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DISCOVER GEORGIA HIKING

Updated: May 18, 2023

Blue Hole Falls & High Shoals Falls



As spring turns into summer and we transition to bright, warm days,

many of us are looking for ways to get outside and enjoy the much welcomed change of seasons. We can’t think of a better way to end Spring, kick off Summer and enjoy the outdoors than going on a hike! We’re excited to share one of our favorite Spring hikes with you and we think you’re going to love it. If you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’re in for a treat as this hike features not one, but two gorgeous falls. Read on to learn all about one of North Georgia’s most stunning hikes, just 2 hours away, to High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls!


The Hike:

The trailhead is located approximately 11 miles north of Helen, GA on Forest Service Road 283. You will have to drive on a gravel road and, although it can be navigated without a four-wheel-drive, we recommend driving one if possible as the road does ford a very shallow creek crossing. Parking is available in a small parking lot near the trailhead.

As you begin on High Shoals Trail, you will be surrounded by gorgeous hardwoods and beautiful mountain laurel as you begin a descent for about a quarter of a mile, at which point the trail makes a right turn. Continue to follow the trail by watching for blazes and switchbacks to ensure you stay on the right path. You will pass some primitive campgrounds along the way and will notice the sound of water as continue your descent and get closer to Blue Hole Falls which is located approximately 1 mile into the hike.


Location:

Indian Grave Gap Road FSR 283

Towns County, GA


What We Love:

Located near Helen, GA (makes for a great day trip)

Family Friendly

Two Beautiful Waterfalls

Swimming Opportunity


Distance: 2.4 Miles Total Out & Back

Time: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Dog-Friendly: Yes


This gorgeous waterfall absolutely lives up to its name as the waterfall tumbles into a clear blue pool that is one of our favorite swimming holes in the state! It’s not huge (just about 25 feet tall), but its beauty is hard to beat! The serene pool at the bottom of the waterfall creates a calming experience that is a great reminder of everything we love about nature! There is a viewing platform located at this waterfall which makes enjoying it super easy. If you hike on a warm day and decide to take a dip in the cool water, make sure to be mindful of the vegetation and avoid trampling the natural plants growing in the area.


After you’ve enjoyed Blue Hole Falls, you will pick back up on the main trail and continue for a short distance longer (about 0.35 miles). This part of the trail continues to descend and you will come to a set of natural rock stairs that will take you to the incredible High Shoal Falls. This grand waterfall is about 50 feet tall and features beautifully cascading water. There is a viewing platform for this waterfall that allows you to catch a glimpse of the total magnitude of the falls. If you decide to venture closer to the falls, be aware that the rocks can be extremely slippery. We highly recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots with good traction if possible.


When you have finished soaking in High Shoals Falls, you will catch the same trail that brought you to the falls and follow it back to the parking lot. Keep in mind that the journey to see the waterfalls is generally downhill, so be prepared for the hike back to be a bit more challenging! Take your time and enjoy the beauty all around you as you make your way back to your car.


If you love waterfalls, this hike is for you! We highly recommend making the trip to Helen to enjoy the beauty that this hike has to offer!


Stay tuned for more beautiful trails to explore. Follow Georgia Hikes on Instagram at @_georgia_hikes_ or visit our website at gahikes.com for more hiking content! Be sure to tag @northatlantafitlife on Instagram, North Atlanta FitLife on Facebook, and Georgia Hikes and let us know if you check out Blue Hole Falls & High Shoals Falls!


SEE YOU ON THE TRAILS!





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