The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Raven Cliffs Trail Dayhike
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Brief Description:  This trail is on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway (GA 348) below Blairsville GA. This hike is a little over 5 miles round trip. I would consider the hike as moderate. There are some ups and downs, but it is certainly not strenuous. We will have the sheer pleasure of passing through Booger Holler and can stop at the Booger Holler Store for a really exciting shopping experience.

We will pass numerous cascades and small waterfalls and finally by a 35-foot waterfall. The 125-foot cliffs are visible from quite a distance away. We will lunch at the cliffs.

Length 5 miles

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

        Hike Leader Gail Gray, 336-1070 or 650-1243

Directions to the Trailhead We will leave Hardee's in Ocoee at 8:30 a.m. If the hikers wish, we can hike the shorter trail at Dukes Creek Falls (2.2 miles round trip) after the longer hike. It is only 1.3 miles south of the Raven Cliffs Trail.

Post Trip Report:

The Raven Cliffs hike on Saturday, June 13, 2009, was enjoyed by nine enthusiastic hikers. We carpooled in two vehicles and arrived before 11:00 a.m. at the trailhead just north of Helen, Georgia. The trail was rated moderate due to a modest elevation gain and was a little over 5 miles round trip.

We passed numerous cascades and small waterfalls and arrived at the cliffs in time for a relaxing lunch. The 35-foot waterfall was beautiful and due to recent rains was quite full. Several brave souls climbed further up to enjoy the view of the waterfall between the cliffs and a brief X-rated interlude between the rocks.

We had the sheer joy of stopping at the Booger Holler Store for a brief time of shopping and snacking. We had to stop since Randy was in our group. We didnít want him to pout all the way back to Ocoee.

Clayton had the pleasure of the company of four charming females in his van. Every male is trying to horn in on Edmondís program.

Our fearless leader was Gail Gray. Hikers were Jane Bohannon, Sunni Campbell, Edmond Gray, Randy Morris, Virginia Orr, Clayton Pannell, Sheri Stewart, and Karen Young.

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