Helen, GA

Spectacular Waterfall Views at Dukes Creek in North Georgia Are Best in Winter


We’ve visited Duke’s Creek Falls near Helen, GA, in all seasons. And there’s no doubt in our mind which season is the best for a visit. Read on to learn more.

Duke's Creek Falls includes multiple smaller falls like this, and a towering 150-foot cascade down a mountainside.Photo byDeanLand /OurTravelCafe.com

For an extended post with videos, more photos and visit tips, click over to OurTravelCafe.com (which includes links with advertising where the website or author may receive payments.)

Before you go, know that Duke’s Creek Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia. The parking area is just off GA route 348.

Duke's Creek Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, approximately 10 miles west of Helen, GAPhoto byDeanLand / OurTravelCafe.com

You can get a distant glimpse of the falls just a short walk from the main parking lot. But if you take the 1.1 mile trail down, the payoff is a much closer and better view.

Our crew loves the wide dirt path, filled with switchbacks down into the valley.

As you descend, you’ll spot lots of small falls and rapids along the way.

At trail’s end, Davis Creek cascades more than 150-feet down the mountainside.

Trees and other greenery obscure much of the waters’ journey during spring, summer and fall.

At trail's end, you can sit at the base of the 150-foot cascading falls and enjoy the view. We go in the morning to avoid crowds.Photo byDeanLand / OurTravelCafe.com

For us, our favorite season to visit is winter. With most of the leaves gone, you can really appreciate the height of the falls, and the twisting, turning, plunging route the water follows down.

One more tip. We like to get an early start, hike down before 10 am, and return to the parking lot by noon. That way, we avoid lots of other visitors, many of whom like late morning and afternoon visits.

For more details, visit tips, videos and photos, visit our Duke's Creek blog post at OurTravelCafe.com.

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I'm a trained journalist and retired global marketing executive. Living in Northwest Georgia, I write about about avocations including outdoors, travel, exploration, history and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries. My South Louisiana-born French Cajun upbringing in food-rich Louisiana plus my extended restaurant-related career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. At my blog, OurTravelCafe.com, I offer a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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