DeSoto Falls

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DeSoto Falls

DeSoto Falls is actually a pair of waterfalls near Helen Georgia. Legend says that a piece of armor was discovered here from DeSoto's exploration party in the 1500s.

At a Glance

  • 2 mi round trip
  • Awesome View
  • Kids OK
  • Dogs OK
Location: Near Lumpkin County in Chattahoochee National Forest Georgia (maps & directions)
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DeSoto Falls - Trip Details

DeSoto Falls is just a few minutes west of Helen and offers a beautiful hike, especially in May when the rhododendron is blooming.  There isn't much elevation change, so even though it's a 2 mile hike total, this one is manageable for even small children.

There is paid parking at the trailhead.  From there, the trail crosses over the Frogtown Creek on a wooden bridge.  From there, the Lower DeSoto Falls is just a short hike downstream to the viewing platfrom.  After seeing the lower falls, you'll retrace your steps and then head upstream to the Upper DeSoto Falls, which is multi-tiered and much more impressive.

More Waterfalls around Chattahoochee National Forest

This area of the state is fertile for waterfall chasers.  Just north of Helton Creek Falls, you can stop and see Trahlyta Falls at the outlet of Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park. 

Further north on Highway 19, you can visit Helton Creek Falls just off of the highway or Dick's Creek Falls further south, another wide cascade.

West on 180, you have a chance to visit Horse Trough FallsBlue Hole Falls, or the ever-popular Anna Ruby Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the state.

Closer to Helen, see the nearby Raven Cliff Falls or Dukes Creek Falls.

DeSoto Falls Map, Directions, and Resources

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  • GPS Coordinates

    34.706600, -83.915250

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