Dukes Creek Trail

EASY 117 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
370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

An easy walk trail, leading to a beautiful fall.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Five families and a hike The best Mother's Day with family, friends and pets! I would consider this trail a moderate hike, you are hiking down into a ravine were at the base you'll see two waterfalls that form into a little river. The kids couldn't help themselves when we got down to the base and started swimming in the freezing water, and doing a little cliff jumping. Enjoyed having lunch at six picnic tables they have at the entry point of the trail.

walking
10 days ago

I walked this trail with my wife and 9 year-old daughter, and we loved it. We were looking for a trail that would feel like hiking, but leave us with enough time and energy for other activities later in the day. This trail fit that bill perfectly. It was a 40 minute walk to the waterfall through scenic forest. Most of the trail follows close to the river, and there are some very nice views of the water along the way. The waterfall at the end is beautiful, and there is a nice viewing platform to rest and take pictures. The trail is all downhill going out, so the walk back is uphill, but it is mostly a gradual incline, and the trail is wide and very well maintained.

Also, there is a wheelchair accessible viewing platform near the beginning of the trail with a view of the waterfall in the distance. The view from there is probably best in winter when the trees are bare.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

There are two routes to Dukes Creek Falls. This one starts in Chattahoochee National Forest, while the other one starts in Smithgall Woods State Park. Mostly gradual descent to tall waterfall. Trail starts as ADA-accessible asphalt trail, then becomes wide gravel trail, and finally a steeper dirt trail. Make sure you make the unsigned sharp right turn onto the dirt trail at 0.75 miles or else you will end up at the other (state park) trailhead and not at the waterfall. There are two observation decks at the base of the falls; the higher one is currently closed due to damage from a fallen tree. It is not scheduled to reopen until 2018.

19 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

First time here and it was an easy hike to the falls. $4 to park unless you have a pass. Bathrooms are at the parking lot, no running water and are basically porta-potties. The upper observation deck is closed due to damage from a fallen tree. Not sure when it fell or why it is taking so long to repair. The lower deck offers great views. Looking forward to coming back in the fall.

hiking
24 days ago

26 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

30 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike with smooth trail 1 Mile in 1 Mile out. Steepest sections are wooden steps. Falls are higher than expected and more impressive in person than they appear in photos, due to visibility obscured by seasonal foliage. Currently, main observation deck is closed due to a fallen tree. Well worth the short hike.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy hike with kids, pretty, very crowded.