Northwest of Helen, Ga.
If we were going just by ruggedness and potential for bodily harm, we would have picked the dirt path that runs along sections of Buford Highway. But that would be indulging our cynical side, which we've been taking medication to curb. Thus, we'd like to put in a plug for Raven Cliff Falls, two hours north of downtown Atlanta near Dahlonega. Just northwest of the too-cute village of Helen, the path meanders for 2-1/2 miles along lazy Dodd Creek. Ask one of the fellow hikers to take a picture of you and your squeeze in front of one of the several waterfalls, the highlight of which is a 90-foot high falls. Take the trail up to the top of the falls, but watch your footing; we assume no responsibility for plummeting hikers.