Sparkle Falls

GPS for waterfall:  34.75577, -83.30978

Water source:  Shoulder Bone Branch

Height:  approximately 35 feet

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Sparkle Falls was given its name by Andy Kunkle and his hiking group in mid-2016, when they discovered this previously undocumented waterfall, and named it Sparkle for the way the water droplets seemed to sparkle off the moss.

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Parking:  Going west on Highway 76, turn left onto Damascus Church Road.  Go right at the intersection at Chattooga Belle Farms, staying on Damascus Church Road.  At the stop sign, make a right.  Drive for approximately .8 mile, and park in front of the gate to the old logging road.  There is a church just ahead on the left, so you know if you’ve reached the church, you’ve gone too far.  Parking GPS is 34.74179, -83.29897.  This is the same parking and trailhead for Sid’s Falls and Maxie Duke Falls.

Hike:  Follow the logging road, through the fields, and then into the woods on the narrow trail.  At around 34.75495, -83.30764, the trail makes a right and begins the steep descent down to Sid’s.  Sparkle Falls is downstream from Sid’s Falls, and requires a steep and difficult bushwhack/creekwalk.  There is no trail.  The best route is to stay in the creek all the way downstream until you see the brink of the falls, and then leave the creek on river right to climb up and around, and back down to the falls.  Experience in off-trail hiking and map reading skills are required for this hike. The hike to Sparkle Falls is approximately 3.5 miles round trip.