Helton Creek Falls

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Probably the most common thing people tell me about my site is that they can’t believe all of this stuff is in Georgia not too far from their home. The part of the site that consistently impresses them is the sheer quantity and beauty of the waterfalls that are here. And many of them don’t require that much effort to see, I recently visited a prime example of that about an hour and 45 minutes to our North in Union County, not far from Blairsville, a place called Helton Creek Falls .

What you get here is a very simple quarter of a mile walk in a bucolic setting, complete with the natural beauty of Georgia on all sides. And the payoff is simple and majestic: two beautiful waterfalls. The first, known as Lower Helton Creek falls, is a visually stunning 30 foot drop in to a pristine clean pool. A bit further up (and I mean just a bit) is the more striking 60 foot drop known as Upper Helton Creek Falls. The two falls in tandem are reminiscent of DeSoto Falls, but these are much more active and interesting. There is a viewing deck for the upper falls.

To get there you drive along US 19 from where ever you are coming. Just inside Union County about the midpoint between Vogel State Park and the famous Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi, (about a mile from each point) there will be a turn on a road appropriately named Helton Creek Falls Road. Drive on this road for 1.5 miles and it will become a gravel road. Continue about the same distance on the rough gravel road and you will find the parking area. The path is clearly marked and simple to navigate, but is not wheelchair or buggy friendly.

To get away from it all, in the heat of the summer, nothing beats the North Georgia Mountains and their waterfalls. The Falls at Helton Creek are a great starting point for anyone who wants to invest just a half hour of their time to find out what I mean. You get simple beauty and tranquility with minimal effort. And hopefully it will inspire you to give more effort later.

Trail Essentials
Approximate Time: 30 min
Approximate Distance: .2-.3 miles
Trail Surface: Rocks, Compact Soil, Boardwalk
Features: Two Waterfalls, Creek, Rhododendron
Overall Rating: B+
Scenic Quality: A
Athleticism: C
Solitude: A
Value: A
Parking: Free
Hours of Operation: Daylight Hours
Facilities: None
Maps: None Needed
County: Union County

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