DeSoto Falls
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
3.3
Length
hike difficulty
2.1
Duration 1 hour
Elevation Gain 396 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Chattahoochee National Forest
Parking Fee $3, $25 annual pass
Blaze Green
Nearby City Helen, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.706437, -83.914636

DeSoto Falls, so named for the plate of armor found at the falls believed to have belonged to Hernando DeSoto. With the exception of a small moderate climb, this is an easy, wide path to two scenic waterfalls, perfect for a family outing with younger children. Just 1.5 hours north of Atlanta, DeSoto Falls trail makes for a good stand alone trip or a wonderful side trail to the Blood Mountain loop just up the road.



The trailhead, parking, and restrooms are located along US 19. Following the signs to the trail, you will notice many camping spots with fire pits. The path crosses Frogtown creek, which is where it splits. A quarter of a mile to the left is the lower falls and ¾ of a mile to the right is the upper falls.



The trail is marked with green blazes, however, it is easily followed. The only moderate section along this hike is the few switchbacks climbing the hillside to reach the lower falls observation deck. The rest of the path is easy and never strays far from the creek, making for a very scenic hike. Due to the short length and lower difficulty, don’t expect to find solitude on this hike, especially in the summer months. The best time to view the falls is shortly after a good rain, especially in the spring and winter. The images here were taken in December a couple days after rain. With more foliage in the warmer months, the falls may not be as visible.

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ELEVATION PROFILE
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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.706437, -83.914636 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°42.39, W 83°54.88 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°42'23'', W 83°54'53'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Blue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928



Other Information
For information on Camping and Day Use of the sites, visit
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recreation/recarea/?recid=10524.