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medkatinjax wrote a review Oct 2020
Jacksonville, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
To get to the parking at the trail head, you have to cross a creek. Although we saw cars that were not SUVs cross the creek, we would not have been comfortable taking a regular family sedan over the water to the parking area. The distance from the entrance, where one drives over the water, to the trailhead is about 0.5 miles with significant elevation changes so if we were unable to make it to the trailhead by car, we would have chosen to abort the hike given that we have young children. We truly enjoyed the hike to the falls and back. Great hike for our girls, ages 3 and 6. Of note, the foot bridge that allows you to cross creek is out. There is a large tree over the creek with some remnants of the foot bridge that can be used to cross the creek. I was able to hold my 6 year old's hand and my husband carried the 3 year old across the makeshift bridge. There were several other hikers that turned around at the creek and thus never made it to either Blue Hole or High Shoal falls. This is the longest hike we have had our 3 yr old take (especially when you consider the elevation change -- we are from flat Florida), but she was a champ and it was well worth it. Because we had the children, it took us just over 2.5 hours to go to the falls and return to the car.…
Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Bama wrote a review Sep 2020
Murphy, North Carolina87 contributions42 helpful votes
First time to visit there and we love waterfalls....with the recent rains the waterfall was really nice.
Date of experience: September 2020
Laura E wrote a review Jul 2020
Jefferson, Georgia5 contributions
Moderate level hike, but not too long to find this small waterfall. There is a rope swing for those daring enough....
Date of experience: July 2020
Amber wrote a review Jun 2020
Cartersville, Georgia6 contributions11 helpful votes
This review is for Blue Hole AND High Shoals Falls because they are on the same hiking trail about 1 mile apart located on High Shoals Creek accessed by taking Indian Grave Gap Road (Forest Service Road 283) which a very narrow rough/bumpy gravel road! You should take caution that once you enter the service road there is a shallow creek/ stream about 100 yards in that you will have to cross by car. If there hasn’t been any heavy rain, most cars will be able to cross it without a problem. We didn’t cross it because I wasn’t sure if my Sentra would make it but we later saw a lot of small cars parked at the top near the trailhead that were able to make it. If you feel your car won’t cross you can definitely park on the side of the road and walk up. I would NOT recommend walking though because the hike up to the trailhead area is a very STEEP 1 hour hike on foot (appx. 2 miles up). We parked on the side of the gravel road and planned to walk not knowing how far it was. However we stopped a guy with a large truck and asked to hitch a ride up. So glad we did because I don’t think we would have even made it to the trailhead without him!!!! Next time I’m definitely taking a 4 wheel drive vehicle just to ease my mind. Once you make it the two miles up, you will start to see a lot of cars parked on the side of the road and the trail entrance will be on your left. You will see a small parking area / pull off area that fits a few cars. Be aware that there is no marker for the trail entrance. At this point, it looks there are two trails that fork. Take the the trail down on the right. To reach both falls you will hike appx 1 mile downhill on rough uneven natural path with lots of fallen logs that you can easily climb over. Once you hike downhill you will come to a small creek/stream that you will have to cross on foot because the bridge is out. There are some wooden planks to help cross or you can just walk across and get your feet wet. I’m 5’10” and the water was just ankle deep @ the deepest point for me. We saw lots of kids crossing and people holding kids crossing. Once you cross the creek, keep going on the path for another 20-25 minutes. You will see a set of stairs on the left going down. This is Blue Hole Falls (the smaller falls with a swimming pool). When you arrive at the falls there is a small observation deck that overlooks the falls. You can walk down on either side of the deck to reach the swimming area, but side down to the left of the deck is much easier to traverse. We brought chairs and a cooler and set ourselves up towards the back to relax and enjoy the view. The creek plummets 20 plus feet into a deep pool (not sure how deep) but people were jumping from the top of the falls down into the pool. We didn’t jump but we did get into the water. Be prepared to go numb from the water temp. We went in mid-June and the water was ICE COLD around 40 degrees. I don’t think it gets much warmer than that. From there, to reach High Shoals falls continue down the main path another 1.3 -1.5 miles. You will see a set of square wooden steps imbedded in the ground. Hang a left there and continue down the winding trail. This is High Shoals. When you arrive there is a larger observation deck than the previous one which faces the waterfall and the view is amazing!!!!! Down below are large rocks where many people were sitting on and enjoying the view. I’d definitely recommend going down and sitting on the rocks as well. My daughter and I made our way past the rocks and crossed the stream to stand on the base of the waterfall. (Definitely worth it for some great pics!)The rocks are quite slippery so be careful, but there was a family there actually using the slippery rocks as a water slide for the kids! We took about an hour and a half to enjoy both falls. Had we gotten there earlier in the day we could have easily spent 3 hours there. Take note that the hike back is mostly an uphill climb so save some energy to get back up!!! This is a moderate / vigorous hike ( more towards vigorous in my opinion) FYI... Wear comfortable sneakers/ hiking boots. There are no bathrooms. When parking, do a U Turn and park your car in the exit direction which will make it so much easier to get out! Don’t bring a heavy cooler unless you are ok with carrying it a long distance. Bring plenty of water and snacks! Bring a Bluetooth waterproof speaker and some light chairs and enjoy the views!…
Date of experience: June 2020
3 Helpful votes
Sylvie521 wrote a review Jan 2020
Riverview, Florida179 contributions135 helpful votes
Please see reviews on High Shoals Falls. Blue Hole is the first waterfall and about 15 minutes past is High Shoals. Very beautiful and very worth the hike.
Date of experience: January 2020
2 Helpful votes