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Dukes Creek Trail

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Dukes Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Helen, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips 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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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Please note part of the trail may closed due to a downed tree. 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.

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7 hours ago

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12 days ago

A $4 fee to a good trail for all skill levels .. Walked out with an 80 year old couple. Dog friendly It gets busier as the day goes. A 120 foot waterfall and a couple of 25 foot falls.. A wooden walkway to observation platform then Some stairs to old smooth gravel roadbed to another set of wooden walkways platforms and benches..

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15 days ago

Great moderate trail. Dog friendly.

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15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good short hike! Wide path! Waterfalls were definitely flowing there today!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail that’s very busy. Totally worth it for the falls.

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1 month ago

Easy walk fairly smooth path. Beautiful waterfall views at the bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short-ish trail with beautiful waterfalls. Very dog friendly - saw quite a few and all were very friendly and well behaved. Fairly busy for a Friday morning, so I imagine it’s probably even more busy on weekends. There’s also a $4/car self pay fee for the park.

hiking
2 months ago

A little too busy for our liking. The waterfalls were amazing. It’s a beautiful trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the best waterfall in the area and very easy trail. however if u dont like crowds I would get there early. I arrived around 10:45 and it was very busy.

hiking
2 months ago

Possibly the best waterfall hike I’ve done in the region. Nice views down to several smaller falls as you walk, then amazing finish at multiple falls each worthy of making the trek on their own. Would love to do again if I’m nearby

hiking
2 months ago

Should be classified Easy/Moderate hike. Down hill for a little more than a mile, up hill to finish.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail nice views and nice people

hiking
2 months ago

Wide trail and well maintained. Not very steep, but nevertheless it’s all uphill on the way back so make sure to bring some water

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2 months ago

Best bang for your buck. It’s a short easy trail with several waterfalls at the end. Would be great for photos but they are strict about not leaving the trail here.

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2 months ago

lots of stairs.. but several beautiful waterfalls. Pretty crowded on this beautiful Saturday.

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2 months ago

Easy trailer, well maintained. Good trail to walk the dogs.

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3 months ago

Beautiful!

This was my third or fourth hike to the falls but my first in late summer. My dogs and I had the place pretty much to ourselves with the only people being a group we passed as they headed back to the parking lot. Other than that, there was a couple with a couple young pups that came down after we had been at the falls awhile. The trail itself is still well maintained and graveled for the better portion. Easy footing. On the way back there is a nice section not far beyond the bottom set of steps for the dogs to cool off in the stream. Lots of sections of steps if that is a bother to you. All-in-all, a great little late afternoon hike. I will say that my favorite trip there a few years ago was after a few days of hard rain... very scary to even be out on any of the decks with all the water coming off of both creeks... but very cool though!

hiking
3 months ago

This has to be one of the prettiest waterfalls in Georgia. Nice grade, good footing, it can get crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained, easy trail leading to some of the most amazing waterfalls I've seen in N. Georgia.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty falls. Nice wide trail for most of it and easy enough for kids. Pretty busy on Labor Day. We had a place to park but by the time we finished people were parking up and down the road.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a really nice little hike that carries you to a beautiful waterfall. There is a $4.00 fee. You will need cash, because there is no attendant and you must fill out an envelope and use the drop box. It is confusing, because I wasn't sure if that was a parking fee (per car) or a per person day use fee. Soon after you enter the trail, you will get to the overlook deck. KEEP GOING. The end of the trail is a little over a mile and is well worth the small hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for my wife and I with our 3 yr old and Golden Retriever. 3 year old walked the whole trail but was pretty exhausted afterwards. Quiet ride home.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic up and back trail with gradual switchback decline to falls. No need to carry anything but phone for pics and a small bottle of water in warmer months. Trail is kept up nicely and consists of partial pavement, crushed gravel, and boarded/wooden walkways/steps in different places. Huge treed canopy provides constant shade. Easy for older kids,dogs,elderly. ***IMPORTANT***$4 fee required for park service. Cash only as you have to fill out an envelope and leave $ in a drop box. $4 gives you one days access to US Forrest parks.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun little hike. We went down in two spots to get in the water. When you get to the last bridge and drop down to the left go straight and the path is not as bad and there is a very large pool to play in (the bridge overlooks that area).

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 15th, 2019. Parking was no problem. There were maybe 15 other people out there at about the same time. The entire trail was open, as far as we could tell, and both observation decks operational. Definitely a trail most people can do! The path is wide, and there aren't many roots or rocks to worry about. Lovely views, and even more amazing sounds along the trail and at the destination.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful falls! The trail is in great condition, with some steps early on and at the overlooks. The second observation deck is closed, but the view at there is still amazing. If you want to splash around or let dogs get a drink, there is easy access to the creek just past the last set of steps at the beginning of the trail. Instead of going left to follow the trail, go straight ahead for a few hundred feet. This is a wonderful trail for families. I hike this trail on July 26, 2019.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike. Lots of kids and dogs. First time doing it and it seemed that the best part (that got closest to the waterfall) was blocked off due to damage from a tree fall. Otherwise, beautiful views and only a few stairs.

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5 months ago

The best viewing area is blocked by a tree fall. The parking is minimal and usually full. The trail itself is a nice hike down to the falls with a great view with some unofficial side trails if you are adventurous. Pretty steep and narrow in places I might have marked it moderate.

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