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    Lower Wilks Creek Falls
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    Third Waterfall on Davis Creek
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    Upper Double Culvert Branch Falls
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    Horsetrough Falls

    by jmpncsu Written May 16, 2014
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    Horsetrough Falls is another beautiful waterfall in Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen. From Helen, go north on GA-17/GA-75. In about 9 miles, turn left on Chattahoochee River Road/FS-44, just before Unicoi Gap. Follow this gravel forest road for about 5 miles to the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground and proceed to the day-use parking area at the far end of the campground. From here, the trail is less than a quarter-mile to a viewing platform for this interesting 100-foot waterfall. The water cascades over a cliff at various angles and makes the waterfall appear crooked. If you're up for adventure, there's several other waterfalls in the area that are pretty easy to visit. From Horserough Falls, follow the trail upstream along Chattahoochee River. There's no official trail, but the path is easy to follow. In less than a half-mile, you'll see Upper Chattahoochee Falls, a narrow sluice on the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. It's hard to believe that this mighty river starts as such a narrow stream. About a quarter-mile from the turn on FS-44 from the highway, Upper Spoilcane Creek Falls is a roadside waterfall you can view from the car. And about 2.5 miles from the turn onto FS-44, stop and park along the side of the road. You will be able to hear two waterfalls here along Wilks Creek, but you'll need to bushwhack a bit to get down to the creek and see these waterfalls.

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    Waterfalls on Double Culvert Branch

    by jmpncsu Written May 5, 2014
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    Double Culvert Branch is a small tributary of Chattahoochee River with a couple of nice waterfalls less than a quarter-mile from a road. These are a couple of hidden gems that you won't find on any maps or tourist brochures. From Helen, go north on GA-75 and turn right on GA-75 Alt. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right on Poplar Stump Road and go about 4 miles, driving more or less parallel to Chattahoochee River. The road will turn to Chattahoochee River Road, a gravel forest road, in about 1.5 miles. After about four miles from the turn, there will be a sharp curve to the right where the road crosses over Double Culvert Branch (GPS coordinates below). Park along the side of the road, but make sure that your car is completely off the road so as to not block traffic. From here, just hike upstream along Double Culvert Branch. There's no trail, but you can make out a faint path that starts on the left side of the creek and crosses over about half way through. Shortly after you cross the creek, you should see the lower falls. The upper falls is just a short ways further, but its a more challenging hike as the terrain is quite steep. Go as far up as you can go safely and enjoy the double waterfall of the Upper Falls.

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    Waterfalls on Davis Creek

    by jmpncsu Written May 5, 2014
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    There are a couple of very nice waterfalls on Davis Creek that are easy to visit if you know where to look, but they're not on any maps. They can be easily accessed from the Raven Cliffs Wilderness, so it would be great to combine a trip to Raven Cliff Falls with these smaller waterfalls. See my Raven Cliff Falls tip for more information. From the Raven Cliffs Trailhead, go about a half-mile down the forest road and park near the primitive campsites. Hike through the campsite to Davis Creek and head downstream. The Second Waterfall is right above Dukes Creek Falls. You can see the top from here, but don't get too close as it's a 200-foot drop. Head back to the car and continue down the forest road for another half-mile and park just before the road fords Davis Creek. Hike upstream along the creek for less than a quarter-mile to the Third Waterfall on Davis Creek. Along the way, you'll pass another waterfall on a Tributary of Davis Creek. If you're already at Raven Cliffs, adding these waterfalls would only take another 30 minutes or so and definitely worth the time.

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    Dukes Creek Falls

    by dustmon Written Sep 18, 2011
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    These waterfalls are about a 15 minute drive from Helen and are a worthy hike for almost anyone---Once in the parking lot ($3 entrance per car) it is about a 30 minute walk down to the falls and about 35-40 back up, walking slowly and enjoying the trees. There is a viewing station at .1 miles (not really that good of a view) and a total of 1.1 miles to the falls. The air shimmers down under the falls and is very relaxing after walking down the trail, and there are benches to rest .......

    Take 75 north thru Helen and turn left at Alt 75----a few miles later turn right on #348---the park is a few miles up on the left.

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    stoval mill covered bridge

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    the stoval mill covered bridge is located about 10 miles east of helen on GA 17. the original covered bridge was built by fred dover in the late 1800's. the original bridge was washed away in the 1890's and will pardue replaced the bridge in 1895. the stoval mill covered bridge was featured in the 1951 movie " i'd climb the highest mountain". the stoval mill covered bridge is one of only a few original covered bridges in the state of georgia.

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  • The lap of God is here.

    by Ron&Deb Updated Mar 1, 2003

    Go north through town and look for a fire road on the right. It is not paved, but is fairly obvious. Drive, slowly up the road until you get to a cell phone tower. Just past the tower you will see a wash off to the right. Walk down the wash to a clearing, there may be some primitive campers here. Walk to the edge and down about 6 feet to a flat stone. Sit and admire God's handywork at creating beauty. Sit quietly and listen, He may talk to you.

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    Babyland General

    by amybrooke Written Aug 23, 2005

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    About 15 minutes from Helen is Cleveland. It is here that the Cabbage Patch was born. You can still tour the "Hospital" and even see new borns as they arrive.

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    Just for the Kids

    by palmas57 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The cabin also had a loft that most young children would love. Or any one that is willing to climb up there, it could be quite cozy. We never made it up in the loft, but it looked like fun.

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