The High Shoals Falls are a series of spectacular waterfalls in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The parking area and entrance is off the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway near Helen, Georgia.
High Shoals Creek drops a total of around 300 feet over a relatively short distance as it rushes down the mountain side. The result is two beautiful waterfalls that are among the most picturesque in North Georgia. A developed hiking trail leads from the parking area to the falls, but be aware that getting there is half the fun with these waterfalls!
The trail is 1.2 miles and – as many mountain hikers like to say – it is “uphill both ways!” The U.S. Forest Service rates it as a moderate hike. On a warm day it can be quite strenuous. Be sure to carry water with you. Also be aware that swimming is not allowed at these falls due to rare plants growing around them and the danger of visitors being injured. The rocks are dangerous and slippery and people have been killed after slipping on them. In other words, stick to the trail and overlook platforms and you will be fine.
To reach the falls from Helen, take GA-75 north. It becomes the Unicoi Turnpike and the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway. At 11.2 miles, turn right on Indian Grave Gap Road. This is a gravel road that is also named Forest Service Road 283. Follow it for 1.5 miles to a small parking area on your left. The trail to the falls begins at the parking lot. Be aware that you have to drive through a shallow stream shortly after you turn onto Indian Grave Gap Road! Also be aware that in winter the road can be impassable for vehicles that do not have four-wheel drive.
The map at the bottom of this page will help you find your way.
From the parking area, the trail leads down the mountainside for 1.2 miles You will walk down hill through a number of switchbacks until you reach High Shoals Creek. After crossing the creek, the trail leads along it to viewing platforms at two main waterfalls. Keep in mind as you go down the mountain that you will have to go back up after visiting the falls!
The High Shoals Falls are among a number of points of interest on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway. Others include Georgia’s highest point at Brasstown Bald, Andrews Cove, Dukes Creek Falls and Raven Cliffs. There are also overlooks and other points of interest all along the 40.6 mile drive.
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