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Raven Cliff Falls Hike & Oktoberfest Party in Helen with Outside Atlanta

Join us for a great hike to the waterfall on Raven Cliff Falls Trail and lunch overlooking the Falls, then on to Helen for Oktoberfest. Outside Atlanta, led by Ron Hilston, and Celebrate Atlanta will combine for a joint hike and Oktoberfest Party in Helen following the hike.

Celebrate Atlanta and Outside Atlanta members who want to carpool can meet at MARTA's Mansell Park & Ride (2255 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Exit 8 on 400) at 9 AM, to carpool to Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead. We will meet at Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead at 11 AM for the hike to Raven Cliff Falls. Once at the Falls, we will eat lunch before returning to our cars. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles out to the Falls, and then back for a total of 5 miles.

From the trailhead, it is a short ride into Helen (but expect traffic as you approach downtown Helen). We will leave Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead and drive into the north end of Helen, 1 mile away, to attend Helen's OktoberFest Party at Festhalle ($9 cover) for a “Live” German Drinking & Dancing Hall Band experience. Oktoberfest begins at 1 PM and goes through midnight. Besides the official Oktoberfest at FestHalle, most places in Helen will be celebrating Oktobefest with live music, plenty of beer and food and about as eclectic a crowd as you can find in Georgia.

So join us as Celebrate Atlanta and Outside Atlanta combine for a great outdoor hike to the beautiful Raven Cliff Falls, and then let's party "Helen Style" at Oktoberfest!

WHERE: Driving Directions from Mansell Park and Ride toRaven Cliff Falls Trailhead at GA-348 W/Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy

1. Merge onto GA-400 N/US-19 N. 27.7 mi

2. Slight right to stay on GA-400 N/US-19 N. 9.6 mi

3. Continue onto Copper Creek D.r 4.8 mi

4. Turn right onto GA-52 E/State Route 52 S. 2.0 mi

5. Continue onto GA-115 N/Cleveland Hwy/Dahlonega Hwy. 10.7 mi

6. Turn left onto Courthouse Square 322 ft

7. Continue onto GA-11 N/US-129 N/N Main St

8. Continue to follow GA-11 N/US-129 N 3.3 mi

9. Take GA 75 N from Helen for 1.5 miles.

10. Turn left onto GA[masked] Alternate) and travel 2.3 miles to the GA 348 W/Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway.

11. Turn right onto GA 348 W/Richard B. Russell Scenic Highwayand travel 2.8 miles to the trailhead and parking area.

BRING: Comfortable Shoes, Water to Drink, Trail Mix, Lunch, Optional Change of Clothing

Raven Cliff Falls Trail Statistics & Information

Activity Type: Hiking

Nearby City: Helen

Length: 4.8 total miles

Trail Type: Out-and-back

Skill Level: Moderate

Duration: 3 hours

Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet

Top Elevation: 3,856 feet

Elevation Gain: 856 feet

Topographic Map:

Season: Year-round, however, spring and fall are best for flowers and leaf colors. Water flow in Dodd Creek is best in spring.

Criss-crossing Dodd Creek, the Raven Cliff Trail treks along a gentle 5-mile out-and-back that accesses one of Georgia’s hidden trail treasures. Start hiking west from the trailhead through a hemlock forest, crossing over Dodd Creek. In the summer time the banks of the creek are lined with white-blooming mountain laurel. Continue hiking past numerous streamside campsites, algae-plastered boulders, and stretches of small white-water cascades. Rhododendron, trout lily, and dog hubble shrub line the trail as it meanders along the creek toward its final destination: Raven Cliff Falls. This three-tiered set of cascades rushes through massive granite fissures before settling in a deep, dark pool. A broad table-top rock above the falls offers a serene and introspective lunch spot before trekking back down the creek to the trail head.

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  • Frances

    I will be rendezvousing at Mansell. I can drive if needed.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will drive and can fit three comfortably.

    October 19, 2012

  • Steve A

    if anyone carpooling from Mansell still has room I need a ride

    October 19, 2012

  • Duane T

    I can take two more riders, If anybody else wants to Car Pool from the NE side of Atlanta. We will be leaving from Lawrenceville/ Suwanee area around 9:00 AM.

    October 18, 2012


    I need a ride. Does anybody has room in their car?

    October 17, 2012

    • Duane T

      Alica, you can car pool with me if your still looking for a ride. I live between Lawrenceville and Suwanee.

      October 18, 2012

  • Diane W.

    I could not find any other way to let you know that I am cancelling on coming this Saturday to the hike and Oktoberfest. Sorry! But that does give you one more spot open.

    October 17, 2012

  • Dave G

    Carpools are a great idea whether you carpool from Mansell or elsewhere. Suffice it to say, match up with people who have the same plans. If you are going to Oktoberfest after the hike, do not car pool with someone who is not attending Oktoberfest. This should be obvious but you never know.

    October 17, 2012

  • Diane H.

    Is it ok to bring dogs on the hike?

    1 · October 17, 2012

  • Steve C.

    For those of you on the East side of town, it would be much easier for us to leave from the Indian Trail Park & Ride than go all the way around to Mansell. I can take 3 riders if anyone is interested. I will be there @ 8:30, plan to leave @ 9. We will get there the same time as the Mansell people.

    October 16, 2012

    • Duane T

      Sounds good Steve, I'm interested in car pooling. I can be reached at[masked] if your plans change.

      October 16, 2012

  • Steve C.

    Sorry folks, cancel my last note.

    October 16, 2012

  • Kacy

    I would like to carpool with somebody if possible. Thanks

    October 14, 2012

    • Steve C.

      Kacy, I live near Stone Mountain. Which side of town are you?

      October 14, 2012

    • Kacy

      I live in Norcross but I can meet at Marta-Mansell

      October 14, 2012

  • Mayra

    Oh man, I have done this trail with another group and it was wonderful! more room for me this time... :-(

    September 13, 2012

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