Your guide to the most beautiful waterfalls in the South

The South is home to some pretty amazing landscapes and views. So it should go without saying that some pretty gorgeous waterfalls can be found around the South too. Some are pretty well known, and some you only find if you know where to look.


Anna Ruby Falls: You can see this pair of waterfalls after a relatively short kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and dog-friendly trail.

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Amicalola Falls: One of Georgia’s most popular state parks. The waterfall itself is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast at 729 feet. Visitors can get to the falls in several ways, from an accessible pathway to a trail with staircases.


Tallulah Falls: Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep. You can hike along trails on the rim with your pups, but they can’t go onto the gorge floor. Just make sure you get your permit in time. They only give out 100 of them for people to get to the gorge floor.

North East Georgia Falls. We only had time to hike to one, but it was beautiful!

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Burgess Falls: This magnificent waterfall is om a chain of four that cascade down from 250 feet. The last of the set plunges nearly 130 feet into a gorge. To see the falls, you can take a 1.5-mile loop past all four waterfalls. Or you can go for the 1-mile scenic top trail. It just depends on the level of hike you want to do.

Cummins Falls: This spot has been a popular scenic area and swimming hole for people for more than 100 years. The 75-foot falls spills into a pool that you can plungeĀ into on a hot day.

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Crabtree Falls: You’ve got two different options to get to this 70-foot waterfall. You can find it about 45 miles north of Ashville, right off Blue Ridge Parkway. Either hike down and then back up on the same 3-mile trail, or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop that takes you above the falls. Either way, it’s worth the hike.

Dry Falls: If you plan on exploring this waterfall, you’re in for a rare treat. The 75-foot waterfall cascades over a cliff and the path goes along behind it, so you can take in the sights while staying dry (which is where the name probably comes from). The bonus is that the hike to the falls is more of a short walk.


Cumberland Falls: This gorgeous waterfall attracts people from all over the world. Positioned on the Cumberland River in Kentucky, it’s often called the “Niagara of the South.” And while the 125-wide curtain is amazing by day, plan a visit at night during a full moon to see the moonbow. It’s a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.