Chattahoochee National Forest
Over the years and as I get older I find that I am pushing myself more and more to get that shot. To ignore the dangers and my fear of heights to see an arch or a waterfall. That was the case for Noontootla Falls. This roadside waterfall is located along Forest Road 58 in Fannin County, Georgia. The definition of the word roadside, in this instance, is subject to interpretation as the waterfall sits high above on a cliff face and is only partially visible to the road. In fact, one could easily drive right past it. Undeterred by the obvious 200 yard + elevation gain on a 65 degree scramble path, we headed up to the falls anyway. As we made our ascent it became more and more apparent that we came up the wrong side; rhododendrons blocked the view of the falls from below and to continue up the path lead to a side view. It was obvious that the view was far better on the other side of the creek. I had my reservations about crossing the steep watershed but I had fist punched a patch of poison ivy on the way up and went creekside to wash off my hands. Boy I’m glad I did. Getting closer to the creek, I realized that scrambling across some rocks and logjams I should be able to make it to the other side. Though not as easy as I had thought after one of the log jams gave way under my knee I was able to pull myself up and across to the other side. Wow! What a scene! There it was! In my face, standing at the base is this 80 foot plus waterfall as it cascades down the rock! Now came the wait. The sun shining down from high above was only obscured by the occasional passing cloud. After about 20 minutes we were about to give up when we spotted a cloud headed in the right direction. Though it didn’t block out the direct sunlight for long, it was long enough to get off a handful of shots. Overall it was a truly exhilarating experience where I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and it was worth every minute of it!