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Don't visit Anna Ruby Falls if you are seeking solitude in nature. Do visit if you want to enjoy some pleasant mountain scenery and if you want to observe human behavior and do some people watching. Even with the large crowds, this twin falls is well worth visiting. Curtis Creek plummets 150 feet while the York Creek drops 50 feet into Smith Creek to form the falls. The .5 mile paved path to the falls runs along Smith Creek from the bathroom at the top of the parking lot. The path is steep at times, but there are benches along the path for those who are not used the effort. The falls are named after Anna Ruby Nichols, the only daughter of John Nichols who settled in south of Helen in what is today the Nacoochee community. His Victorian home stands today opposite the Nacoochee Indian Mound.


Directions: From Helen, take Hwy. 17/75 north for one mile. Look for signs to Unicoi State Park and Anna Ruby Falls. Turn right onto Hwy. 356. Follow for 1.5 miles to FS road 242. Again, look for signs to Anna Ruby Falls. Follow FS 242 for 3.5 miles to the scenic area. There is an admission fee to enter.

All photos Allen Easler.