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Dukes Creek Trail

EASY 340 reviews

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

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.

hiking
5 days 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
21 days 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
23 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beatiful Falls and fairly easy hike. Just be aware it is all up hill on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful water falls. All down hill on the way in.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with some moderate areas. Close to the Helen area, good for dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail for most anyone in relatively good health. Not recommended for people with walking difficulties only because there are a couple of areas where there are stairs. This is a beautiful trail, well maintained except for the last viewing area where a tree had fallen and broken part of the viewing platform which was closed as of July 2019. A nice gentle walk through the woods along the creek with some beautiful views of multiple waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and nice hike for a hot summer morning. Falls are beautiful, as are the water features along the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

We saw a mother bear and cub on the way in. Only 20-30 yards off the trail. Mother was wary but not aggressive. Falls nice but view not as good due to partial closure of the observation deck.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy for all ages. Paved for a good chunk of it. We had a 7 month old baby strapped on one of us, one with a fractured vertebra and that had just had varicose vein surgery, and a pregnant lady. We all did fine. There were plenty of kids hiking around us. The path wasn't crowded. There's a wooden walkway near the waterfalls and part of it is closed off because a chunk fell down. The view is beautiful and it's easy to climb down and play in the water.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

We attempted this trail 7 years ago when I was sick and my daughter was 7 months pregnant. It was too much for us then (her husband with their 3 year old on his shoulders completed the hike), but today it was easy. It took us a little over an hour round trip. We were able to use our Senior Pass, but still filled out the parking pass, otherwise you need to have $4 cash or a check. The trail down was mostly well maintained until the final switchback, and it got a little muddy/eroded. The signage was mostly good except at the beginning where it looks like 11 miles to the falls, but it's actually 1.1. the round trip for us was 2.3. An observation deck is at.1 and it's wheelchair accessible. There are stairs beyond that point for the steep parts, otherwise the trail is gradually down. At a couple of points you need to follow the signs to the falls, otherwise you could get off trail. One of the observation decks at the end was blocked off, but the best view for us anyway was the lower deck. There was a good amount of of rhodedendron in bloom to look at on the way down. The way up was harder, but not too bad. We rated this trail easy, but we're used to hiking much harder trails. It was a week day on a summer evening and it was reasonably crowded, lots of families with small children and other couples.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for dogs and beginner hikers!!

2 months ago

Nice well maintained trail. Bridge is out past observation deck so you can't go all the way

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for a nice and easy walk to beautiful waterfalls! Perfect for kids, my 4.5 year old did great!

hiking
2 months ago

Great view of the falls at the end. Great bang for your buck given the short distance and ease of hike.

3 months ago

Nice easy 20min hike each way.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail. Since we live part time up this way, it’s one of my favorite go to’s for a short hike. Beautiful waterfalls!

Beautiful waterfalls at the end of the trail and fairly easy hike.

3 months ago

Hiked with family, great short hike to the falls.

3 months ago

awesome trail

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy and a great little wind-down trail after section hiking the AT. Waterfall was awesome and wanted to just sit there all day.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy walk. I had an injured foot and made it while walking slow. Waterfall was beautiful!

4 months ago

beautiful walk. we found it fun with our 6yr old and 4yr old grandchildren. they and their dad had a blast. the falls are impressive

hiking
4 months ago

Great short 1.1 mile hike down a gravel/dirt path to the falls. 1.1 mile back up to parking. Coming up was easy. Kids had a blast.

hiking
4 months ago

You can hear the power of the water as you walk the trail. I also found the original trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and super fun with kids! Don’t listen to the haters about the bride being out. Still plenty of spots to catch the view of the falls.

4 months ago

Some of the walk way is closed due to a tree falling on it. cant get really close to the waterfall till its fixed.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy hike down to beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
bridge out
5 months ago

Part of the overlook to the falls has been knocked out by a tree. The trail is well maintained. Not an easy trail. More like moderate with the elevation.

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