Toccoa Falls

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Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls is a waterfall with a vertical drop of 186 feet (57 m), on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. Toccoa was the Cherokee word for "beautiful" and Toccoa Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of north Georgia.


Some claim that Toccoa Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the Eastern United States, though at least four others are taller:

Dam break[edit]

Main article: Kelly Barnes Dam

During the early morning hours of November 6, 1977, after five days of almost continual rain, the dam that impounded the waters of Kelly Barnes Lake (located above the Toccoa Falls College campus) burst, and 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.[1]


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Coordinates: 34°35′46″N 83°21′36″W / 34.59611°N 83.36000°W / 34.59611; -83.36000