The title is in followup to Doug’s previous post about a waterfall we checked out last weekend in Gwinnett County. The waterfall that you see in this post I visited the previous day from our Gwinnett waterfall visit.
The name of this waterfall is High Shoals Falls and is found in the heart of Paulding County. If you aren’t aware Paulding is the county directly west of Cobb County. The waterfall itself is a 10 minute drive north from downtown Dallas. From Dallas you have about a 30 minute drive to back towards Marietta.
I came across High Shoals while talking on the phone with Doug discussing a new blog he had run across. The blog is about waterfalling around Georgia. While discussing with Doug about some of the falls the blogger had visited I came across another mention of a waterfall north of Dallas and so opened up Google Earth to see if I could find anything about it. As it would happen I found two pics from Panoramio on the waterfall from Google Earth (you would be surprised how many times this happens).
The next Saturday I decided to drive out to Dallas and see if I could find and visit the waterfall. It seemed like a pretty easy find and hike, so I didn’t anticipate any problems.
I arrived at the cemetery mentioned in the directions and where I was supposed to park my car. The area was small, for like maybe 4 or 5 cars. There was a sign showing the park hours (I forget what it said specifically). I grabbed my gear, my dog Sally, and headed down the trail.
The trail was a short 200 or 300 yards down the trail. The area is very unassuming and quiet. You can hear the waterfall not far after you start down the trail. Once you arrive the waterfall faces you on the trail and makes for a really nice scene. The first picture above is what you see as you arrive.
What is really cool about this waterfall is that it is so out of the way, and so unknown, that chances are you will have the place to yourself. The flow of the creek and shape of the contours of the land are seemingly perfect for shots from either side of the creek that flows down from the waterfall. The rock face that the falls tumble over create a small amphitheater and climbing to the top of the falls from either side is relatively easy. The falls spill into a fairly shallow splash pool and give way to some small cascades just beyond the pool. Overall all I have to say this might be the most accessible waterfall I’ve ever been to. The only unfortunate thing about it I would say is that beyond this place there isn’t really anything else, waterfall related, beyond a good 30 to 45 minute drive.
Technically speaking I had to do some filter stacking with the sun conditions. It was basically late morning (noon-ish) so the sun was nice and high in the sky. My 8x ND filter and polarizer worked out well. I shot multiple exposures and processed with exposure blending to get the results you see here. The panoramic below was from 5 frames, taken from left to right, with 3 exposures each. It is simply amazing how good Photoshop has gotten now with merging for panoramics. My suggestion would be to hit this waterfall later in the day or early morning. If you live in the Atlanta area I would certainly recommend checking out this waterfall…. it is worth the out of the way trip.
Don’t forget you can find the location of this waterfall and many others throughout the Eastern US via our waterfall database.