Nestled in the Historic High Country of Georgia, Helen is a touristy regeneration of an alpine Bavarian hamlet very close to the Chattahoochee River. So, you can really expect a lot as well as diverse Helen GA attractions. Discover the old-fashioned bright gingerbread, explore the shops featuring mural paintings on the paved brick alleyways, go tubing on the Chattahoochee River, wonder at the Anna Ruby waterfalls, scream throughout the day in an amusement park, experience golfing, challenge some hiking trails, or opt for horseback riding. Most of the Helen GA attractions are in and around downtown and most of that can be seen just by walking. If at all you are driving, there are many public parking lots here. However, for a unique tour, catch a Horne’s Buggy Ride drawn by horses.
One of the natural wonders here is certainly the Anna Ruby Falls that adorn the Chattahoochee National Forest. In the park, a hiking trail will take you to the viewing podium that is nestled at the base of these twin cascades, which is also apt for the visually impaired. If you are planning to come with your family, including especially kids, one of the not to miss Helen GA attractions is the Black Forest Bear Park & Reptile Exhibit. In this park, you will come across a variety of bears as well as reptiles, especially the big as well as deadly snakes. These are the bears that were working in circuses and those that have raided the picnic tables. Try to spot a Himalayan bar, black bear, and a grizzly. One more family highlight is the Charlemagne’s Kingdom that refers to an alpine model railroad. Regarded as the must see historic highlight, the Nora Mill Granary & Country Store refers to a mill of 1876, which is reachable after walking for 2 miles from Helen. It is basically situated on the Chattahoochee.
Among the museums, three are worth a visit. One of them is not only a museum, but is also a nature preserve as well as a heritage site, which is known as the Sautee Nacoochee Center. Second, the Sautee Store that is an ancient one offering Scandinavian gifts. Loved for its plantation style, the Scarlett’s Secret museum is the home of the memorabilia that is related to the Gone With the Wind movie as well as to the Civil War. The Live Tarantulas Gallery is for all those love the different tarantulas. Here, you will get a chance to know about spiders, scorpions, snakes, pythons, iguanas, and more such creepy creatures. Not only this, but you can also take your own picture with a snake or a tarantula. In addition, you can also buy tarantulas from here.
Helen Water Park is one of the ideal day-time spends in Helena for families. Featuring water slides, theme rides, and many other activities, this is a must for all those who love playing or challenging water. A snack bar here featuring veiled pavilion and rocking chairs provides good refreshments. The park also conducts tubing excursions on the Chattahoochee River. If you are in Helen, you just cannot miss tubing on the Chattahoochee River, which is the ideal way to escape the scorching summer heat. It is really exciting to experience a relaxing ride on the Chattahoochee River. You can either contact Cool River Tubing (1-800-896-4595, www.coolrivertubing.com) or Helen Tubing ((706) 878-1082, www.helentubing.com) for booking a tubing ride.
Unicoi State Park is the choice of all those who want to spend their holiday amidst wild. There are a myriad of hiking and biking trails as well as camping opportunities here. If you wish to stay in a lodge, it is also possible here featuring rooms, rental cabins, as well as a restaurant. As an outdoor adventure, think of hiking the famous Appalachian Trail in the Springer Mountain that is situated just at a distance of 45 miles from Helena. This trail meanders via the North Georgia Mountains. And yes, if you are out of Helen, the Babyland General Hospital is worth a visit in nearby Cleveland where cabbage patch kids take birth!
Meals are good at the Helen House Restaurant, Sunflower Restaurant, and Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant. For accommodations, I would suggest Ramada Limited and Country Inn near the Bear Park for $43 and $59 and Super 8 Dahlonega as a spa hotel from $42.
Best time to come
December, May, and June as these are the months of festivals here.