Falls got their name from the legend of a piece of armor found near
the falls that may have belonged to Hernando DeSoto or one of his
troops. Picnic tables in the DeSoto Falls Recreation Area are reserved
for overnight campers.
The lower falls
cascades 20 feet, the middle and most scenic falls, drops 80 feet,
the upper falls surges water down a granite rock slope for about 200
feet and may be viewed from U.S. 129, which borders this scenic area
for a sizable distance. At one point along the highway, the upper
and lower waterfalls can be seen.
There are five
magnificent falls all within a 3 mile section of the DeSoto Falls
Trail located in the 650 acre recreation area. Unfortunately, only
three of these falls are maintained for the hiker's viewing convenience,
and are recognized as the lower, middle and upper DeSoto Falls.
reach the area, begin at the intersection of GA 52 and GA 60 with
129, which is two blocks east of the old Courthouse in Dahlonega.
Proceed north on U.S. 19, two blocks east on 60, for 9.2 miles. Go
north on U.S. 19/129 for 4.3 miles. The entrance to DeSoto Falls is
on the left. The area is also accessible from Cleveland via U.S. 129.