Helton Creek Falls is one of the most spectacular double length waterfalls in the North Georgia Mountains. Access to the falls lies about a mile south of Vogel State Park on Helton Creek Road. The 2.1-mile drive to the falls is paved for the first mile, then an unpaved forestry road for the next 1.1-miles to the parking area. The unpaved roadway is suitable for an average car. Normally the falls can be seen and heard from the roadway.
The trailhead to the falls is just to the right of the parking area. The short Helton Creek Falls Trail first leads to the 30-foot tall Lower Helton Creek Falls, which can be seen and is accessible from the main trail. Visitors can walk up to the very edge of the lower falls yet caution is required due to the slippery rock surface. Even experienced hikers and photojournalists like myself (the Highlander), have had mishaps around the wet slippery edges of waterfalls and it should be avoided at all cost.
Along the trail about 150-feet upstream is the impressive Upper Helton Creek Falls, towering at over 60-feet high and having a wide girth, it is awe-inspiring to behold. Below the falls is a large gathering pool that narrows into the rushing Helton Creek as it makes its way to and over the lower falls. The trail is considered to be easy to moderate in difficulty
As a courtesy always pack out what you bring in and leave the least amount of footprint (human impression) as possible behind, allowing others to enjoy the same unique pristine experience.
Helton Creek Road continues on past the falls parking area and would require a four-wheel vehicle due to potholes, low protruding rocks sticking out of the roadway, and unbridged creeks that would need to be crossed. Before making any journey along Forest Service roadways, always check the weather. Unbridged creeks can be dangerous to cross due to flash floods.
Trail Rating: easy to moderate in difficulty