Helton Creek Falls

Area Status: Open
Helton Creek Falls cascade into a pool at the base of the falls.

The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike. Please be advised there are many abrupt changes in grade along this short walk. Please stay on the trail and observation deck.

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At a Glance

Fees: Free
Open Season: Open all year
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Blue Ridge Ranger District

General Information


From Blairsville, GA take US 19/129 south for 11 miles. Turn left on Helton Creek Road just past the entrance to Vogel State Park. Go 2.2 miles to a small pullout parking area. Trailhead will be on right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

As you begin down the Helton Creek Trail and make your way into the forest, the sound of the lower falls filters through the trees. The lower falls are about 40 feet long as the water flows over a rock outcrop. As you continue along the trail, you'll soon arrive at the observation deck and the main attraction, the upper falls. These falls seem to come right out of the forest as they cascade about 50 feet into the pool below.

As always, please stay on the trail to protect the surrounding plant life and the soil. Never attempt to climb on rocks around these waterfalls. They are often slippery. One wrong step could lead to disastrous results.