Dukes Creek Trail

EASY 223 reviews

Dukes Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Helen, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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This is a great trail for all skill levels. Round trip the trail is about 2.2 miles. The first couple of hundred yards is an ADA paved trail that winds around to an observation deck overlooking the ravine and Davis Creek falls on the other side. From there it heads down a series of stairs and follows an old road bed which makes up the better part of the trail. There are wooden boardwalks and stairs occasionally along the way. Most of the trail is wide and flat with switchbacks. As you wind your way down to the bottom of the ravine you get occasional sounds of the waterfalls. The first sizable falls are viewed from the trail. The last descent down to the main falls is the steepest part of the trip and the trail gets a bit narrow and steep on the side. At the falls there is a nice observation deck with two observation platforms with built in benches. In the summer the creeks treat you with a natural air conditioning. Also with the high humidity there are lots of varieties of mushrooms everywhere which seem to entertain the kids. If you are looking for a full day, use this as a warm up for Raven Cliff Trail that is just up the road. $4 to park unless you have a pass.

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty east trail for an amazing view.

24 days ago

The falls are great!! Only wished the upper observation deck would have been fixed.

25 days ago

nice climb

1 month ago

This trail is located close to Helen, Ga so I'm sure many tourists think about going. Just a warning! When you walk down to the bottom of the falls you must walk back up! Beautiful hike and well worth it though! The views of the river are just as beautiful as the falls.

1 month ago

Short, easy hike and spectacular views of the fall! I went after it had just gotten done raining so the water was in full force and it was glorious!

hiking
2 months ago

OK. This is a bit of a surprise. Easy walk down and back up. Well maintained. But the waterfall at the end is amazing. You get to see one of the best falls in the area and it's only a mile or so there. Much better than hiking 8 miles through crazy terrain for a little trickle of water! This one is HUGE. The kids loved it - great picture opportunity !

hiking
2 months ago

Great short little hike to round out an easy morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely worth the time if you’re in the area and looking for a short, easy hike with some beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

This short trail down to the falls was amazing. Tons of views, no way I could give this any less than a 5 star review.

2 months ago

Easy hike—well maintained path. Beautiful multi-tiered falls. Some recent storm damage prevents access to the top observation deck at the trail end, but the trip is still worthwhile. Make sure you bring $4 in cash for the parking fee!

hiking
2 months ago

The view of the falls at the bottom is nice.

3 months ago

A tree took out a large part of the upper viewing platform, so you couldn’t see the upper Falls well, but besides that, it’s a nice hike. Wish you could get down to the water more easily but if you back track when you come down the stairs, you can access the river.

3 months ago

$4 to park, so make sure you have cash or check. Great easy hike! The falls are beautiful but I can see this trail getting crowded in nice weather. Took my Shepard, great trail for dogs & from what I saw, easy for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful tall falls at the end of a well maintained trail. Family friendly walking. This location gets very busy on weekends and during tourist season. Parking fee required and clearly explained at the entrance.

3 months ago

The falls are beautiful! Our dog enjoyed it. The kids loved it. 5 year old walked down and up on her own. The 3 year old needed a lift back.

3 months ago

Great trail. Well maintained easy for kids. Amazing falls

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail! Took about 40 minutes, and the view was awesome. Very easy! At the bottom, one of the lookouts is closed (trail is broken), but on the other one, you can climb out and go in the rocks, but be careful, it is slippery. A radio attached to my pants fell off, and went into the river, managed to get it out though.

4 months ago

The power of water simply amazing loved hiking this trail with my gtanddaughters❤️

hiking
4 months ago

Such a gorgeous, magical place!! The trail is absolutely stunning!!!! The waterfall is gorgeous but, unfortunately, 1 viewing point is blocked off due to a tree so there's no access, but the other viewing was still amazing!! I definitely want to come back to this place!!!

5 months ago

Easy hike to beautiful waterfalls

6 months ago

This is an excellent Hike to Dukes Creek Falls with a well marked trail. This is in the Chattahoochee National Forest and you have to pay to park. However, if you have a golden pass or senior lifetime pass, here is not cost. Just be sure to bring a pencil to fill out the registration.

6 months ago

The upper overlook was taken out by a tree, but the lower is still available. Pretty crowded at the bottom. It's a short, somewhat easy hike, back and forth downhill from the parking lot.

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful stroll! Got a little confused at the sharp turn but eventually figured it out. Would love to go back!

7 months ago

Beautiful easy hike! A must in you're nearby.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty waterfall, but wish the hike was longer. Lots of people on the trail and not a great "wilderness" experience if that is what you are looking for. A good starter hike for families with kids.

8 months ago

It was great can't wait to return

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy hike with most of it on a paved or gravel road. Make sure you see both waterfalls.

9 months ago

loved it!! worth the

hiking
9 months ago

Nice clean cut trail, kinda hard to see the falls , part of the bridge was out so you couldn't see a good view. Snuck down to the water tho , water was nice and cold.

10 months ago

This "hike" is kinda a joke and basically only made for tourists and those that don't hike. First, no annual pass is excepted here so you must pay $4 for a 2 mile hike. It starts paved then goes to gravel. Once you get to the observation deck you will see that the part where you can actually see Dukes Falls is closed so you can only see a side fall that is very unimpressive. Overall is was very disappointing because at $4 a car with a full lot there is plenty of money to fix the observation deck to actually see the falls.

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