|Ravens Cliff &
Duke Creek Falls
Scenic 5-mile Hike
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Ravens Cliff Falls Trail is a wonder to behold, and the hike in is almost equally as stunning. After the first waterfall a change in the trees is obvious. The forest is dominated by hardwoods. Short cascades and riplets of whitewater produce a relaxing gurgle during a significant portion of the hike. On the path several additional waterfalls add to the pleasure of this trek.
The path is rarely more than 50 feet from the creek, and this eastern facing cove has an abundance of wildlife. The approach to the Cliffs is the highlight of the trip. A quick climb and loud noise impart the message of the approaching waterfall. The water rushes through a split in the rocks and splashes down in cascades to the bottom. Typical of high forest falls, water flow is heavy only in the spring, but somehow the way the cliff is shaped makes these falls seem strong most of the year. A short path leads to the top of falls.
The Dukes Creek Falls pathway is remarkably level, it descends more than 400 feet on the half-mile walk. The sound of the waterfall can only be heard at the middle of each switchback, fading as the next turn approaches. Where the footpath switches back the sounds of the forest are louder than the falls.
As always, wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring plenty of water and snacks.
Remember...we car pool and each rider is asked to give the driver $5 for gas.
Meet at 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA 30019-1519. We will be in the parking lot in front of the new Hong Kong Market (the old International Farmers Market). Click here for directions. It is a 2-hour ride from Atlanta. Prepare for a long day.
A very colorful hike south of Atlanta near Columbus, GA. It is a scenic 3-hour drive from Atlanta. Rated Easy. Plan for a long day. We will meet at the IHOP off Exit 64 on I-85. More info will be forthcoming.
About Hartfield''s Hikes
We hike the first Saturday of every month unless posted oth erwise, with Hike Master Clarence Wilson who has been leading hikes in the Georgia Mountains since the late 1980's. Our hikers are all ages from youth to seniors. Please make note of the length of the hike and the rating. We are as fast as the slowest person...no need to feel pressured. We enjoy nature and the company of each other as we walk the trails.
We are just a group of people who want to enjoy nature and are aware of the benefits this fitness activity gives us. We have men and women and youth are welcomed to join us as well. (We are an outgrowtn of the New Birth Singles Ministry hikers.)