After a long day of walking around the beautiful German like town of Helen, Georgia my husband and I decided to head out to the mountains. Before our family vacation I had made a list of several places I would like to visit including Anna Ruby Falls. The scattered thunderstorms put a hold on many of our plans but I made sure to not put a hold on seeing this magical place.

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As we drove out of Helen to head back to camp I immediately saw the sign for Unicoi State Park. It was still daylight and the dark clouds were still far away. We decided to go for it and check out Unicoi State Park and head to Anna Ruby Falls.

As we arrived there we followed all the signs that led to Anna Ruby Falls. We paid the entrance fee and headed up the mountain towards the parking lot. We parked by the gift shop and visitor center. As I got out of the car I can already hear the water flowing through the creek nearby. With all the rain that had been falling, I knew this waterfall was going to be flowing beautifully.

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HEADING TO ANNA RUBY FALLS

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We made our way past “Smokey The Bear” and over to the trail-head where I saw this beautiful Leather-leaf mahonia with gorgeous berries on it (I will talk more about it later). We continued our way up the paved path by the water, up the hill, and all the way to the falls. It was short hike of about 0.4 miles to the falls. Fairly easy as well. My 6 year old daughter Bella was hiking it like a little pro.

We arrived and just stood there for a minute in awe. I knew the pictures were beautiful but I had no idea how truly huge and gorgeous Anna Ruby Falls really was till I saw it for my own self. The waterfall flowed so freely. There were two waterfalls to view and one of them was like two waterfalls in one. I felt like there was water flowing all around me.

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After taking a few family photos we decided to head back before it started raining. The clouds were quickly approaching and almost right over our heads. Not that I am scared of water but more scared of thunder and lightning and being with the kiddos. No need to have that mix.

WHAT TO KNOW

First thing first. You must know a few things before heading off to this paved hike.

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leave no trace

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WHAT TO BRING & WEAR

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LOCATION

2326 1788, GA-356, Helen, GA 30545

You can also put Unicoi State Park on your GPS and it will take you straight to the park. Once you enter the state park you will see signs for Anna Ruby Falls. Just follow them up the mountain till you get to the entrance gate where they will collect the fees.

berries leatherleaf mahonia

LEATHERLEAF MAHONIA

About that Leatherleaf mahonia that I found at the beginning of the trail. After doing the hike I decided to research it. I came to find a few cool facts about it.

Well I hope you enjoyed this hiking guide. Have you been to Anna Ruby Falls before? Or do you plan on adding this beautiful gem to your Georgia bucket list now? Let me know in the comments. I love to talk with my readers.

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RESOURCES FOR LEATHER LEAF MAHONIA

  1. https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2522/leatherleaf-mahonia/
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/mahonia-melange/
  3. https://herberowe.wordpress.com/tag/wild-edible/

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