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The two RV Gypsies decided to go to
Minnehaha Falls in Rabun County, Georgia
August 2, 2014

Below: The curvy roads, blind corners, and steep drop-offs on the roads driving to Minnehaha Falls. No, the two RV Gypsies were not in their RV on these roads; that would be crazy!

peaceful, curvy road blind corners in the road
steep drop-offs on the road cruvy dirt road
cruvy dirt road cruvy dirt road

laughing clipart dudeA patriotic lady trying
to cross the road.

One of many steep driveways
to private houses

A patriotic lady steep driveway

Minnehaha Falls is a waterfall in Rabun County, Georgia. The 60-foot high fall widens as it quickly cascades in 3-5 foot increments to a wide pool at its base. Minnehaha Falls is buried in a wide, steep-sided cove packed with rhododendron, making this an exceptionally beautiful hike in mid-to-late May, when the rhododendron bloom. But the two RV Gypsies came across this trail at the beginning of August so they did not get to enjoy the rhododendron.

This trail, which is run by the Forest Service, should not be confused with Minnehaha Falls in Minnesota, which is in a park run by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about Minnehaha, he meant THIS Minnehaha Falls in Georgia with its limestone bluffs and river overlooks.

From the parking area, which is little more than a wide area in Bear Gap Road, the trail climbs a set of stairs with a hand-railing before turning left and entering the forest adjacent to a small creek on the right.

a set of stairs with a hand-railing

Below: The two RV Gypsies on the trail to Minnehaha Falls.

Karen Duquette on the trail to Minnehaha Falls
Lee Duquette on the trail to Minnehaha Falls

Running along the steep-sided valley created by the creek, the trail climbed until it leveled. Once the trail leveled, there was little change in elevation to the falls.  About 0.4 miles into the hike, a 10-foot high cascade should not be confused with Minnehaha Falls (see photo below of the little cascade of water).

a 10-foot high cascade

The two RV Gypsies noticed that the trail and the creek ran nearly level with each other and the sound of Minnehaha Falls filled the air. So of course, Karen took a photograph through the trees.

trail and the creek
The two RV Gypsies by Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls

After the water flowed past where the two RV Gypsies were standing in the above photo, the water continued over a big rock, then dropped out of sight over the edge.

water flowing past the two RV Gypsies and over a ledge

Below: A man and a young child at the top of the falls. There was no railing there, so this would be a dangerous place for anyone, especially children. Remember that all waterfalls can be dangerous - so always use caution. You are responsible for your own safety, and the safety of your children.

A man and a young child at the top of the falls

Below: Nice scenery leaving Minnehaha Falls and before driving on the curvy roads again.

dirt road leaving Minnehaha Falls
Nice scenery leaving Minnehaha Falls
Nice scenery leaving Minnehaha Falls
Nice scenery leaving Minnehaha Falls

Below: A cabin by the water with a slide. But look at the huge distance from the end of the slide to the water's edge. It looked liked fun to Karen Duquette.

check out this water slide

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Georgia
August 2-3, 2014
You may visit these seven (7) sections in any order you choose.

Sugar Mill Creek RV Resort

Minnehaha Falls

Louie's on the Lake restaurant

Panther Falls

Tallulah Falls - 2014

Tallulah Falls & the canyon bottom  flashback to 2005

Wallenda walked Tallulah Gorge on a High Wire in Tallulah Pt

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have viewed all seven (7) sections above, please continue on to the two RV Gypsies' adventures in North Carolina: Forest Lake Preserve, Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain, the city of Welcome, and oddities in Winston-Salem.