Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Anna Ruby Falls: Curtis Creek is on the left and York Creek is on the right.

Home of twin waterfalls, Anna Ruby Falls is one of the most popular destination interpretive sites in Georgia. Get into the outdoors and learn about the watershed that feeds the waterfalls and enjoy the visitor information center, the interpretive signs at the center and along the trail. This is a great site for photographers, whether you're into nature photography or taking pictures of friends and family at the waterfalls, on the trails, or having a picnic.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:

Open all year except Christmas

Summer Hours

From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
9:00am to 7:00pm, 7 days a week.
No admission after 6:00pm.

From Labor Day Weekend to the end of Daylight Savings Time
9:00am to 6:00pm, 7 days a week
No admission after 5 :00pm

Winter Hours

From the beginning of Standard Time to Memorial Day Weekend
9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week
No admission after 4:00pm.

Thanksgiving Hours

Gate, fee booth, and restrooms will be open for Thanksgiving Day. The Gift Shop will be closed.

Christmas Day

All facilities will be closed.

Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $3 per person 16 years and older

15 years and under are admitted free of charge.

Anna Ruby Annual Pass - $20/person/year

Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, & Access Pass accepted
Permit Info: Contact Cradle of Forestery at 706-878-1448 for information regarding Ann Ruby Annual Pass
Open Season: Open year round
Water: Water fountains are available at the visitor center.
Restroom: Full facilities are available at the visitor center.
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association - Phone 706-878-3574

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Day Hiking

Anna Ruby Falls Trail: This 0.4-mile paved foot trail takes you along the banks of Smith Creek from the visitor center to the two observation decks near the base of the twin waterfalls. There are a couple of short, steep sections along the trail but benches are available  to catch your breath. Most people are able to make the round trip without any problems.

Lion's Eye Foot Trail: Designed for people with visual impairments, the Lion's Eye Trail features a cable hand rail to help guide you from one interpretive sign to the next. The signs are written in both regular text and in braille. The trail is paved and is 0.1 mile long.

Smith Creek Foot Trail: This trail links the Anna Ruby Falls trail to Unicoi State Park. The 4.6-mile hike leaves the Anna Ruby Falls Trail near the upper bridge across Smith Creek and leads to the campground in Unicoi Park.

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Accessible The Lion's Eye Trail is paved. Braille signs provide information for the blind. A hand rail assists in making your way along the trail.
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities
Interpretive Site
Drinking water