Hike 0.1 mile on the easy Helton Creek Falls Trail in Union County, Georgia, to see two waterfalls and an outstanding forest.
By Tim Homan
Flanked by towering eastern hemlocks, this short but scenic trail gently descends to a pair of waterfalls on Helton Creek, The first waterfall – really a waterslide – is about 30 feet high. The second, a short distance upstream, is wide and approximately 50 to 55 feet high. Its twin cascades spill into a dark green wading pool.
Helton Creek Road, which leads to Helton Creek Falls, is located on the east side (right if you are heading north) of US 19-129. From Turners Corner, where US 19 joins US 129, continue north on US 19-129 for 9.5 miles (1.6 miles past Neels Gap), then turn right onto paved Helton Creek Road (FS 118). Travel 2.3 miles on Helton Creek Road (the pavement ends after 0.7 mile) to the railed, pull-in parking area just past the trailhead sign to the right.
From the Blairsville square, head south on US 19-129 for slightly less than 11.5 miles (1.1 miles past Vogel State Park) to Helton Creek Road.
This hiking guide to the Helton Creek Falls Trail is adapted from The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan and is published in cooperation with the publisher, Peachtree Publishers. With his meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, Homan has long been recognized as the authority on North Georgia hiking trail by serious hikers. His other books include Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness, Hiking the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness and others. For a complete inventory of his books see his Amazon Author Page. For an inventory of Peachtree Publishers books including its Nature books for children, go to the Peachtree Publishers website.