Taking a hike is a way many may do to relieve stress and get in touch with their outdoorsy side. And with so many beautiful nature escapes tucked away across The Peach State, you're sure to find one that speaks to your soul. This short hike in North Georgia through the Chattahoochee National Forest winds you through a lush path to a secluded waterfall, and it might just be the one that calls to you.
You'll find the hidden Horse Trough Falls tucked away on a foot trail behind the campground in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Helen, and it's a hidden diamond in the rough that you might not know about.
This is a great trail for beginners or non-hikers because it's only about a 0.4-mile round trip trek. You can take an hour out of your day to explore the area and take your time strolling through the forest.
The trail isn't always the smoothest even though it's short, so wearing your sturdiest shoes and leaving your furry friend at home may be the best choice.
Once you make it to the Horsetrough Waterfall, you'll be greeted by a wooden viewing deck where you can sit and watch the falls.
One of the best times to visit this location is after it's rained. The extra water helps the falls to flow at a higher capacity, adding to its wow factor.
Fun fact: this waterfall flow off is actually where the Chattahoochee River begins.
While the campground near this trail is closed for repairs due to weather damage, there are still plenty of picnicking spots by the river which can make for a romantic date with your boo.
Not to mention, this trail and area are completely free to visit and explore.
The city of Helen is just a few miles down the road, so after you get done exploring, you can head to the little German town and grab a bite to eat.
Horse Trough Falls
Address: 48 Forest Service Rd. 44, Helen, GA
Why You Need To Go: This short hike has an amazing waterfall payoff at the end. You'll find it tucked away behind the campsite.
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