Adventures in the Georgia Mountains
Hunting for Gold in North Georgia
How to Find Out Where the Best Places Are Located
The kids were rewarded with a splash in the stream below- they followed the icy water as it tripped over the rocks- all up until this mama bear spotted a Copperhead Snake sunning on a streamside stone. (Yes, folks- always be aware!). I hustled the kids from the stream and we watched, mouths agape as the snake slid off the rock and into the water, disappearing in the rocks.
I still get goosebumps from that, but we were in the wild, and that’s what you come across in the wild- er, wild things!
On the Road Again
Waylaid by a Swimming Hole
On the drive to Helen, we stopped by a little country store to have a pee break and grab a soda. While I stood in line, waiting to pay, the couple ahead of me were asking the cashier for directions to a nearby swimming hole. Of course, I unabashedly evesdropped. A mountain swimming hole!
Loading back in the car, I told dear husband about the swimming hole and we decided to find it for ourselves- making the turn up into the mountains at the WMA signpost. We drove what seemed like forever, the road growing narrower and narrower until finally the pavement stopped and it was a dirt track.
The track opened up into a little parking area.
Finding the waterfall in the middle of the forest was like stumbling upon a secret Shangri-la. Teenagers jumped off a rock into a natural plunge pool at the top of the falls. Other kids clambered over the rocks of the second and largest of the falls, some of the kids would just walk the top of the falls and submerge completely in holes. It was crazy.
Adults hung around the pools below the falls, their beach chairs set in the water, watching the younger kids. This was obviously the local hangout.
Clambering over the slippery rocks, we all ended up in the water, whether it was intended or not. But the water was cool and refreshing on this hot summer’s day, and the secret swimming hole made a neat break in the day, on our journey to Helen.
Note: Even though we tried, we couldn’t find that waterfall again until years later. We found out it was called Dick’s Creek Falls. It’s a neat place. If you find it, follow it downstream a bit to see some neat rock formations and smaller falls. If you take the road past the parking area, there are places for camping throughout the mountainside, but the Creekside ones look the best.
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