Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shoal Boosters

My choice of waterfalls left me with no choice but to hike to the base of what seemed like a 50-story building. After driving into the High Shoals Recreation Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Towns County, Ga., the road to my destination took me to this unexpected height.
After researching the area, I was more focused on photographing two waterfalls, the first about a mile from the trailhead. The twisting trail was well-defined, but a steady descent that felt like walking on a handicap ramp with roots led deep into a forest, which at times appeared as a tunnel without walls. After a sloping descent of about 500 feet, a steady roar and a side path led to the first of the two waterfalls.
Blue Hole Falls (right) drops about 25 feet into a pool of water that quickly disappears into the second, but, as yet, unseen cause of a much louder roar.
After returning to the main trail and a short hike, a second side trail appeared, twisting, descending and turning before coming to the base of a waterfalls of more than 50 feet. High Shoals Falls, pictured above and to the left, provides the second punch that creates a downstream cascade known as High Shoals.
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