This is an easy 1.1 mile hike down a wide path ending at a boardwalk viewing the falls. Dukes Creek Falls is 250 feet high and cascades down the rocky mountain. The falls is more impressive after rain but is still very nice. There is a smaller cascade/waterfall that can been seen from the boardwalk too. A wheelchair-accessible observation deck at .1 miles offers a clear view of the falls and gorge.
From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town). When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19. Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign. Take a right onto HWY 60 / 19. Follow until the first stop light (just after the lake) Take a left at the light onto HWY 52. Continue Down HWY 52 to the second red light, here 52 splits with 115. Take 115 toward Cleveland/ Helen. When you reach the downtown square of Cleveland take US 129 North/GA 75 Alternate for 3 miles. Turn right on GA 75 Alternate and follow it 5.1 miles to GA 348 Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. Turn left and go 1.7 miles. There is a large sign on your left for Dukes Creek Recreation Area.