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Waterfall Walks and Drives in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee Paperback – December 31, 2010
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"Waterfall Walks and Drives in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, is the result of 20 years experience exploring falls throughout the region. His passion and knowledge of the subject are evident in his book and in conversation." Blake Guthrie, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
From the Author
My books have been the standard for waterfallers since 1992. This Second Edition of Waterfall Walks and Drives in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee (published Dec. 2010) has been totally rehiked and remapped. Since my first waterfall visits, more than 40 years ago, I have been hooked. In doing this book and Waterfall Walks and Drives in the Great Smoky Mountains and the Western Carolinas, I have visited over 700 waterfalls. I never get tired of it. To me, visiting a new location is like being a kid on Christmas morning...a journey of wonder and excitement. This is my 5th waterfall book, over the years that adds up to some 80,000 copies in print. My books are self-published...descisions are made by me, not a committee. I don't cut corners. With each book I strive to put out the best product available and be a little on the cutting edge.
This Second Edition of Waterfall Walks and Drives in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee has GPS Waypoints to most trailheads as well as in-depth tips on digital and film photography. The book has a 16 page color spread featuring some of my best photos. More photos can be viewed on my waterfallwalks.com website and the Waterfall Walks Facebook page. The maps are all new, original and expertly done (40 years of mapping experience). All distances were measured with a Rolatape measuring wheel with the exceptions of the Cable Trail at Fall Creek Falls St. Pk., TN and Lower Reed Creek, GA. These locations require you to have your hands free. If you are from out of state and not familiar with the region you may need a state highway map. For those who frequent the region this book is all you need.
Of the more than 200 waterfalls in the book there are three on private property. They are the Falls of Dismals Canyon, AL, Toccoa and Estatoah Falls, GA. Dismals Canyon and Toccoa Falls are fee areas open to the public. Estatoah is on private land but seen from the road. The rest of the falls are all on public lands (National Forests, State Parks, etc.).
It seems that waterfalls in each state have different traits: Georgia's Falls are generally small to medium sized, each with a unique beauty. My favorites are Pocket Branch (visit in April for the algae bloom and the wildflowers) and Lower Reed Creek. (Lower Reed Creek is perhaps the toughest hike I've ever been on. Read the warning in the book.) Anna Ruby Falls, near Helen, is always awesome and perhaps the state's most popular waterfall draw. Anna Ruby is where my waterfall journey began many years ago. Bearden Creek Falls, near Dahlonega, is great for fall color (go after rainfall). Middle Georgia makes the list with High Falls State Park and the Falls on the Pine Mountain Trail, near Warm Springs.
Alabama's falls are generally small but stunning and need to be visited immediately after rainfall. East Bee Branch, the falls of Little River Canyon and nearby Desoto State Park are great places to start. High Falls County Park is home to a 35'-high, 300'-wide waterfall that roars mightily after rainfall.
Tennessee's falls are the biggies. At 256' Fall Creek Falls is the highest free-falling waterfall in the East. Virgin Falls and others in the area are most unusual, as they flow out caves and fall into sinkholes. Old Goat Falls, deep in the Citico Creek Wilderness, is a 9.5 mile round trip hike that is worth every step.
Whether you're a Tenderfoot or a Backcountry Adventurer this book has something for you.
I wish you many hours of hiking enjoyment. May your feet stay forever dry.