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“a nice hike in the woods”

Dukes Creek Falls Trail
Ranked #3 of 43 things to do in Helen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A easy to find waterfall, that offers parking for a fee. It is about a 1 mile hike down the winding hillside to view a very tall waterfall. Unfortunately the upper deck had been destroyed by a tree while we were there, but the lower deck offered a great view.

Thank Dustin M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

First, you park in a nice paved lot. You have to pay a couple bucks via envelope drop for parking. There are rustic bathrooms available next to the lot, as well as some picnic tables (not by the bathrooms). The parking lot provides a great view of Yonah Mountain. This trail is a bit different in that you start at the top and hike down to view the waterfall from the bottom. The trail is not paved, but is well maintained. The hike down is easy with 2 main switchbacks along the way. There is one observation deck only 0.1 miles into the hike, and a few other spots along the way that allowed us to see the waterfall before we got there. Though in March the trees had few leaves giving us good visibility. There's a nice wooden observation deck at the bottom. The 2nd observation deck at the bottom was closed due to tree damage. It's an impressive waterfall for sure. The round trip is about 2 miles. We found it much more difficult to motivate our kids to finish the hike going uphill compared to hikes that finish downhill! Well worth the trip. I thought the waterfall itself was much more impressive than the more popular Anna Ruby Falls, though it is spectacular as well.

1  Thank Charity C
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Was a great hike with 6 kids ranging from ages 10-17 years old. Relatively easy trail, more difficult coming back up from the falls. Hearing the water rushing during the hike was a great benefit. 2 mile round trip hike. Half of the hike was gravel and half was exposed roots - but not bad. Want a more difficult hike just a few minutes down the road is Raven Cliff Falls.

Thank MichinFL
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

As others have noted, parking is limited (and does cost a small fee). The trail is fairly easy; however, it is uphill on the return. It is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. When we visited in late February 2018, part of the observation deck was closed due to a fallen tree. A pretty, short hike for most people.

Thank Susan I
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Approximately 1 mile in and 1 mile out. The water was raging, you could hear it from a distance as you approached. The hike is easy with plenty of room on the trail.
One platform is still barricaded off because of a fallen tree. The one platform that is available is large with excellent views.

1  Thank identicaltwin
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