Best Waterfalls for Families to Visit in Georgia
Waterfalls are nature’s action movies: fast-paced, exciting and a great way to beat the heat. These easy-to-reach waterfalls in Georgia – some right here in metro Atlanta – are ideal for families to visit.
Southwest Atlanta is the site of a stunning waterfall, tucked inside one of the city’s oldest forests. As you splash, stay alert for wildlife in this lush spot! Kids can also explore the remnants of a stone springhouse (with moat) and Civil War-era trenches on this former battlefield site.
Take the Marble Mine Trail to peek into the mouth of the old mine and explore four natural springs and a small 35-foot waterfall that is active in spring and winter only. Visit late in the day to catch spectacular sunsets over the lake.
Encounter stacked-stone ruins of the Civil War-era Marietta Paper Company close to this waterfall, adding historic character to a splashy adventure among the big flat rocks. The small falls once powered the paper mill.
Where the red and white trails converge several small waterfalls create a beautiful place to watch and listen to the rushing waters. The ruins of the New Manchester textile mill run alongside the white-water rapids, close to the falls. District 13 movie scenes were shot here, making it a must-see for tweens/teens who love The Hunger Games series!
Beyond Metro Atlanta
Get two waterfalls for the price of one short hike! Find upper and lower falls after a brief, easy walk through a woodsy spot near Helen. Splash in the swimming hole at the base of the falls and stick around to picnic on the rocks in this scenic setting.
The tallest falls in Georgia – a nearly 730-foot cascade – impresses all ages! You can customize the number of steps you’ll take to reach those amazing views from three possible starting points (beginning, middle, or top). On weekends, park rangers present animal encounters in the nearby Amicalola Falls Lodge for a bonus nature experience; be sure to check the park’s calendar of events before you go.
This waterfall near Lake Rabun makes a picture-perfect descent down about 100 feet of stair-stepped rock formations. The falls are less populated than others in North Georgia and requires just a short walk on easy terrain to a front row view from the flat rocks or wading areas at the bottom. Be sure to make a pit stop on the way, because there are no facilities on site.