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 Gate Cottage Gift Shop. 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.
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