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High Falls State Park
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High Falls State Park © Ben Prepelka
High Falls State Park © Francis Ford
High Falls State Park © Lee Reed
High Falls State Park High Falls Sunset © Lee Reed
This year the water levels have been extremely low but this has not convinced the sky to back off on the fireworks which have been as dramatic as ever. Here the small remaining pools reflect the drama above them.
High Falls State Park © Lee Reed
High Falls State Park © Lee Reed
High Falls State Park © Ben Prepelka
High Falls State Park © Francis Ford
High Falls State Park © Ben Prepelka
High Falls State Park © Ben Prepelka
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76 High Falls Park Drive
Jackson, Georgia   30233

Phone: 912-993-3053
Reservations: 800-864-7275
In the early 1800s, the site was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today, park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in middle Georgia is conveniently located near I-75 and makes a restful side trip for travelers.

For visitor safety, swimming is allowed in the pool only, but not the river or falls. Numerous rocks submerged in the river have deep holes eroded in them, and these can easily trap or injure someone.
History of the Area
Located in Monroe County, Georgia, the park was established around 1810 as a prosperous industrial town. It thrived due to its proximity to High Falls - one of Georgia's tallest waterfalls.

The area became less populated after railroads were built bypassing it and by late 1880s, most businesses had closed down. The state acquired this land during the Great Depression for recreational purposes.

Incorporated into the State Park system in 1945, today it covers over 1,000 acres offering camping facilities and hiking trails alongside various outdoor activities such as fishing or boating.

Visitors can enjoy boating activities on the 650-acre lake. The park offers boat rental options including pedal boats, aqua cycles and fishing boats for a fun-filled day out in nature. For those with their own watercrafts, there are two boat ramps available to launch from. Fishing is also popular at this location due to its abundance of hybrid bass.

Located in Georgia, the park offers fishing opportunities on a 650-acre lake. Anglers can catch largemouth bass and catfish.

Fishing from boats is allowed but they must be electric motors only.

A boat ramp provides easy access to the water for anglers with their own vessels.

For those without equipment, there are rental options available including rods, reels and motorized boats.

The dam area of the lake yields catches like hybrid white-striped bass during certain seasons.

Bank fishing is also an option along designated areas around this large body of water.

Crappie fish species are abundant here too which makes it popular among local fishermen.

High Falls State Park is located near Barnesville, Forsyth and Griffin

High Falls State Park offers numerous picnic spots with grills, tables and beautiful views of the waterfall. Shelters are reservable.
1. Tranquil Trail: This trail is 0.5 miles long and offers a peaceful walk through the forest, with views of High Falls Lake.

2. History Hike Loop: A moderate hike at 1 mile in length that takes you past several historic sites including an old powerhouse building.

3. Overlook Pathway: At just under half a mile, this pathway provides stunning panoramic views over the falls from various overlook points along its route.

4. Base Of The Falls Walkway: This short but steep path leads directly to the base of High Falls for up-close viewing; it's only about .25 miles long but can be challenging due to inclines and steps involved.

5. Falls View Trail: It's approximately one-mile loop which starts near picnic area leading hikers down towards Towaliga River providing beautiful view of cascading waterfalls on way back uphill.

6. High Ridge Nature Trails: These are series trails totaling around two-miles offering variety terrain types like hardwood forests, pine stands etc., ideal for bird watching or simply enjoying nature walks.

7. River Campground Connector: As name suggests, this roughly quarter-mile connector links river campground site main park areas making easy access campers enjoy all amenities offered by state park.

8. Wildlife Observation Deck Access Route: Although not traditional hiking trail per se, it does provide direct access wildlife observation deck where visitors might spot deer, turkeys other local fauna ;it's less than tenth-of-a-mile so easily manageable even those limited mobility or small children.
Birdwatchers can explore over 1,000 acres of diverse habitats. The park is home to various bird species like herons and hawks. Birding trails are available for enthusiasts with binoculars provided at the visitor center.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 29 A little piece of heaven by Laura-Grace
park review stars; one to five I love to take time to hike down the trail and just sit in the peacefulness of nature. The roar of the river is healing for the mind and soul; while the hike is great for cardio:)
February 8 absolutley amazing by joel overbay
park review stars; one to five I spent the weekend there with my life partner Wesley, he and I would swim in the beautiful waters, cuddle under the stars, and eat the best smoked ribs from this cute old man who sold them to us. If you have an amazingly beautiful life partner like I do, spend time with him here. I love you Wesley R! I love you too high falls!
June 5 Very Clean and easy access off I-75 by Glen and Belinda
park review stars; one to five We camped in a fifth wheel and the sites were level, wide, and easy to get into. Lots of pull-throughs. We will visit here again. We stayed in May 2010
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Area Campgrounds
Forsyth KOA Journey
414 Frontage Road
Forsyth, GA
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Swishers Country Store
State Route 42 & Mountain Rd
Muncy Valley, PA
(570) 482-2162
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- Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
- Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
- Pet owners should carry bags or other equipment necessary to clean up pet waste.
- Dogs, cats and other pets are not allowed in park buildings or swimming areas.
- Certain breeds of dogs may not be permitted due to aggressive behavior; check with the park office before arrival.
- All animals must have current vaccinations as required by law including rabies vaccination proof if asked upon request.
- Pets cannot disturb wildlife within the state park boundaries - this includes chasing, harassing, injuring or killing any animal species present in High Falls State Park.
- Unattended tethering is prohibited throughout High Falls State Park premises unless inside an enclosed vehicle/camping unit during owner's temporary absence only when weather conditions permit it safe for them without risk of overheating/dehydration etc..
- Noisy/nuisance causing pets that disrupt peace/enjoyment of others will result into immediate eviction from campground/park area without refund issued towards camping fees paid earlier.

Located 1.8 miles east of I-75 exit #198 at High Falls Road.

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