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Toccoa Falls, Georgia

Toccoa Falls
Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. It has a vertical drop of 186 feet. We were there very early and it was a very peaceful place.

I was not aware of the tragedy that occurred here in 1977 before I visited the falls.  I think that the visit would have been a bit different had I known.  It boggles the mind that something that provides such peace and tranquility was the source of such terror, death and destruction.

On November 6, 1977, in the early morning, the dam above the falls failed. 176 million gallons of water surged through the campus below in the space of a few minutes. Most of the college personnel who lived in the path of the flood were asleep at the time, and 39 of them were swept to their deaths in the raging waters of Toccoa Creek. The dam was not rebuilt.

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Destruction from dam failure 1977.
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Destruction from dam failure 1977.

Smokey Mountain Trip: 11/30/13-12/1/13


I started taking picture of waterfalls in black and white years ago.  We took the kids to the North Georgia Mountains in October and I wanted to see if I could get similar results with the new camera.  This was actually shot from the shoulder of a busy mountain road.  The lighting was just right to get a longer shutter speed.  I need to order a neutral density filter for the camera so I can do this on bright days…  This turned out nice.  I did change the foliage colors slightly and added some saturation.

Trahlyta Falls, Vogel State Park - Blairsville, Georgia
Vogel State Park – Blairsville, Georgia