On our road trip to Georgia to pick up Maksim we stopped at Toccoa Falls which is located on the campus of Toccoa College in Toccoa, Georgia. It was a really pretty place to stop and we managed to arrive before the rain began so the timing was perfect.
When we parked we saw the old pump house and I was a little worried that the waterfall behind it was what we were going to be looking at. I know we have been in a drought but the trickle coming out of it made me a little sad.
Fortunately this was not the falls that we came to see. To access the falls you have to enter through the Gate Cottage Gift Shop. Admission costs: Children 6 and under: Free
Family of 4 or more: $6
The sad story is as follows. The Kelly Barnes Dam which is located above the Toccoa Falls Bible College, failed in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 1977. Thirty-nine people died in the resulting flood, which flooded part of the campus including a trailer park. It was the worst natural disaster in Georgia in more than 40 years. A monument stands to memorialize those whose lives were lost.
I was happy to add another waterfall to my list of ones we have visited. I have never seen one I didn’t love, how about you? Just a couple days left to comment for our Comments for a Cause — Warm Coats (and more) for Kids. Thanks for stopping by!
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Pretty waterfall! I’ve never heard of this one, so thanks for introducing me to it. 🙂
I had not heard of it before but Chris was looking for someplace to stop on the way to `Cummings and found it. He wanted an adventure. 🙂
Beautiful waterfall with another sad story.
Thanks for stopping by, Missy. It is a beautiful place.
What a tragic story, but what a beautiful waterfall.
It is one of the prettiest waterfalls – so happy to add it to our list.
Sad story, but beautiful pics. Love your selfies!
Very sad story but a lovely stop on our way to pick up our kitty!
What a beautiful waterfall even with the sadness attached. Love the selfie of you and Mr. Diamond
There is a very sad story but it is so beautiful there and they have really made a wonderful memorial to those who lost their lives.
That drought is no joke… We stayed in a MTN cabin in Bryson city and the well ran dry in a day and a half. After that we needed to use rain barrel water to flush & buy water for hand washing & consumption. Blurg. Hope they get more rain this year.
No way. That sounds like no fun!!!! Not the ideal vacation I would expect. I love Bryson City. It is really a fun place to visit.