Nestled deep in rolling mountains of North Georgia, Lake Rabun’s winding shoreline and glassy waters are a popular destination for hiking, boating, kayaking and camping. Just below Lake Rabun’s dam, the Tallulah River plummets in a series of enormous waterfalls deep into the steep-walled depths of Tallulah Gorge.
The Angel Falls Trail explores two tumbling waterfalls, Panther Falls and Angel Falls, in a beautiful creek valley. Hiking less than two miles (1.75mi) round-trip, the Angel Falls Trail is a fantastic family-friendly hike.
For this two-day camping trip, we'll be meeting at the Lake Rabun Beach Campground parking area (the location on the map marker below) and hiking down the trail to the two waterfalls. After spending some time at the waterfalls during the day, we'll set up camp at a site about a half mile away from the waterfalls, cook dinner, relax around a camp fire, and return to the waterfall at night where you can often see hundreds of small glowing green bioluminescent organisms in the mossy area surrounding the base of the falls (sometimes absent in winter based on weather). While it doesn’t show up in pictures, it creates a beautiful star-like setting on dark nights. The following morning, well pack up camp and head back to the parking area when we're all ready to depart.
All food, cooking equipment, and two group tents are provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer to have a personal sleeping area or if you simply like using your own gear. Here are the items you’ll need to bring on your own:
- 2 liters of water (roughly 2 Nalgenes)
- sleeping bag (it'll get cold at night)
- Head lamp (or small flashlight)
- Any snacks you’d like other than the group dinner and breakfast
- Any personal medical supplies
- Clothes for the hike and warm sleeping clothes for the night