Gveleti Waterfall in Georgia

Gveleti Waterfall

The majority of tourists who visit the Kazbegi region in Northern Georgia travel to see the Gergeti Trinity Church, a famous church amid the backdrop of the spectacular Caucasus Mountains. Those who travel the short distance further up the Georgian Military Road are rewarded with this truly magnificent waterfall. 

Translated into English, Gveleti means “places of snakes,” a reminder to be aware of the wildlife in the area. Those who visit are often able to spot eagles, hawks, and Griffon vultures swooping through the steep valleys. 

Located a little over four miles (seven kilometers) from the town of Stepantsminda, the journey along the road to this waterfall allows travelers to also view the Dariali Gorge. There is a turn off the main road onto a smaller dirt road which is signposted. This road ventures past several abandoned cabins. Less than a mile up the road, it forks into two branches.

Take the branch on the right. A stone with a red arrow guides visitors to the Gveleti Waterfall. About 10 minutes after crossing a small bridge over the river, visitors will spot the water cascading off the steep cliffs.