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Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail in Blue Ridge, Georgia

This is another recap post from our annual friendcation to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Catch up by reading about our cabin rental and trip to Serenberry Vineyards.

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.

Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia

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.

Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia

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!)

Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia
Take a short half mile roundtrip hike in the Georgia mountains to discover Fall Branch Falls along the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside Blue Ridge. #exploregeorgia

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.

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