Helton Creek Falls: Georgia’s Most Family-Friendly Waterfall

The boys and I were in Blairsville recently, staying at Vogel State Park.  While there, we took a side trip to nearby Helton Creek Falls.  What beautiful falls for such a short hike! They are less than a 1/4 mile from the parking lot.

Helton Creek Falls are comprised of an upper and lower section.  We walked to the lower section, where the boys spent over an hour playing in the water.  The rocks are a little slippery, so bring appropriate shoes.  Since my boys are young, I encouraged them to play away from the base of the falls, out in the shallow pools that formed from the spillage.  The dug in the sand, skipped rocks on the water, and splashed about to their heart’s content!

After a long while we decided to head up the trail only about 100 yards to the upper falls.  The upper falls are not as wide, but still amazingly beautiful.  They fall farther, and you can’t play in this area.  No worries, it’s majestic to see, and there is plenty of fun to be had in the lower falls area.  In fact, I wish we had brought a picnic and stayed even longer!

Helton Creek Falls Trail

Helton Creek Falls - Blairsville - ideas from 365 Atlanta Family

Helton Creek Falls – Lower Falls

Helton Creek Falls - Blairsville - ideas from 365 Atlanta Family Helton Creek Falls - Blairsville - ideas from 365 Atlanta Family

Helton Creek Falls – Upper Falls

Helton Creek Falls - Blairsville - ideas from 365 Atlanta Family

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

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