A few weekends ago, J took himself off for an adventure in his Jeep Chief, and headed a little ways down the road to explore Dicks Creek Falls. He came back with pictures that made me jealous that I’d not gone, so we went back out the day after Christmas.
Dicks Creek Falls is right off one of the Forestry Service roads here in Dahlonega. The road to the falls is narrow at times and it’s probably a good idea to take a vehicle with 4 wheel drive (especially if it’s been raining) – though we saw several cars make it in and out okay. A busy day (from our estimate) involves passing approximately five cars on your way in and out.
The parking lot for the falls is off to the right, and the falls are just across the road. It’s a short trail to get to a view of the falls, and the trail runs alongside the creek for awhile so you can explore a bit. I loved seeing the falls from different angles!
We started at the bottom, and were stunned at the quantity and speed of the water coming over the falls. The Southeast received a significant amount of rain the week of Christmas, so the flow was much heavier than normal. In fact, a delightful spray, reminiscent of of our trip to Oregon, came up off the water and created the teeniest bit of fog.
We moved up the falls rather quickly (that spray was cold!) and found that two creeks, Dicks Creek and another, converge just above the falls. The amount of water coming from both creeks was incredible. We put a hand on a tree that had fallen across where the creeks meet, and could feel the power of the water hitting the tree.
Here’s a really nice video of the falls on Vimeo by a videographer named Mark Smith from a few years back – you can see the falls as they normally are.
I highly recommend the drive out to the falls if you are in the area. We’ll be heading back throughout the year!