This was a beautiful hike and falls. It was steep and somewhat rugged at times but well worth it. You can camp on first come first serve but there are no facilities and it’s hike in hike out. So glad we came across this one!
We drove past Helen to find our usual camping spot unceremoniously blocked with a large boulder 😑 Turns out most spots were blocked off (I guess due to the pandemic—but we’re trying to socially distance!) This spot was also technically closed with the gate locked but we decided to lug our stuff past it anyway. Luckily we had our water shoes with us bc you have to walk through a stream to get to this spot. It has a nice established fire ring and access to the stream. Secluded from the main road but hikers going down the side road can see you pretty clearly. The one negative about this spot is that there is broken glass everywhere! Including what looked like windshield glass?? I guess someone had a rager at some point that included a bottle fight 🙄. So be sure to bring some camp slippers.
This is a fairly lovely gem just off Hwy 75 and only 20 minutes north of Helen, GA. The access road looks somewhat like a driveway but don’t let it fool. Follow the road a short while and after crossing a ford (doable in most cars)make your first right onto a road that’s roughly 50 yards long and dead ends into a gate. Campsite on the right.
This site features areas for roughly 2-3 tents and a pre-established fire pit. With plenty of shade from towering Oaks and Poplars, and directly on the Hiawassee River, this site gives a good bit of privacy and isn’t really technical to set up as it’s just a few feet from the road, where you will find enough ‘parking’ for two or three vehicles.
Be aware that when it rains a drainage occurs pretty much right through the middle of the site, but wasn’t unbearable, and dissipates quickly after rain showers.
A little under a mile up the main road you’ll find a small parking area for the trailhead to Blue Hole and High Shoals Falls (1 mile hike).
I will likely stay here again.