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Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls - Wildflowers!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Unicoi State Park   Hike: Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls - Wildflowers!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Apr 16 2019  9:30 am >> Tue, Apr 16 2019 2:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 8 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 15 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Anna Ruby Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the north Georgia mountains.  From the Smith Creek Trailhead at Unicoi State Park, we will hike 4.5 miles along the Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls. We will stop and eat lunch at the falls, walk down along the creek for a stop at the visitor center, and then return on the same trail but with a twist, as we will deviate from the trail and hike along a abandoned forest service road, back on to the main trail for a total of 9 miles for the day.

Looking for pitcher plants (jack in the pulpit) near the falls!

The pace will be on the faster side of moderate (2.5-3.0 mph), but we will take a break for lunch as well as stop to take photos along the way.

Trailhead arrival:  9:30 AM

Trailhead return:  3:00 PM

Park and ride return:  4:30 PM

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Trail Snacks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Unicoi State Park
1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545

From Helen, go north on GA 356. You will cross Unicoi Lake Dam. Make the first left after you cross the dam. The parking area for the Smith Creek Trail is .5 miles on your right, across from the Little Brook campground.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):128Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $51.20 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.


Free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per car, if you do not already have a Georgia State Park parking pass.

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