Helton Creek Falls Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 0.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1 Easy
DURATION 20 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
100
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Helton Creek Falls

Cool off from the summer heat with a swim at the base of Helton Creek Falls in north Georgia. Located near Vogel State Park and Blood Mountain, Helton Creek Falls makes a great side trip to a longer hike or just a great short family hike and swim.

Park at the small pull-off along Helton Creek Road. If coming from the US-19 side, the gravel road is fine for all vehicles, although there are a few ruts and potholes you'll want to navigate around. If coming from the GA-348 side, there is a creek crossing not suitable for all vehicles. On warm summer weekends, the parking may extend well down the road.

The trail begins to the right of the pull-off, heading downhill for a minute or two before splitting for the two waterfalls. To the left down the steps leads to the 40-foot lower falls sliding down steep rock. To the right leads up to the top of the lower falls then along to the observation deck for the 50-foot upper falls.

If your aiming to get in the water, look for side trails along both sides of the observation deck entrance to navigate around in front of it. There is also a couple trails that head up to the top of the falls. One is alongside the observation deck entrance that may be hard to navigate going up as it's barely there. The other heads up extremely steeply from the right side closer to the falls. There's a bit of a view but not worth the trip if you don't want to get dirty or wet on the way up.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
181 ft
0 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
222 ft
15 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
273 ft
31 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
116 ft
19 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
157 ft
50 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length0.3 miles
difficulty1 Easy
duration20 minutes
features Dog Friendly  Waterfall 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeNone
elevation gain100 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.753247, -83.894337 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.19, W 83°53.66 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°45'12'', N 34°45'12'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.753247, -83.894337 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.19, W 83°53.66 most GPS units use this one
N 34°45'12'', N 34°45'12'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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If coming from the US-19 side, the gravel road is fine for all vehicles, although there are a few ruts and potholes you'll want to navigate around. If coming from the GA-348 side, there is a creek crossing not suitable for all vehicles.
Parking Capacity
12-15 vehicles + parking along the road as far as you care to walk.
Notes
Some areas of the trail can be wet and muddy. At the lower falls especially, be careful of slippery wet rocks.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-2 years ago
Good For What It Is
This barely qualifies as a hike, more like a few steps off the road. That being said, both falls are very nice making this great for younger children.
Easy | Hiked Spring 2018
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