Friday, June 12, 2015

Hiking Tumbling Waters Trail With Dogs

Rocco Havanese at Tumbling Waters nature trail

It had been a while since we'd been on a real hike, so we were game for just about anything when our pal Leslie and her pups Johann, Gracie and Rach asked if we'd like to head out for a hike last weekend.

Tumbling Waters nature trail near Elijay, GA

After some early morning agility practice, we all headed further north near Elijay, Ga., to the Ridgeway Recreation Area at the northeast corner of Carters Lake. 

There we found the start of the Tumbling Waters Trail

Carters Lake view from Tumbling Waters trail

The trail starts near the top of Carters Lake and winds its way to Tails Creek.

The view of a portion of Carters Lake at the start of the trail
According to some signage near the trailhead, Carters Dam is the highest earth and rock filled dam east of the Mississippi and the lake is the deepest lake in Georgia with the greatest depth exceeding 400 feet.

The lake was named for the community of Carters Quarters which was named for Farrish Carter, a wealthy landowner who lived in the area in the mid 1800's.  

Hiking with Rocco Havanese at Tumbling Waters trail near Tails Creek

Once we headed down the trail it started getting pretty narrow with a steep drop off to the left side, heading down to the banks of the water. Soon we came upon the bridge that crosses the creek. 

new bridge across Tails Creek on Tumbling Waters trail

We visited this are about a year ago, but at that time the bridge was being rebuilt so we were only able to do about half the hike.

The path we took traveled about 1.5 miles in and out, a perfect length since we'd already played agility for about two hours.

the falls at Tumbling waters trails

After crossing the bridge we saw a series of beautiful cascading falls.

Take a look!

We took a break at a nice scenic overlook for a photo opp of all the dogs.

hiking with dogs at Tumbling Waters trails
From left to right, Rach, Gracie, Rocco and Johann

hiking with Rocco Havanese at Tumbling Waters trail

We headed back down the path toward the water. Rocco was fascinated with the movement!

looking over the bridge at Tumbling Waters Trail at Tails Creek

Yes, it's a long way down from the bridge. Rocco stops to take a look on the way back.

Diane Silver and Rocco Havanese on the bridge at Tumbling Waters trail
Rocco and I pause for a quick photo on the way back across the bridge

We had a great day out hiking and can't wait to do it again. We're fortunate to have lots of hiking spots with pretty waterfalls within about a 90 minute drive of us in Atlanta. 

Where are your favorite hiking spots? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Looks like a great hike...and lots of happy faces!

  2. Looks like a great hike. Were any of the dogs scared to cross the bridge?

    1. No! It was a long way up but very sturdy. No dogs were nervous!

  3. What a beautiful place to go hike. thanks for sharing with us, I just love waterfalls.

  4. Whoa, what a stunning place to walk with your dog!

  5. That is one awesome hike I would have loved to have gone with you! We have some new walks planned so hopefully we'll be out again soon. Love Dolly

    1. We would have had fun with you! Hope you have fun on your new walks!

  6. Great hike! We like hiking in the Gorge. We also have a plethora of places to hike.

  7. Great hiking pictures! Looks like you had a great time!

  8. Hi Y'all!

    What a gorgeous place to hike! Not sure I could get my Human across that bridge though. (She gets vertigo just gettin' on a step ladder.)

    Y'all come on by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    P.S. We've moved to

  9. Oh wow, I love, love, love waterfalls!! What a perfect area to go hiking at!

  10. That's a beautiful place! Rach is super adorable too <3

  11. We had such a great time hiking with both of you!!! Thanks for the super fun day....nothing better than agility and hiking all in one day! ~ Johann, Rach, Gracie and Leslie

  12. Wow! Gorgeous pics! Where do you live? I just love walking near water and my dogs just love to swim! Looks like I'm to late for this week but I'm thrilled I discovered your blog hop.

  13. This blog was a great read! The writer provided lots of detailed information on the Tumbling Waters Trail, and it was clear that they had a great experience taking their dogs along with them. ipvanish promo code I appreciated the pictures, too - they really brought the adventure to life. Thanks for sharing your experience!