Helen Journals

Alpine Helen

A travel journal to Helen by willow

Quote: The Alpine Village of Helen is nested in the northest Georgia mountains. At first thought the marketing ploy of a Bavarian Village in the Appalachian seems distastful, but this tiny Georgia town makes it work.

Alpine Helen

Overview

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Helen offers more than 100 shops, restaurants and bakeries in an Alpine themed village. Helen offers seasonal festivals such as the Volks March in the spring and fall, Octoberfest and Alpine Lights for Christmas. Of course there's fishing, swimming and tubing in the summer.

Quick Tips:

If you happen to be in Atlanta, and need respite from the crowds, Helen is a great day trip. We use Helen as a weekend getaway year-round.

Best Way To Get Around:

Most of Helen can be seen on foot. To explore the surrounding area, you'll need a car.
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The park offers your choice of a cabin, accomodations at the lodge and camping sites for tents and RVs. We have never camped at Unicoi, but have stayed at the lodge several times for both leisure and Georgia State sponsored workshops. The rooms resemble standard hotel rooms. Some family units feature sleeping lofts. The park has a large lake for boating (boats and canoes are available for rent) and fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds and extensive trails for hiking and mountain biking. A full service restaurant is available at the lodge and offers good local cuisine. The park offers alot of programs and guided activities such as nature walks and craft classes. The craft shop offers po...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2000

State Unicoi State Park Lodge Georgia Government: Smithgall Woods
61 Tsalaki TRL
Helen, Georgia 30545
(706) 878-3087

Old Sautee Store

Attraction | "Sautee-Nacoochee Indian Mound"

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Highly romanticised in modern day by locals as the supposed resting place of young lovers from warring Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes. More likely the mound was built by an earlier Missippian culture. The mound is visible from the highway and easily recognizable as a man-made structure. I believe it is located on private property and has never been excavated.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2000

Old Sautee Store
Nacoochee Vly
Helen, Georgia 30545
(706) 878-2281

Nora Mill Granary

Attraction | "Nora Mill"

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This is an authentic 1876 water powered grist mill still in use. Excellent freshly milled cornmeal and grits are for sale in the general store along with other foods, snacks and gifts. We bought meal, grits and country cured ham for use at home and snacks for the day. There's something charmingly pioneer about watching the freshly ground corn spill into the meal bin, then scooped into sacks and sold into waiting hands.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2000

Nora Mill Granary
Highway 75
Helen, Georgia 30545
(706) 878-1280

Anna Ruby Falls

Attraction

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This spectacular set of twin waterfalls is well worth the walk up the steep trail. Take advantage of the rest stops; the walk is tiring and sometimes slippery with water. Be alert to wildlife, we were almost over ran by a deer! Once you reach the falls there are benches and overlooks. Allow 1-2 hours for the hike and for viewing the falls. Bring water and snacks.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2000

Anna Ruby Falls
Chattahoochee National Forest
Helen, Georgia