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Activities: hiking, waterfalls
Facilities:camping, bathrooms, waterfalls
Fees: $2.00 parking
Closest town: Helen, Georgia
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Directions from Helen
Take GA 75 north from Helen for 8 miles to Unicoi Gap. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 44(Wilkes Creek Road) about 5 miles to the Upper Chattahoochee River Camping area. Turn right and proceed to the day use parking area at the far end of the camping area.The trail head is past the campground and marked.
This beautiful falls is on the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and can be reached on a short 800' walk along a easy path. Horsetrough Trail leads to beautiful Horse Trough Falls, high in the Chattahoochee watershed. Beginning at the trail head sign to the falls follow the trail 200 yards to the observation platform which will provide an unobstructed view of the falls. In the winter, part of the camping area may be closed and it is possible that you will have to park at the entrance to the camping area and walk to the trail head, a distance of approximately 1/2 a mile.
In the Mark Trail Wilderness, Horsetrough Falls is a wide area containing most of the Upper Chattahoochee River. The hike to the falls starts at the Upper Chattahoochee Campground. Go past the campground 5 miles on the road that follows the river and you'll end up in the city of Helen.
Horsetrough Mountain an elevated eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains is part of the Appalachian Trail and home to many waterfalls that flow the Chattahoochee River, which forms within a mile of the falls, about 300 feet below the Chattahoochee Gap. The water that passes over these falls joins the river to begin a 500 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico.