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.

Visit twin waterfalls plunging more than 150 feet (tallest) on the paved trail from the visitor information center.

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

General Information


View a map and get directions.


This site is fully accessible. The Lion's Eye Trail is designed for people in wheelchairs and those with visual disabilities. Signs along the trail are in braille as well as for the sighted. A hand rail guides you along the trail and right down to the bank of Smith Creek.

The picnic area is easily accessed from the parking lot via a bridge across Smith Creek. Picnic tables are designed to accommodate people in wheel chairs.


From the town of Helen, GA, go north 1 mile on Georgia Highway 17 to Robertstown and the intersection of Hwy. 17 and 356. Turn turn right on Hwy. 356 and go 1.3 miles. Turn left on Anna Ruby Falls Road and go to the entrance booth.


Ample parking is available in the paved parking lot.

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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