DeSoto Falls

August 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

DeSoto Falls  (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recarea/?recid=10524) in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National  Forest is not the tallest or most voluminous pair of waterfalls in Georgia, but it is well worth visiting especially since it is an easy drive and hike and offers views, after this summer’s unusually wet season, of two towering stepped cascades.  A couple of weeks ago Ed and I drove up to the Gainesville National Park Service headquarters to grab our Senior Lifetime Passes before the price escalated from $10 to $80. While there we asked the staff for suggestions for a day hike. DeSoto Falls was the unanimous choice. Supposedly DeSoto Falls got its name when a piece of armor was found near there and it was speculated that it was left by Fernando DeSoto’s Sixteenth Century expedition through the southern states. Having been a historian in a previous life and familiar with the occasional over blown speculation, I am somewhat skeptical. (There also seems to be a DeSoto Falls in Alabama.) Still it is a wonderful day trip from Athens. The road is wide and in good repair, no sharp drop offs, no steep inclines, just a little windy. The hikes are short and moderate. I didn’t even need my hiking stick. The Lower Falls, Upper Falls and Frogtown Creek made wonderful subjects for photography as I practiced using my new “nifty fifty” 50mm prime lens.  I hope you enjoy the photos on my website’s homepage slide show. Remember, you can click on the photo to go to the gallery, and again to get a larger image and description.


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