When you’re in Murphy, there are so many great natural spectacles within a short driving distance. Just South of Blairsville GA and barely past Vogel State Park, you’ll find Helton Creek Falls. It is a short drive down a gravel road to a parking area. The hike is easy and about a half mile. You’ll find there are two falls – the lower fall and upper. We preferred the upper as it is tall and has a great swimming pool at the base. You can see it all from their observation deck or walk around it to enjoy the water itself. Be prepared though, the water is cold!
Directions from Murphy NC: Take 64 West to a left on 19/129 at the traffic light by the Flea Market and Hot Spot gas station. Follow into GA and Blairsville. Go straight through the traffic light to pass McDonalds. Take a left on the next traffic light on Blue Ridge Street. Go to the traffic circle and take the 2nd exit on GA-11/19/129. Go 11+/- miles to a left on Helton Creek Road just past Vogel. You’ll see the parking area and trailhead to your right in about 2 miles.
Enjoy our pictures of our day trip below. You can click the picture for a larger image 🙂
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