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Raven Cliff Falls and Wildcat/Cowrock Mountains

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Helen, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 12 2022  7:00 am >> Sun, Jun 12 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jun 8 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 12 2022 6:30 am
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary Hubert
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This hike includes a unique waterfall and panoramic views from 2 mountaintops.  We will begin the hike at the Raven Cliff Falls trailhead.  Raven Cliff Falls is one of North Georgia's most interesting cascades.  It slices through a sheer rock bluff known as Raven Cliff.  Along the way to the falls we will be passing through the Raven Cliff Wilderness where more waterfalls await.  We will stop at the falls for about 45 minutes to have lunch and explore the area around the falls (including some hidden waterfalls at the top of the cliff).  Then, we will follow the same trail back to the cars.  The total distance roundtrip for this part of the hike is approximately 4.9 miles with 700 feet of elevation gain. 

Next, we will drive a few miles down the road to Hogpen Gap.  We will hike 1 mile on the Appalachian Trail from the gap to the top of Wildcat Mountain.  We will spend a few minutes to enjoy the view from the summit and take pictures.  After that, we will continue on to Cowrock mountain and enjoy the view for a few minutes.  Then we will return down the same trail to the cars.  The total distance roundtrip for this part of the hike is approximately 4.5 miles with 1,100 feet of elevation gain.

Total elevation gain for the hike is approximately 1800 ft.

If you are meeting at the trailhead please arrive between 8 and 8:15am.

Required Items to Bring:


Hiking shoes/poles


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Bug Spray

Towel/Change of clothes (if you want to spend time in the water at the falls)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Cleveland, GA take US 129 north/GA 75 Alternate for 3 miles.  Turn right on GA 75 Alternate and follow it 5.1 miles to GA 348.  Turn left and go 2.7 miles to the trailhead on your left.  The trail starts near the bridge over Dodd Creek.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $56.00 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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