Minnehaha Falls

Lake Rabun / Lakemont, Georgia, USA

About Minnehaha Falls

Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 35 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-10-14
Date last visited: 2012-10-14

Waterfall Latitude: 34.74725
Waterfall Longitude: -83.4803

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Minnehaha Falls was Julie’s favorite waterfall in Georgia as it possessed what Julie described as “having character.”

It cascaded over a series of steps surrounded by beautiful and contrasting Autumn colors in a picturesque and tranquil setting.

Minnehaha_Falls_011_20121014 - Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls

The cumulative drop is said to be about 60ft.

Given the waterfall’s unassuming nature as there weren’t obvious signs to find this place, there weren’t the type of crowds we had experienced at both Amicalola Falls and Anna Ruby Falls.

Indeed, it was the type of waterfall experience we wanted to prolong and not leave.

The trail to the Minnehaha Falls is a short 0.6 mile hike (0.3 miles in each direction) from the trailhead.

The trailhead itself is easy to miss (see directions below), and it was some scrawled text on the railing of the stairs that said “TO MINNIHAHA” that indicated to us that we had found the right place.

Minnehaha_Falls_002_20121014 - Sign indicating the start of the short trail leading up to the Minnehaha Falls
Sign indicating the start of the short trail leading up to the Minnehaha Falls

At least it was either that or the “147” sign with the green diamond opposite the steps that could have also served as the trailhead indicator.

Once we ascended the short steps, we were on a fairly narrow dirt trail with lots of fallen leaves, some rocks, and some roots that made the footing somewhat uneven.

Nonetheless, it was a fairly straightforward and mostly flat walk (with a slight uphill grade) leading up to the Minnehaha Falls itself.

So the overall hike didn’t take very long (35 minutes according to my trip logs).

To further add to the experience, we spotted some large slabs of rock that served as a natural impromptu seating area to take it all in.


Minnehaha Falls resides in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests near Lakemont in Rabun County, Georgia. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Minnehaha_Falls_003_20121014 - The dirt trail leading to Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha_Falls_007_20121014 - Looking right at the attractive Minnehaha Falls with some fallen orange leaves around it
Minnehaha_Falls_019_20121014 - More zoomed in look at the Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha_Falls_020_20121014 - Broad look at the Minnehaha Falls surrounded by fallen leaves
Minnehaha_Falls_024_20121014 - More angled perspective of the Minnehaha Falls for a different look at it

Minnehaha Falls is near Lake Rabun, Georgia, but took two different driving routes to and from this waterfall.

From Anna Ruby Falls to Minnehaha Falls

We drove here from Anna Ruby Falls so here was the way we went.

From Anna Ruby Falls Rd, we headed east on Hwy 356 for about 10 miles then turned left onto Hwy 197 and took that for about another 3 miles.

Then, we turned right onto Burton Dam Rd, followed it for about 3 miles veering right to go onto Seed Lake Rd.

We then proceeded on Seed Lake Rd for another 4.4 miles before turning right across a bridge onto Bear Gap Rd.

Next, we drove the unpaved Bear Gap Rd another 1.7 miles before arriving at the trailhead.

We definitely had to pay close attention since there were no obvious signs en route that indicated the presence of the waterfall.

The trailhead parking seemed to be able to reasonably fit about 3 or 4 vehicles.

There also seemed to be other spillover spots before private property signs started to come into play again.

Our drive from Anna Ruby Falls to Minnehaha Falls took about 50 minutes.

From Toccoa to Minnehaha Falls

Alternately, we could’ve driven up from Toccoa.

That would require us to take the Hwy 17-Alt then US 441 before cutting across on Old GA 441.

Next, we’d drive on Lake Rabun Rd towards the turnoff for the unpaved Low Gap Rd.

We ended up heading to Toccoa after visiting this waterfall so we could tell you that it took us about 45 minutes to go this route.

Finally for some geographical context, Toccoa was 50 miles (over an hour drive) north of Athens and 94 miles (90 minutes drive) northeast of Atlanta.

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Better in person than in a picture August 8, 2014 9:25 pm by Eric Miller - No offense meant to the photographer, these are great pictures, this was just much more spectacular to me than it looks here. Part of that is the non-crowded setting- I was all alone here for an hour, much better than Anna-Ruby or other "public" places. Minnehhaha is worth the trip for sure. FYI I read… ...Read More

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