Height: 60 feet
Trail Type: Dirt and gravel
Hike Distance: 1 mile round trip
Trahlyta Falls is on the property of Vogel State Park a few miles south of Blairsville. There’s a $5 fee to park, and the falls alone aren’t worth the admission. However, there are paddle boats, mini golf, and other campy things to do at the park, so you can easily make a whole day of it. The falls sit below the dam that was constructed to create Lake Trahlyta.
Even though waterfalls below dams don’t typically have good flows, Trahlyta Falls stays pretty consistent. The falls drop down several stepping stones, which creates a lot of character for the falls as they bounce down the slope. I don’t know if it’s the amount of shade or if the rocks are colored this way, but the rocks along the falls look black, which really illuminates the white water as it tumbles down the falls.
From the intersection of US 76 and US 19 (The Glenn Gooch Bypass) in Blairsville, head south on US 19 for 10.7 miles and turn right into Vogel State Park. Find a place to park on the left side of the lake (if you’re looking out from the visitor’s center).
Follow the trail down the lake all the way to the dam. The spur trail leading down to the falls will be on the left and descends down the mountain for a few hundred yards. For some reason, the park decided to construct a wooden viewing platform directly in front of and somewhat on top of the falls, meaning there’s a good 10-15 feet of the falls you don’t get to see. Although there’s a scramble path to the creek bank at the base of the falls, the viewing platform completely obstructs any view from the base.