Things to Do in Helen, Georgia

Things to Do in Helen, Georgia
Entering Helen, Georgia, you may wonder if you have passed through a time warp into 19th century Bavaria. Helen is an amazingly realistic re-creation of an alpine village, replete with old-world buildings, cobblestone streets, shops and ethnic restaurants. This small community tucked into the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains is surrounded by miles of lush, untouched forests, lakes, meadows and state parks where virtually endless opportunities abound to hike, bike, ride horses, swim, canoe and camp.

Horseback Riding

What better way to see the North Georgia Mountains than from the back of a horse? The Chattahoochee Stables offers year-round guided rides for adults and children. Sunburst Stables is a complete campground facility with cabins, rafting, mountain climbing, riding lessons and boating. It also offers several types of trail ride packages, including overnight guided horseback camping trips.

Chattahoochee Stables
2180 Hwy. 17
Sautee, GA 30571
(706) 878-7000
chattahoocheestables.com

Sunburst Stables
3181 Hwy-255 S.
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706) 947-7433
sunburststables.com

Hiking

Helen is brimming with enough hiking trails to satisfy any enthusiast, with eight to choose from. Especially noteworthy is the Anna Ruby Falls Trail, which winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest and Unicoi State Park, and features the rare double waterfall formed by the junction of Curtis and York creeks.

Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center
3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-1448
www.fs.fed.us/conf/rec/fow/20040804-fow.shtml

Cycling

Woody's Mountain Bikes rents bicycles and offers cycling tour packages for groups. Choose from a 14-mile river and waterfall tour, a dirt road wildlife tour through the Heritage Preserve or the Tray Mountain Extreme, a rocky, downhill mountain tour billed for "experts only."

Woody's Mountain Bikes
457 Hwy. 356
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-3715
www.helenga.org/woodys

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

This is not your average miniature golf course. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf invites you to "putt your way through caves, over footbridges and under waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, extraordinary landscaping and enchanting pirate lore." And since the course is only one mile from downtown Helen, when you are finished battling pirates, a delicious Bavarian dinner is just a short hike up the road.

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
1081 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 892-1205
piratescove.net

Unicoi State Park

Located just two miles from the village of Helen, Unicoi State Park comprises more than 1,000 acres of beautifully maintained land and a fully contained recreational facility. With 115 campsites, 30 cottages, a lodge and conference center, picnic shelters and areas for hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, birding and fishing, Unicoi State Park is a vacation within a vacation.

Unicoi State Park
P.O. Box 849
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-2201
unicoistatepark.org

Water Sports

Wildwood Outfitters invites visitors to "Shoot the Hooch!" by way of guided tours down the Chattahoochee River by canoe, raft or kayak. Southeastern Expeditions provides similar tours on the Chattooga, including overnight rafting/camping trips. If you're looking for a more laid-back water adventure, Cool River Tubing Company invites you to enjoy a relaxing float down the Chatthoochee right through the village of Helen.

Wildwood Outfitters
26 Megan Drive
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706) 865-4451
wildwoodoutfitters.com

Southeastern Expeditions
7350 Hwy 76 E.
Clayton, GA 30525
(800) 868-7238
southeasternexpeditions.com

Cool River Tubing
590 Edelweiss Strasse
P.O. Box 817
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878 2665
coolrivertubing.com/main.asp

Nacoochee Village

If you need a secluded spot to retire in the evening, rent a cabin in Nacoochee Village. Each luxurious cabin has everything you'd want in a cabin, including a back porch, rocking chairs and a mountain view. You can also shop, enjoy outdoor dining and visit landmarks like the Habersham Winery, JumpinGoat Coffee Roasters and Nacoochee Antiques.

Nacoochee Village
7025 S. Main Street
P.O Box 808
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-1800
nacoocheevillage.com

Oktoberfest

Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the southern United States from mid-September through October. After an invigorating day of biking, hiking and swimming, go to town and enjoy a festive night of German music, dancing, food and beer.

Helen Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 192
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-1619
helenchamber.com

Article Written By Yvette Sajem

Yvette Sajem has been a professional writer since 1995. Her work includes SEO copy, greeting cards and two children's books. She has a BA in English from Georgia State University. Yvette has been owned by dogs for more than 20 years. She is active in local shelter rescue and transport, and is particularly partial to senior and special needs animals.

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