upper, falls is a series of steep cascades ending in a brief drop. The second falls is also a series of steep cascades. When the water flow is heavy either in late Winter or Spring or after a summer rain, these are a remarkable sight.
Directions - from the Georgia Mountain Parkway just past Blue Ridge, take Highway 60 south (toward Morganton). At Cooper Creek Store, turn left on Cooper Creek Road (this road is also called Mulky Gap Road). After 3.3 miles, the road makes a dramatic turn back on itself and FS 264 comes off to the left. This road is rough and may not be passable in anything but a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Travel 0.3 miles to a campground, park, and walk 0.1 miles further up the creek.
Jacks River Falls - This popular destination in the Cohutta Wilderness Area requires the longest walk of all of the falls in Fannin County. The easiest access is a 9.2 mile hike from Dally Gap along the Jacks River Trail.
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