A beautiful 186-foot-high waterfall, Toccoa Falls is one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, a four-year, fully accredited Christian college.
A meandering stream flows through the lower part of the 1,000-acre, wooded campus from the base of the waterfall. This spectacular waterfall, higher than Niagara Falls, is a popular tourist attraction and campus retreat. The short 100-yard path to the falls is handicap accessible.
Toccoa Falls is accessed through the gift shop which is open from 8:30 a.m. until sundown. A nominal admission fee is collected in the gift shop. Adult tickets are $1, tickets for children under 10 and seniors 65 and older are 50 cents. Groupds of 10 are more are also admitted for 50 cents per person.
The Gate Cottage Gift Shop offers souvenirs of Toccoa Falls, furniture made in the Toccoa area, crafts from local craftsmen, and other gift items including Village Candles and any other great companies.
The story of Toccoa Falls includes a tragic footnote. The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above the Toccoa Falls Bible College, failed in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 1977. Thirty-nine people died in the resulting flood, which inundated part of the campus including a trailer park. It was the worst natural disaster in Georgia in more than 40 years.
Photo taken by SC Jack