Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, 95 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, and 65 miles south of Greenville, South Carolina, is Toccoa Falls. It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, a four-year, fully accredited Christian college.
A meandering stream flows through the lower part of the 1,000-acre, wooded campus from the base of the 186 foot high waterfall. This spectacular waterfall, higher than Niagara Falls, is a popular tourist attraction and campus retreat. The short 100-yard path to the falls is handicap accessible.
Toccoa Falls is the site of the earthen dam which broke on November 6, 1977. Thirty-nine people lost their lives during that tragic event.
Entrance to Toccoa Falls is through the gift shop and is open from 8:30 am to sundown. For the listed hours the gift shop is open for a particular month, or for more information, please call (706) 886-7299, ext. 5215. There is a nominal admission fee to see the falls which is paid in the gift shop at the entrance of the falls. Adults are $1.00, children under 10 are 50¢, seniors 65 and older are 50¢, and groups of 10 or more are 50¢ each.
Gate Cottage Gift Shop is not only where you enter to see the falls, but is a beautiful gift shop filled with souvenirs of Toccoa Falls, furniture made in the Toccoa area, crafts from local craftsmen, and other gift items including Village Candles and any other great companies. Gate Cottage Gift Shop is the place to shop for that special gift for your or someone special.
Photo by J.J. Anthony, material excerpted from Toccoa Falls College website