Exploring Georgia: Toccoa Falls

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The other Saturday we woke up with absolutely no plans for the day (except to mow the yard which doesn't count because that's on the list for every Saturday). We were both lounging in bed, scrolling on our phones, when I came across a photo of Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot waterfall in North Georgia. "Let's go here today," I told Mark, showing him the picture. A few hours later, we were in the car headed north to Toccoa. 

The falls are located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College and very accessible, just a few minutes walk away from a visitors' center. It is a pretty impressive waterfall and you can get very close to it — some people were even swimming beneath the waterfall. We saw several water moccasins sunning on the rocks nearby and decided to keep our distance. Overall, it was nice to see once but probably not worth a repeat visit. It's a great walk for young children or elderly folks (or people who've just had back surgery) since the walk is very level and short. But, besides the short walk to the falls and back, there's not much exploration to do.

A wedding had just taken place at the base of the falls when we arrived and a cellist was playing on the rocks beside the falls. We stood there for several minutes listening to the notes above the roar of the waterfall. It's not every day that you stumble on a cello concert by a waterfall, so that was pretty cool!

We topped off the day with a stop by Hop's Kitchen in Gainesville for lunch. Mark tried their mushroom & pesto burger and I got the Dirty Bird chicken sandwich. We tried a bite of each other's sandwiches and each claimed that our order was better, so we agreed to disagree. If you're in Gainesville around lunchtime, highly recommend this little gem.

999 Chestnut Street
Gainesville, GA 30501

107 Kincaid Dr
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

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