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Blooming Waterfalls

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Open to all NGPC Facebook followers as well as club members, on Saturday, May 21st at 8 am, please join us on a partial tour of Rabun County waterfalls! We’re hoping to see some flowering shrubberies along the trails, (rhododendron and / or mountain laurel), but even if we miss that timing, the hikes are gorgeous and the waterfalls are among my favorites in the whole state! I plan to hit the trail promptly at 8:15, allowing some time for folks to find the place. (Please pre-check Google drive time.)
We will meet at the Angel Falls trailhead, (GPS coordinates below), hiking in about 0.6 mi. to photograph Panther Falls and, for those interested, another 0.3 mi to Angel Falls. The latter is pretty overgrown, so for some it may not seem worth the short (but more strenuous) extra hike.
At some point we’ll reconvene in the parking area and head over to the always spectacular Minnehaha Falls, just a short drive away. This absolutely stunning waterfall requires only a 0.2 mi hike.
PARKING is tough at both locations – maybe 12 cars at Angel / Panther, about half that many spots for Minnehaha. So carpooling is encouraged and, even from Angel’s lot over to Minnehaha, we may need to consolidate a bit more, depending on turnout.
I may update this post later with a lunch plan, for those interested, but I have some checking to do.
STREET ADDRESSES ARE USELESS HERE, and a regular Google search is more apt to mess you up than help. The best way to find these places is to punch these GPS digital coordinates into your car’s or phone’s navigation. (Google navigation does work with these coordinates.) If you’re driving from Angel to Minnehaha, you can probably just follow others, but both parking areas’ digital coordinates are below:
ANGEL FALLS TRAILHEAD parking area: 34.760400 -83.470200
MINNEHAHA FALLS parking area: 34.749748 -83.478784
IF we should be blessed with a super ugly, especially rainy day, I’ll announce postponement of the event before 3pm the day before. The default “rain date” will be the following Saturday, May 28th.
For novices to waterfall photography, or just for anyone wanting some tips, there are always a few among us who can help – and in this club, able means willing!
But by way of preparation, here are some ideas on what to bring:
Spare batteries, wide angle lens, macro or close-up lens, circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, remote shutter release (or use your camera’s built-in delayed shutter timer), good hiking footwear, bug spray.
Hope to see you there!


May 21
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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