Duke Creek Falls Trailhead via Dukes Creek Falls

based on 34 tracks & routes #7 hike out of 23 in
2.0 mi
1 hrs 4 min
279 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate out and back trail to Duke Creek Falls Trailhead in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (Chatooga District) that features a waterfall.

A sign points to the observation deck and waterfall. There is not much of a view from the deck, so be sure to continue to the falls. The trail begins as a boardwalk and turns into a wide, natural trail that follows the river. At the falls, the trail forks to upper and lower viewing decks. Check them both out for different views of the waterfalls.

Getting Started

Park at Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area off Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway near Helen, Georgia. A day pass to park costs $4.

Taking Children

This is an easy hike for children. The trails are wide and well-traveled. The observation decks have railings and benches from which to view the waterfalls.

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    2 years, 9 months ago
    This was a very easy trail. Great to take you pet for a walk on. The observation deck is outstanding. Providing a great place to eat a snack, take some pictures, etc. I would recommend this to anyone for a breath of fresh air and beautiful scenery.
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    4 years, 2 months ago
    It was $4.00 to park in the area (to help with maintaining the area, but on the honor system really). The hike going down was easy enough for our 4yo daughter. The hike back up she became tired and we carried her the rest of the way. The start of the hike descended down into the valley. Once at the bottom of the trail, there was a boardwalk with some quasi-benches to sit on. We had lunch by the waterfall, but there was no way to be part of the waterfall like some of the other places. The area was fenced off and they had signs stating traveling off the path would result in fines. The view of the split waterfalls were spectacular.
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    4 years, 6 months ago
    Great hike.
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    4 months, 1 week ago
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    3 years, 10 months ago
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