Raven Cliffs Trail to Dodd Creek Falls

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As you’re driving along the Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway (Georgia Route 348), you’ll come across several great hiking opportunities.  The most popular is likely the Raven Cliffs Trail, a 5-mile round-trip to a waterfall that pours through a narrow crack in a rock wall.  I didn’t make it all the way to the end of the trail, but I did go far enough to visit one of the prettiest waterfalls I’ve ever photographed: Dodd Creek Falls, about 1.5 miles in.

Let’s start at the beginning…

… at this dirt road, just off Route 348.

There’s a trailhead here…

… and it’s easy to spot the start of the Raven Cliffs Trail.  Plunge into the woods…

… and you’ll find a well-maintained and easy-to-follow path that follows Dodd Creek.  Some of the trail is flat, but parts of it require an uphill climb.

Watch for some fun fungus along the way…

… and create a few cairns with river rocks, along the banks of Dodd Creek.

It’s a peaceful, relaxing walk through the woods, densely forested, but with a few wide-open spots like this one.

You’ll pass some small, picturesque rapids, but the big attraction is still ahead!

About a mile and a half into the hike, I came upon Dodd Creek Falls.  What an impressive waterfall!

The waterfall has a tall upper cascade, followed by some smaller drops and tumbles down a rocky slide.

There are plenty of different ways to photograph it — just bring a tripod and wander around for a while.  You will have to climb down a slope from the main trail, but the path is rather obvious and only a little difficult.

Since it was getting late in the day, and the forest was already growing shadowy and feeling lonely, I decided not to hike on to Raven Cliffs.  From the photos I’ve seen, I don’t think Raven Cliffs Falls can be easily photographed.  It also helped to know that I had already shot one great waterfall on this hike.

By the time I returned to the parking lot, it was empty, except for my car.  If I had continued on to Raven Cliffs, I would have been all alone.

[tmt_info =””]You’ll find the Raven Cliffs trailhead along Highway 348, about 3.6 miles from the Route 75A turnoff. [/tmt_info]

[tmt_info =””]Another nearby waterfall is Dukes Creek Falls. You’ll see the trailhead for the Dukes Creek Trail shortly before Raven Cliffs. Dukes Creek Falls requires a 1.9 mile round-trip down, then back up, a set of switchbacks.[/tmt_info]

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