One of Georgia's oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The parks 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.
Ryan O. on Helton Creek Falls Trail
The falls are very beautiful. They begin very high up and end up in what I imagine a pretty nice swimming hole (in the summer). The hike is very short and there are about three or four spots to enjoy the falls at different heights. The only thing bad was the drive down the winding dirt road which in most spots is only wide enough for one vehicle so good luck with that. The parking was kind of limited as well. Be careful.
Hiked it Nov 13, 2016. Started very early morning and finished just before dark. This is a very strenous hike with a few steep ascents. Very challenging, but worth every step. One could easily turn this hike into an overnighter, but it's doable in one day if you start early and don't dawdle. The final few miles could use some better blazing. We weren't really certain we were on the right trail for a while. Luckily we had a map and a compass.
Ryan O. on DeSoto Falls Trail
Parking is $3. There is a rest room by parking area (nothing fancy). The trailhead is back through the RV/camp ground not far from parking. At the trailhead it splits to either Upper Falls 3/4m or Lower Falls 1/4m. The Upper Falls is better and very pretty. The trail is semi-gravel with some muddy spots. It runs close to the camp and road so you may hear loud vehicles. Still 4 stars and well worth the short hike. Good for kids.
Helton Creek Falls is beautiful. The hike is short but could be challenging for small children or the elderly. There are man made steps down a hill, then it's level briefly and starts uphill. There are two areas to view...a lower and an upper waterfall.
Desoto Falls has two waterfalls. The lower falls trail (more like path) is narrow and steep. It zig zags up the mountain, and the waterfall is a bit of a disappointment. The upper trail is nice. It's an easy hike, and the waterfall is much bigger and prettier.