Tumbling Waters Nature Trail

Location: Northwest Georgia
Trip Starts: Ridgeway Park Boat Ramp
Trip Ends: Ridgeway Park Boat Ramp
Total Distance: 1.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Tumbling Waters Nature Trail
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Type: Day Hike
More Information:

US Army Corps of Engineers
P. O. Box 96
Oakman, GA 30732-0096
(706) 334-2248


Carters Lake is a 3,200 acre reservoir located in Northwestern Georgia that is owned and managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The lake is fed by the Coosawattee River and it is the deepest reservoir in the State at 450 feet. The dam that holds back the river, Carters Dam, was built in 1977 and it is the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi.

This hike on the Tumbling Waters Nature Trail starts at the boat ramp at Ridgeway Park and follows a trail along the northeastern edge of Carter’s Lake to a 150 foot bridge over Tails Creek. Here you can either cross the bridge and explore the northwestern side of the lake or continue for a few tenths of a mile to a platform that has outstanding views of Tails Creek. This is a short hike and it is great for children or those that are looking for an easy walk in to the wilderness. Swing through the wildlife clearing on the return trip for winter views of the lake.

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