Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Helton Creek Falls are a beautiful set of easy-to-access waterfalls in the heart of Georgia's mountains. They are a few short miles away from Blood Mountain and an Appalachian Trail road crossing.

Getting to the falls involves an easy drive through a rural neighborhood and then continuing on a well-maintained forest road until arriving at the trail. Parking is limited, and on busy days you may have to find a spot on the side of the road and walk to the trailhead. However, the trail to the falls is extremely short and a very easy hike -- less than a quarter-mile to the upper falls viewing platform.

The lower part of the falls is a beautifully smooth slide down a slick rock face into a large, still pool. A stairway leads down to the water for a view.

The upper falls are a tall, tumbling cascade into a wide open break in the trees. Rocks and logs dam up a pool of water at the base of the falls, and Helton Creek weaves through them to continue flowing downstream.

Helton Creek Falls are great anytime of the year: You'll enjoy cold, frozen ice in the winter, rushing waters in spring and summer, and beautiful bright colors in the fall.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Short walk. Two beautiful waterfalls.

Cons

Busy on weekends.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Waterfalls
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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