Mid Deck and Falls
A great hike for the family this waterfall has a series of observation decks and spectacular awe factor. Davis Creek and Dodd Creek form Dukes Creek. The falls drops approximately 200 feet. The remaking of this trail has made this a pleasant afternoon for the whole family. Viewing of the falls has been made better, safer and easier, by a well maintained, wide traversing trail with steps on the steep sections . A 1.2 mile walk one way, the trail is suitable for children and the able elderly. Deep woods and beautiful ferns and fauna follow the trail making it a relaxing and enjoyable trek into Dukes Creek Gorge. Once at the Gorge, a series of boarded walkways connect three observation decks where you'll have nice views of the waterfall on the three creeks. If you choose not to walk the mile down to the gorge, you'll find an observation deck less the 1/10th of a mile down the trail which has a distant view of the falls. By driving an additional half mile past the access to the top of the falls a ford across Davis Creek is reached. Park just across the ford and walk upstream 100 yds to still another waterfall. Proceed 200 yards to reach the top of the falls. A little further above Dukes Creek Falls is yet another falls to check out.
Fall size: 200' total drop
Beauty Scale:(1-worth seeing-10 awesome)7
Directions from Helen Take Hwy. 75 out of Helen, Ga. go 1.5 miles to Ga. Hwy 75Alt.and turn left. .Proceed 2.2 miles and turn right onto Richard Russell Scenic Highway (Ga. 356). Continue 2 miles and look for the entrance to the parking area on the left.
Directions from Hiawassee Head south east of of town on us 76 about 3 miles. Turn right at GA-17/GA-75 Continue to follow GA-75 about 16.5 miles. Turn right on GA 356 just before entering Hellen, and travel 2.3 miles to the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. Turn right and travel 2.8 miles to the trailhead and parking area.
Facilities: Boarded walkways and observation decks
Closest town: Helen, Georgia
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