Pigeon-Crockford Mountain Wildlife Management Area: Dickson Falls (Lost Wall Falls), LaFayette, Georgia
The Lost Wall is a bluff line that follows the east side of Pigeon Mountain for several miles. It's popular with rock climbers, and a trail follows the cliffs, passing many climbing access points. Only 0.15 miles from the trail's beginning at Rocky Lane, Dickson Creek comes over the Lost Wall and forms a 70-foot waterfall. During wet periods, free-falling Dickson Falls is one of the best waterfalls in the northwest corner of Georgia. The best part about it is how easily one can get to it! This hidden jewel is great for the whole family. This hike occurred on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. My plan was to hike the unofficial Lost Wall Trail out and back to Dickson Falls.
R/T Length of Trail: 0.3 Miles
Duration of Hike: 0:10 plus 20 minutes of photography
Type of Hike: Out and Back
Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 10
Total Elevation Gain: 50 Feet
Pros: Very easy hike
Cons: Dickson Falls can have low flow during dry spells
Points of Interest: Dickson Falls - 7 stars
Trail Blaze Colors: None
Best Seasons to Hike: Winter; Spring
Fees: A WMA Hunting or Fishing License is required for this hike. The license costs $15 annually and can only be obtained online at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com or at certain retailers.
Beginning Point: Rocky Lane
Directions from LaFayette, GA: From the intersection of US 27 Business (South Main Street) and GA 193 (West Main Street) in downtown LaFayette, follow GA 193 North for 2.8 miles. Then, turn left onto Chamberlain Road, and continue for 3.4 miles to Rocky Lane. Turn right onto Rocky Lane and follow it for 1.8 miles to the parking area for Dickson Falls. The small parking area is located by a kiosk on a right-hand switchback along the road.
Click the link below to download a .GPX file with a track of this hike.
Pigeon-Crockford Mountain is home to over a dozen documented waterfalls. Most of them have problems though: they are small and/or ephemeral. In fact, the most popular falls in the area, Pocket Falls, has a tendency to completely dry up if it hasn't rained for a while. Many people don't know about the best waterfall on Pigeon Mountain: Dickson Falls. Although this waterfall can be on the low-flow side too (especially in the summer and fall), it's an impressive single-tier free-fall that's around 70 feet high total.
To get to Dickson Falls, pick up the obvious trail by the Lost Wall kiosk off Rocky Lane. The trail passes over a few rocks and shortly comes to the base of the Lost Wall. Dickson Creek already comes into view ahead. The trail reaches Dickson Falls at 0.15 miles. Although the trail crosses the creek and continues to follow the base of the Lost Wall for several miles, Dickson Falls is the turnaround point for this hike.
Before you leave Dickson Falls, take a few minutes to view and explore the beautiful falls. A big rock jumble sheltered by the Lost Wall is behind the falls. If you head down the slope below Dickson Falls a little, you can get a broad view of the rocky setting and the cliffs stretching away from the falls in a straight line. Once you've had your fill of the falls, return along the path to Rocky Lane, concluding the hike at 0.3 miles.
If you continue along Rocky Lane and stay straight at the next split, you'll come to the roadside Hood Overlook with a panoramic view to the east. Also, if you'd like to hike some more, a good choice is the easy trail to Rocktown atop Pigeon Mountain.
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