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through this region in 1540 in their
                                                                                     eorgia has hundreds of              1  DeSoto Falls          attempt to find gold.                      2 2         Directions: Take US 19/129 South
                                                                                     waterfalls, and many of them       (34.7063889,-83.9152778) ) is a   Directions: To reach Desoto Falls, take        from Blairsville for 11.5 miles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turn left on the first paved
                                                                                                                        natural site that reminds travelers
                                                                               G are less than a three-mile             of the early history of the Americas.   US 19 N from Dahlonega for 4 miles past   road past the entrance to Vogel
                                                                                                                                                  the junction of US 19 and US 129
                                                                                hike of the trail heads. Here are       The two waterfalls along the DeSoto   at Turners Corner.                         State Park. (Look for the Helton
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Creek Waterfall sign on the right
                                                                                our featured falls for 2022. Go to      Falls Trail consist of a lower falls that                                        side of the highway.) Drive for
                                                                                                                        drops about 20 feet and an upper
     HIKES   5                                                         to          and more scenic falls that plunges 80                                            road and then continue on a gravel    WATERFALL
                                                                                                                                                                                                         approximately 1/2 mile on a paved
                                                                                                                        feet. Both can be accessed on foot by
                                                                                see all the Georgia waterfall trails
                                                                                                                                                                                                         road for approximately 1.5 miles
                                                                                                                        disembarking from a well-manicured
                                                                                                                                                                                                         (stay to the right at the fork in
                                                                                and stay tuned in 2023 for more
                                                                                                                        trail leading from the day use parking
      WATERFALL                                                                 top choices.             1 1            awesome views, elevations in this                    (34.7533325,-83.895), is a beautiful   the forest for a while) to a small   HIKES
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the road – you will travel through
                                                                                                                        lot. Located in rugged mountains with
                                                                                                                                                                               2  Helton Creek Falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                         pullout parking area. Trailhead
                                                                                                                        650-acre area vary between 2,000 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         will be on the right as indicated.
                                                                                                                        3,400 feet.
                                                                                                                                                                             set of falls on a well-marked trail.
                                                                                                                          The name of the location stems
                                                                                                                                                                             Composed of a lower fall whose water
                                                                                                                        from the presence of Spanish
               MORE                                                                                                     explorers in the region. Legend has                  drops into a pool 30 feet below and
                                                                                                                                                                             an upper, taller fall that rushes over a
                                                                                                                        it that the Spanish conquistador
                                                                                                                                                                             60-foot ledge, the trail that follows the
                                                                                                                        Hernando De Soto and his men
                                                                                                                                                                             falls is an easy .2-mile hike. However,
                                                                                                                        ventured past the falls on their
                                                                                                                        journey of exploration, and a member
                                                                                                                                                                             sudden changes in grade on the short
                                                                                                                        of the party left his armor behind. The              please be advised that there are many
              waterfall hikes                                                                                           discovery of the armor led many to     DeSoto Falls  hike that emphasize the need to stay
                                                                                                                        believe that the expedition passed
                                                                                                                                                                             on the trail and observation deck.
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