Minnehaha Falls & Panther Falls

I had a big day planned for this late January 2016 weekend.  The Waterfalls of Brasstown Falls were to be my primary destination.  Any other waterfall destination I could find myself at would just be a bonus.  Brasstown Falls is over 4 hours away for me.  I picked a small town in northern Georgia, Clayton to drive down the day before on Saturday to spend the night.  I wasn’t the only one with a long drive, as most of the friends I was meeting the next day had at least 2 hours to drive.  One particular friend, Daniel Jack Hutchison, had a similar drive as I did, except coming in from Tennessee as opposed to west/central North Carolina.  We made some “rough” plans to see where we were about 1 pm and go from there.  Luckily, we were both set up early in the afternoon and had plenty of time to spare.  He knew of a few waterfalls closeby to Clayton, Ga so off we went.   Continue reading “Minnehaha Falls & Panther Falls”

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Long Creek Falls Along the Chattooga

 It was a late January Sunday afternoon.  We had just spent 1-2 hours exploring each waterfall at Brasstown Falls.  It had already been a great day, and a great weekend as well.  I had spent time the previous day in NE Georgia seeing waterfalls, and had seen some waterfalls the same day before Brasstown.  I could have left for home and been fine…..but that is just not how we roll.  I always try to squeeze in as many waterfalls as possible per trip and usually the hard part is deciding which ones NOT to visit and to save for a later day.  After Brasstown Falls, we had a short meeting of the waterfall minds.  Sids Falls was very close by, but most of us had just recently visited this one.  Daniel had this thing for Kings Creek Falls, which is beautiful and a must-see…but being probably an hour away was just not practical.  It really came down to 2 waterfalls, that were just moments away: Opossum Creek Falls or Long Creek Falls.  They were both very close by.  The trailheads were maybe 1 mile apart on the dirt Turkey Ridge Rd. They were also both on the Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall Challenge 100 (WC100) that I have been working on for several years and had yet to see.  One person in the group had been to these before and warned that Opossum Creek Falls was over 5 miles round trip while Long Creek Falls was around 3 miles round trip.  Being Sunday afternoon now, and long drives home awaiting everyone, we opted for the shorter Long Creek Falls.  It turned out to be a very good choice. Continue reading “Long Creek Falls Along the Chattooga”

Brasstown Falls

 Brasstown Falls is a unique setting  of 4 very cool, interesting, beautiful and different waterfalls located very close to one another.  3 of them are on Brasstown Creek and 1 is just upstream on the feeder stream Little Brasstown Creek.  Brasstown Falls was the destination for one of my trips to South Carolina in 2014, that thanks to bad traffic jams,  taking different routes than planned and just running out of daylight, I ended up at Station Cove Falls.  It wasn’t a total loss.  After that, I kind of forgot about Brasstown for awhile.  It is on the Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall Challenge 100 list that I have been steadily working down for a few years now.  Sooner or later it was going to come up again.  A recent trip to Sids Falls in Oconee County, SC with some friends brought me very close to Brasstown Falls and it came up on the radar screen again.  I had heard some great things about Brasstown Falls.  It was time to plan an overnight trip and come and visit this one.   Continue reading “Brasstown Falls”