Today I ventured into the heart of the 4,500acre Wildcat creek tract portion of Dawson Forest. I decided to start at the Tobacco Patch trail head located on the Eastern side of Mount Oglethorpe. As if the rain, and wind wasn’t enough, shit tried to go sideways before I could even get started. Once you climb up Monument Road from Hwy 136 you level out at about 3,100ft elevation. Just enough to be above the snow line, and snow there was, but more dangerously there was gravel sized ice chunks being blown from the tops of trees. Luckily I had an umbrella or I would of called off the hike then. .
My main objective was to locate five waterfalls. Four along Fall creek, and one along Rocky Ford creek. Turns out Rocky Ford creek was another valley over. I never made it to that one. I did however make it to the four located along Fall creek. The only fall on the creek with a designated name, and trail is the first one pictured. It’s known as “ Fall creek waterfall.” The other three are commonly referred to or known as “ Fall creek falls numbers 1,3, and 4. In numerical order “ Fall creek waterfall“ falls as the number 2 spot. From the Tobacco Patch trail head you visit them in reverse order all on your trail right after crossing the first of many fords. Fall creek falls numbers 4, and 3 was seen from the trail. I was not comfortable enough to bushwhack down the bank with everything being so wet. Fall creek falls number one required bushwhacking and very careful balancing catwalk across a down tree spanning roughly 30ft. It’s the second waterfall pictured. .
All in all I hiked/buchwhacked roughly 8 miles for an out and back. The loop here is roughly 12 miles, but upon reaching the last ford I determined it was to deep and water moving to fast for me to chance it. I’ll definitely be back to photograph the other falls, maybe under better trail conditions!! .
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