Helton Creek FallsGeorgia Trails
The Cherokee name for this part of North Georgia translates roughly into "land of a thousand waterfalls" and Helton Creek has two of the best.
From the small parking lot on Helton Creek Road head to the right to find the trailhead, marked by a simple sign and arrow. This trail descends quickly to a mountain cove fed by Helton Creek rich with moisture-loving plant life. Many of the improvements in this area date back to the work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps. As the treadway climbs the improvements are more modern, a boardwalk carrying hikers over fragile riverine zones. Stairs on the left descend to the bottom of the falls, where a viewing deck offers an excellent place to watch the first falls, commonly known as Lower Helton Creek Falls. These wide falls wash over a ledge before cascading down an easy slope about 30 feet into a small pool below the falls with a roar that can be heard almost to the road.
Waterfalls along Helton Creek in the north Georgia mountains
Returning from the viewing platform, climb the stairs and follow the trail around the left, up a embankment to an viewing area at the top of the Lower Falls. The trail continues to Upper Helton Creek Falls, a taller but not quite as wide version of the Lower Fall. These falls are a more vertical fifty foot drop. For ardent hikers, plan on combining the walk with at another hike, as this is a short, easy walk.
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