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Raven Cliff Falls Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Raven Cliffs Wilderness   Hike: Raven Cliff Falls Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 17 2012  10:30 am >> Sat, Mar 17 2012 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 13 2012 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 16 2012 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



This is one of the most popular hikes in Georgia, and for good reason.

Ravens Cliff Falls, which plummets over a 125 foot rock cliff, are a wonder to behold, and the very moderate 2.5 mile hike to the falls (5 miles round trip) in is almost equally as stunning. The path begins as a wide road near the junction of Dodd and Bear Den Creek and closely follows Dodd Creek up to the falls. On the path several additional waterfalls add to the pleasure of this trek.

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.

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.

Thanks to past trip leaders for this text (Lisa M)!

More reading on wikipedia 

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes or Boots, Lunch, Water/Drink

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of shoes, shirt 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 north, which is also US 19.
As you approach Dahlonega, at the intersection of GA 60, go straight to Hwy 115.  Go right on Hwy 115.   

Continue along Hwy 115, do not enter Cleveland; instead go left on Tesnatee Gap Valley Road until it dead ends at Hwy 129, go left.

Go right on Hwy 75.   Continue until Hwy 348, go left.

Look for parking lot for Raven Cliffs Falls after about 3.0 miles on GA 348.

(34.71044, -83.78777)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):148Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $59.20 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.

If chance of thunderstorms exceed 50%, the trip may be canceled.
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