Helton Creek Falls Trail

EASY 88 reviews
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Helton Creek Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

This is a short hiking trail that leads down to two large waterfalls and a swimming hole. The trail is at times steep but short. There are stairs in a few places. There a two waterfalls. The bottom fall is 0.25 miles from the parking lot and the top fall is another 0.2 miles. The one at the top is one of the most beautiful you will find in Georgia. The falls drop into an exotic blue, green lagoon. There is a wooden deck, but you can go around and get closer. Be careful though!

hiking
17 days ago

Easy short hike. The 1.5 mile dirt road to the trail head wasn’t too be but I could see this being a challenge on a rainy day. The waterfall and pool were awesome. Easy to get to and enjoy. Water was a little cold but you adjust on a warm day.

walking
17 days ago

Very short little hike. the trail is very welll kept and the views are sensational

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike but one of the families favorites. My 3 yr old and 6 yr old have no trouble with this hike and love climbing the rocks and playing in the water. The swimming hole at the upper falls is a great place to cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike up and down to the last waterfall (don't stop halfway). Beautiful fall and swimming hole. Great place to cool off and take photos. Brief climb down from viewing platform to get in the water.

1 month ago

Great if you just wanna cut right to it and see a gorgeous waterfall and enjoy a swim!

hiking
1 month ago

Helton Creek Falls has been a favorite of ours for over twenty years! We love the easy hike to a delightful and scenic swimming hole for an easy trip. We've taken kids and adults there, and it's always a hit.

Keep in mind there are no facilities of any sort. If you're swimming, be prepared to change in your car or put down a towel so you don't get your seats wet, unless you are confident you can find a secluded spot to change in the woods!

2 months ago

Amazing and great!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk and pretty Falls!

hiking
5 months ago

Always a nice hike. Beautiful falls very easy to visit.

6 months ago

When I seen the name I had to go .. My mothers maiden name was Helton and my hobby is ancestry so this was a must for me And so well worth it .

6 months ago

This is a great trail and easier hike, however I don’t know why this app has it listed as moderate as this is the extremely easy trail.

6 months ago

Easy/short hike. Beautiful falls!!! If you keep driving on Helton Creek Rd toward Richard Russell, you will have to ford both Helton Creek and Hatchet Creek (so make sure your vehicle can make it).

7 months ago

My girlfriend, our dog Atlas, and I hiked this short trail, with ice everywhere and it was very enjoyable. The views were beautiful. I highly suggest seeing the Helton Creek Falls!

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy trail with an excellent waterfall. Perfect for the kids

8 months ago

Quick walk from the car. If you drive in from 348, there are 2 creek crossings. If you drive in from 19, it's just dirt roads and no water to cross. Part of the railing on the platform is broken so everyone was climbing through and out all over the falls, kind of ruins the view for everyone else. It was crowded on a weekend afternoon.

hiking
8 months ago

says it's a moderate hike but it seemed pretty easy. short in and out there is plenty to see though.

8 months ago

Very nice waterfalls. We went in the back way and It was fun to drive through the water. We were in a Prius and made it just fine.

hiking
8 months ago

This was my favorite hike of the 4 or 5 we went on while in helen. It is extremely short but there is so much to see! Very pretty hike! Will be going back!

8 months ago

Short but scenic. Some slippery roots and stairs but not challenging at all

hiking
9 months ago

A clear walk down carved steps brings you to the lower falls where you can swim and take a great photo. We walked up to the upper Falls viewing area and took a chilly dip up there as well. An easy hike, as long as you don’t mind a few stairs. We came in the back way so, we had to drive through the creek twice. It was awesome, but I wouldn’t recommend that entrance if you have a small car.

hiking
9 months ago

We came in from GA 348 and had to cross water twice. No problem for us because we were in a 4WD truck but may cause a problem for a car. Short trek to the falls which were pretty. Worth the stop if nearby.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy and quick to get to both the lower and upper falls. Worth the short hike.

10 months ago

We saw a bear running straight for the car then stopped. That was so cool

10 months ago

Beautiful creek and falls! I would LOVE to swim there! I disagree with the rating of 'moderate' though because I hiked it in flip flops :)

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful fall but there was a giant, active bee hive under the steps by the lower falls. Maintenance performance lacked. We ended up getting attacked and stung pretty bad. Pretty little waterfall though.

hiking
11 months ago

gorgeous!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Two sections with great falls and two pools at each. Gets crowded though

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Driving in watch for water in the road approaching the trail head from the Owltown side. 8-10 in deep..but solid gravel underfoot. The short hike in is well maintained. It's a little steep but the carved in steps and railings make it accessible to all ages. Be very careful if you step out on the rocks to the left of the trail at the head of the lower falls. It was extremely slippery and any misstep could lead to a horrific fall. There is a viewing platform by the Upper Falls which is easily by-passed to get at the cool waters and smooth boulders at the base of the waterfall. The water was refreshing, cold and loud. A very fun afternoon . Bring a towel. and keep an eye out for copperheads sunning on the rocks.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Beautiful falls. Nice and clean. Short walk, not really a hike, to falls. Our Labrador loved playing in the water.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

This should not even really be called a trail. lol It's a parking lot off a very long dirt road, leading to a walkway to view the falls. Although the falls are gorgeous, It is overloaded with people traffic, to the point there is no really good place to get a look at the whole Falls. There is One spot, on one dry rock you probably could, but when I was there an older couple was there with their tripod set up to get their great shot and preventing others from getting theirs.

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