6145 Helen Highway

Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571


History is no stranger to Dukes Creek. Hernando DeSoto visited the area in 1540, and at least one of his men returned around 1560 to mine gold in the area. Although frequently credited to Lumpkin County resident Benjamin Parks, gold was found here (now White County) in 1828 by Frank Logan, launching America's First Gold Rush.


Today the path to the creek lies along the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway, a lovely stretch of road connecting (roughly) Brasstown Bald with Alpine Helen, Georgia. While the pathway is remarkably level, it descends more than 400 feet on the half-mile walk. The sound of the waterfall can only be heard at the middle of each switchback. Where the footpath switches back the sounds of the forest are louder than the falls. At the falls three more observation decks have been built into a boardwalk.


Dukes Creek Mines is a great nearby attraction, that offers a look into the past of Duke Creek Falls. Hunt for treasure by panning for gold or screening for gems just like the prospectors of the first Gold Rush. We are North Georgia premium pay dirt mine! Come check us out for yourself! We offer gold panning, gem screening, a unique gift shop, and much more!


Located just outside of beautiful Alpine Helen, Ga with many other attractions and accommodations are available for a fun filled weekend for the entire family!



We specialize in unique and authentic Navajo Horsehair Pottery, Rare Earth Gems & Prehistoric Fossils