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    Default Can you get to Anna Ruby falls from the AT

    I noticed Anna Ruby falls near Helen GA & I was wondering if any of the trails leading to it connect to the AT?
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    Nope. Not a one!

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    Thanks, Can I hike out of Helen & camp on that trail for a night? if not how far out of Helen is it located?
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    No you cant camp on the trail to Ana Ruby falls. Hmmmm. Unicoi is located a few miles outside of Helen and the road to Ana Ruby falls is a few miles. You do have to pay to park there, and there is a visitors center and a few Park Rangers man it. There is another trail that goes from Ana Ruby falls to another park of Unicoi called the Smith Creek Trail, but I don't know off hand if you can camp on it. I know it ends up in front of a camp ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wornoutboots View Post
    I noticed Anna Ruby falls near Helen GA & I was wondering if any of the trails leading to it connect to the AT?
    You might be able to road walk FS 79 from Anna Ruby to Indian Grave Gap.

    I've never done it though.
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    Here's a map:
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    Thanks SE & Skid!! It definately looks doable from taking FS 79 Just not sure it there's a trailhead off of FS 79 to the falls?? If not the thing that worries me is know when & where to bushwhack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wornoutboots View Post
    Thanks SE & Skid!! It definately looks doable from taking FS 79 Just not sure it there's a trailhead off of FS 79 to the falls?? If not the thing that worries me is know when & where to bushwhack?
    That's the part I don't know. I suspect there is a trail but......
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    Thanks!! I printed off your thumbnail & depending on the weather next week, I may give it a shot
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    SE is correct.

    I was in Helen just over a year ago for my Honeymoon. There is a trail that splits off at the falls but it leads eastward over to Hickorynut Ridge and back to Unicoi SP. The falls are nice. But its an easy 30 minute paved path walk. Its for tourists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    Its for tourists.
    Yep. Still, a pretty spectacular waterfall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    SE is correct.

    I was in Helen just over a year ago for my Honeymoon. There is a trail that splits off at the falls but it leads eastward over to Hickorynut Ridge and back to Unicoi SP. The falls are nice. But its an easy 30 minute paved path walk. Its for tourists.

    Helen is just a tourist trap. A German Gatlinburg.
    Thanks TV, that's what I was thinking about Helen but I thought a side adventure down FS79 to see these rare falls would be worth it? Plus I'm looking forward to seeing if I can bushwhack to it from the backside
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    Quote Originally Posted by wornoutboots View Post
    Thanks TV, that's what I was thinking about Helen but I thought a side adventure down FS79 to see these rare falls would be worth it? Plus I'm looking forward to seeing if I can bushwhack to it from the backside
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