We couldn’t take a trip to the mountains without actually exploring the landscape a little bit. A quick stop at Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail added the perfect amount of nature to our trip. This half mile round trip hike offers a beautiful view of Georgia mountains landscape in addition to the waterfall’s double cascades. The day we visited, the trail was bustling with people of all ages as well as their four-legged companions. The ease of this hike (and the beautiful weather at the time) makes it a fun adventure for adults and children alike.
The hike follows a stream that flows over moss covered rocks and fallen trees. The rust colored soil and fallen leaves gave us heart eyes over the Autumn landscape. We noticed an old abandoned house that looked as though it was used as a hunting lodge once upon a time.
There’s a landing at the bottom of the waterfall that makes a perfect place to snap some photos. If you feel like a little bit of a challenge, you can hike up to the top of the waterfall. (As it turns out, hiking a steep incline with a 15 pound baby strapped to your chest is quite the work out but me and Emme made it to the top!)
If we had more time, I would have loved to explore further but this was a fun little nature pit stop. Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is another popular stop along the Benton MacKaye Trail, as well as numerous other waterfalls in Blue Ridge. We definitely recommend stopping by Fall Branch Falls if you have a little bit of extra time while visiting Blue Ridge and especially if you need to stretch your legs or give your kids (or dogs) a chance to let out a little bit of energy.