Dukes Creek Falls and Tornado Damage at Lake Burton
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.
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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