Friday, November 12, 2010

Disappearing Falls

Beauty often depends on where one looks. At northeast Georgia's Holcomb Falls, visitors are treated to 100 feet of twists and turns. From an observation bridge along the border between Georgia and North Carolina, the view is partially obstructed by downed trees and rocks. Trees are abundant in this portion of the Chattahoochee National Forest. By mid-afternoon, the sun is barely visible. In the winter, large chunks of ice accumulate at the base of the falls. Timing is everything on this trip. A lack of rainfall turns the spectacular into a bust. If you're lucky, you'll find a nearby path leads to conveniently-placed boulders. Climb until the upper portion of the falls comes into view. As you can see, it's worth the effort. Holcomb is the first of two waterfalls that are found after parking and hiking downhill for about a mile. The path is twisting and narrow, the leaves that cover it are slick and unseen roots grab at your feet. Go for it. You'll be glad that you did. To return to, click here.

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