Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls from Unicoi State Park - Wed, Mar 10 2021

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Smith Creek Trail to Anna Ruby Falls from Unicoi State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Helen, GA
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Mar 10 2021  10:00 am >> Wed, Mar 10 2021 4:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 26 2021 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 10 2021 8:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's hike the Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park following a historic gold mining ditch to Anna Ruby’s stunning double cascades. This out and back hike is 8.7 miles with 1800 feet of elevation gain. Once at the falls I like to hike further along Smith Creek to the restrooms which add an additional .8 of a mile round trip and 187 feet of elevation. It's worth the effort but this portion is optional. While at the falls we will enjoy our lunch and take photos. 

We'll hike at a moderate pace, 2.5 overall. Faster for flats and downhills.

I believe we will easily complete this hike in the time indicated. It depends on how much time is spent at the falls. Please be flexible. :-)

Please observe CDC guidelines requiring folks bring a mask to wear when inside or when not able to distance.
Photo credit: Joyce Taaffe

Required Items to Bring:

Snacks or lunch

Water or other drinks

Good Hiking shoes/boots


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

Rain gear (just in case)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Unicoi State Park
1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545

There is no carpool for this event.

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.


Let's hike!

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Cost Includes:

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.