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.
dogs on leash
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.
Really pretty, easy hike. Well maintained trail. Loved the waterfall at the end!
A Healthy walk on a well worn trail. The path is reasonable, seasonally, a few limbs to cross, many offshoot trails to wander, when feeling it.
The falls are absolutely beautiful! Very very easy trail and very short
Lots of parking. ($4 day use fee)
Decent amount of stairs in the beginning.
You zig zig down the ridge for a mile until you reach the overlook. There had been recently tree damage and part of the overlook was closed due to the tree crushing it.
Make sure you follow the more maintained parts of the trail, it veers off at two points. But it's a bit obvious which one is the mail trail.
A great reward for a very short, easy hike.... Not really a hike but more of a walk on a boardwalk and stone dust pathway down to the falls. The slope is very gradual as well. Would be a good one for family hike. There is a $4 fee to park so bring singles as it's an honor system via envelope.