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Raven Cliff and Dukes Creek Falls, Lets Get Wet

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cleveland, GA   Hike: Raven Cliff and Dukes Creek Falls, Lets Get Wet  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 29 2016  9:00 am >> Sun, May 29 2016 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 25 2016 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 28 2016 10:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:9 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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The carpool will leave promptly at 9 AM and the hike at Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead will begin at 10:30 am. 

It is suppose to be 86 degree this Sunday so lets get wet under the water fall.

The Raven Cliff Trail is 3.3 miles and follows a beautiful, rushing trout stream in a shady, moss-filled forest which ends at Raven Cliff Falls. There are many 'small falls’ along the trail and we will stop periodically to enjoy them.

The Raven Cliff Falls are an unusual cascade of water flowing down through a fissure in a massive granite outcrop: it consists of three drops, a 60-foot drop, a 20-foot drop into a deep pool and then a cascade of 20 feet into Dodd Creek. We will stop at the base of the falls to have lunch while listening to the meditative sounds of the cascading water.

For those that want an additional adventure: you can climb up Raven Cliff, which is a rather steep ascent (60 feet) adjacent to the falls overlooking the area. The climb up Raven Cliff is Optional.

After lunch we’ll hike back along the stream to the cars and drive to the Dukes Creek Falls parking lot. (5 minute car ride away)

The hike to Duke Creek Falls is 1.1 mile with a 400 foot decent before we get to the base of the falls overlook. The view of this 150 foot waterfall is breathtaking. We’ll stay here for about 15 to 30 minutes before departing back up the trail to the cars.

Elevation between the two trails will be about 1000 feet with a distance of 8-9 miles.

We should be back at the Winward Park n Ride around 5:00 pm.

There is no parking fee at Raven, but there is a $4 fee at Duke.

There are vault toilets at both locations, but no fresh water. So bring plenty.



Required Items to Bring:

2 litters of water



Cash for driver and parking

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

Additional shoes and shirts for the ride home, swim trunk/ towel just in case you decided to go under water falls.


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Windward Park and Ride to Raven Cliff Falls parking lot:  Take GA 400 North.  To GA 115, toward Cleveland.  Left on Tesnatee Gap Valley Road. Left on GA 129 North. Right on GA 75 Alt. Left on GA 348 which is Richard Russell Hwy. Go about 3 miles to the Raven Cliff Parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):132Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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