Short Hike to a Double Waterfall

Helton Creek Falls cascades into a set of double waterfalls running through a beautiful hemlock-filled valley. The trail to the falls is a short .2-mile hike over semi-rough terrain, so it is not handicapped accessible. When you arrive at the first boardwalk, you’ll find the lower falls, which drop over a 30-foot ledge into a small swimming hole at the bottom. Continue hiking up a bit more and you’ll find the upper falls, which drops over 60 feet to a larger pool that’s often filled with folks looking to cool off in the summer.

Helton Creek is close to Vogel State Park, making it a wonderful daytrip for families camping at Vogel or visiting Blairsville. If you go in the summer, be sure to bring a bathing suit and towel. At other times of the year, it makes a beautiful little hike.


From Blairsville, take Hwy. 19/129 south 11 miles. Turn left onto 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 the right.

Helton Creek Falls

Accessible year-round, though forest service roads may be rough in rainy or icy weather.
Latitude: 34.751944
Longitude: -83.896389

US Forest Service: Blue Ridge Ranger District