Notes for the Road: Walk Georgia Blog

High Falls State Park


Few of us think about cascading water as we drive on busy I-75, but just about two miles east of this interstate highway is High Falls State Park.

This was once the site of a bustling community that became a ghost town in the 1880s. The foundation of an old gristmill still remains. Explore it as you come across it on your walk through the park.

If you have time, take a side trip to explore the Jarrell Plantation, which is open Thursday through Saturday. There you can experience what a cotton plantation was like in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Check the Georgia State Parks and Historical Sites’ website for special events throughout the year.

Northwestern Georgia near Forsyth.


  • Hike or walk 4.5 miles of trails.
  • Fish for the famous, local bass in the lake, which is the park’s main attraction.
  • Bring your own or rent a boat to take out onto the lake. You can also use one of their paddleboats.
  • Swim in the park’s pool.
  • Play a round of miniature golf or on the playground.
  • Camp at one of the 103 sites for tents, trailers or RVs.
  • Stay over night in one of the six yurts. Each yurt comes with some furniture and a ceiling fan to keep you cool in the hotter months. It also includes a small deck, picnic table and grill.

To learn more about High Falls State Park and make a reservation, visit

Park photo courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources.