Anna Ruby Falls is a family-friendly trail located in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen, GA, and features a pair of beautiful waterfalls.
The hike is relatively easy and while mostly uphill it does offer rest stops along the way complete with benches. With just under a half mile one way, this paved trail is very kid-friendly, dog-friendly and stroller friendly. Do keep in mind that all dogs need to be leashed.
The trail to Anna Ruby Falls follows along a beautiful waterfall-filled creek which offers scenic beauty throughout the entire trail.
The trails is nice and wide, but towards the top it does get a little tight, and in order to get to the viewing platform you will have to go up stairs.
The falls is absolutely beautiful and the walk down is much easier (and faster) than the walk up. Our entire family loved this hike.
The waterfalls at Anna Ruby Falls are created by two creeks. The Curtis Creek falls drop 153 feet and the York Creek falls on the right are much shorter at 50 feet, but still spectacular. Where the creeks join are considered to be part of Smith Creek which flows into Unicoi State Park and forms Smith Lake.
Keep in mind that there is a small fee of $4 a person (age 16+) to get in to Anna Ruby Falls area. Once inside the area, you will find restrooms, picnic area, gift shops and more.
Hike to Falls: .5 mile one way paved trail
Picnic Tables: Yes
Entrance Fee: $3 a person (ages 16+)
Smith Creek Trail: The Smith Creek Trail is 4.6 miles and connects the base of Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park.
The Lion’s Eye Trail: Begins at visitor center and runs along Smith Creek. This trail is designed to provide visually impaired individuals the opportunity to visit the creek. This trail offers hand rails as well as braille signs.