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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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