Dukes Creek Falls and Tornado Damage at Lake Burton

Dukes Creek Falls and Tornado Damage at Lake Burton

Tornado damage was awful in the Lake Burton area in north Georgia.

During my north Georgia travel, there are things that I have come across that have been unsettling or disturbing, and on my day trip to Dukes Creek Falls trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest and subsequent visit to Moccasin Creek State Park at Lake Burton, I came across one of those things. A few weeks ago, parts of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi were ravaged by spring tornadoes, and with me being one who doesn’t follow the news too closely, I wasn’t aware that areas of Rabun county around Lake Burton had also been hit.

I captured a few photos of the storm damage, and it disheartened me to see the old trees snapped in half like twigs, bits of shattered cabins floating atop the water, and other grim signs of devastation. Even scarier is knowing this damage was small-scale when compared to the loss and life and destruction in Tuscaloosa. It is foolishly unwise to ever underestimate the incredible power of nature; she is unstoppable in her fury, and her strength is demonstrated every day across the world. My prayers go out to the families tragically affected by the storms. Although Lake Burton was the last stop on our list, I felt the need to mention it first.

***Update January 24, 2014: Lake Burton doesn’t look like it’s even been hit by a tornado. Rebuilding has happened, and it’s a place of great beauty and fun once more***

Dukes Creek Falls Trail

Dukes Creek Falls trail was a beautiful part of the trip, but I had some difficulty enjoying myself. My daughter was with me for the excursion, and because the trail was narrow in most parts with no guardrail, I had to constantly concentrate and hold her hand during the walk. I gave myself the worst headache, but I couldn’t help it. The idea of my baby stumbling and falling down the side into a ravine which ends with raging whitewater over sharp rock was just too much. I took no chances.

Overlook at Dukes Creek Falls in the North Georgia Mountains

I did manage to snap some pictures at different points of the hike, and Dukes Creek Falls is a beautiful place to check out, but I advise strongly against bringing small children. The North Georgia Mountains can be dangerous, and there are many high places to fall from if you’re not careful.

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6 Comments

  1. You should send the storm damage pictures into the Weather Channel and see what they say about. The pictures and your name could be aired.

  2. Huff,Fortunately, I came on the scene a few days after the storm hit, and because you'd lose the benefit of seeing my excellent posts, I'll avoid twisters and other potential natural hazards :-)

  3. I might just have to check that out. Thanks for the info!

  4. Weather channel? Stay away from tornado areas Amber, I need all the followers I can get! Seriously, you have a gift for photography and writing! It's always nice to know people with real talent! Stay away from the twisters girl!

  5. Weather channel? Stay away from tornado areas Amber, I need all the followers I can get! Seriously, you have a gift for photography and writing! It's always nice to know people with real talent! Stay away from the twisters girl!

  6. I might just have to check that out. Thanks for the info!

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