Anna Ruby Falls is a short 1 mile round trip
Anna Ruby Falls is a twin waterfall. It is an easy half-mile trail slightly uphill located in Unicoi State Park. You do have to pay a small entrance fee, but it was worth it. The parking lot is very easy to find, and there is a small visitor center with a gift shop there as well. Anna Ruby Falls trail begins right at the visitor’s center. There are plenty of trail maps for the other trails Unicoi State Park, but we love waterfalls, so Anna Ruby Falls was an easy choice.
Anna Ruby Falls Trail
Once you start on the trail, there is a warning about the possibility of rattlesnakes. This scared the kids a little, yet we used this to teach them about how to respect animals in the wild and not to mess with them. It was a great lesson for future hikes. The hike was pretty gentle the whole way, and the trail was paved. It is stroller friendly, kid-friendly and pet-friendly. On our way to the falls, we hiked past some creeks, small bridges, and through wooded areas.
Once you arrive half a mile later, you reach Anna Ruby Falls. There are a couple of nice viewing platforms we took pictures from. Once you are down enjoying the views of the double waterfall, you turn around and hike right back where you came from.
On the way back to the car, we stopped to take some more pictures and take in the scenery. To read about more hikes in the area, check out this guide book – 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Atlanta.
Overall, we really enjoyed this easy little hike! It is great for toddlers, younger children, and kids of all ages. There are several other waterfall hikes near Helen GA. I wish we could have seen some of the other waterfalls around Helen, but we were in a rush to get to our next stop which was 30 minutes away in Tallulah Gorge.
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