Hiking TrailOutdoor Adventure
This brief leg-stretch is marked by the first bridge across the Chattahoochee River. .3 miles; in and out
County: White County, GA, Union County, GA
Features: waterfalls, stream, family,camping, bathrooms
Horsetrough Trail leads to beautiful Horse Trough Falls, high in the watershed of the Chattahoochee River.
Horsetrough Mountain, a peak on the Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to many falls that feed the Chattahoochee River, which forms within a mile of the Horsetrough Falls, about 300 feet below the aptly named Chattahoochee Gap on Coon's Den Ridge. The water that passes over these falls joins the Chattahoochee River, beginning a nearly 500-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico.
From a sign in the furthest campground parking lot the trail curves left, quickly coming to a wooden bridge over the Chattahoochee River that is only a few feet wide at this point. Easily climbing through a diverse hardwood forest the trail is completely shaded, normally running 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the campground. The wide, short trail is great for families with young children, but is probably not one for strollers. The trail follows Horsetrough Creek, which runs to the left of the trail. This is the common name for the creek, which does not have a name on the topo maps.
Quickly, the trail ends at a wooden viewing platform. Like so many north Georgia waterfalls, Horsetrough Falls drops in a series of free-falls and cascades, combining three seperate ledges to create the 55-foot tall waterfall.