Tyler and I went hiking at Long Creek Falls the Sunday before last, and I’m actually writing about it less than a month later. That’s unheard of! Tyler and I woke up early on Sunday, packed up some snacks, and hit the road. The early morning start was necessary to beat the heat and the crowds of afternoon visitors. The trail is only about 2 miles long, so summer afternoons can be busy, especially because the waterfall is a rewarding place to play and cool off.
For the first half of the trip, I drove while Tyler slept peacefully. I was a bit surprised when we turned onto a gravel road and the GPS told me we still had 45 minutes left of driving. I knew the trailhead was off of a forest service road, but just how long was it to the trailhead? It turns out, about 8 miles on a dirt/gravel road.
Since we were coming up from south of the Three Forks area, the GPS had us drive up Winding Stair Gap Road. Just as the name suggests, it is quite winding and climbs up a mountain. It was a mostly dirt road. At some point I’m sure gravel must have been laid down, but the gravel was pretty sparse compared to forest service roads. The Georgia red clay showed through clearly. To my surprise, the road was never as rutted out as I would expect despite it being quite steep in some areas. With Georgia red clay, steep sections of trails and roads often get washed out.