On the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest, between Atlanta and the wild Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the village of Helen. A charming, quaint Alpine Bavarian village with cobblestone alleys, turreted towers, old world architecture and a river that runs gently through it.
An Alpine Bavarian Village
Over 200 speciality stores ensures Helen to be a shopper’s paradise. Explore downtown on a horse-drawn carriage or stroll the cobblestone alleys as you browse the unique shops. Sample a traditional meal at an authentic German restaurant and savor local wines at one of the many nearby wineries on the Unicoi Wine Trail. Discover Cherokee Native American Settlements as you explore the history of Helen. Oktoberfest and the traditional Christkindlmarkt, a tradition that began in Germany over 500 years ago, brings huge celebrations to Helen in the fall and December months.
Adventure in Natural Splendour
This picturesque village is surrounded by unparalleled beauty and natural splendour where adventure awaits. Explore the many waterfalls, streams, lakes and scenic mountain trails. Tube down the Chattahoochee River, zipline through lush forests, horse-back ride through the Appalachian foothills or cast your rod on the quiet river banks. Ascend to panoramic views at the rooftop of the North Georgia Mountains on the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway to Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in the state. A breathtaking experience. The Unicoi State Park has many trails for hiking and biking. Take a challenging hike to the spectacular double Anna Ruby Waterfalls, or easy hikes to Duke Creek Falls and Raven Cliff Falls. Unicoi Lake offers a sandy beach and many great water activities with fishing, boating and swimming. There are many fishing docks with two sections for exceptional trout fishing. Helen is surrounded by beauty and tranquillity. For more adventures, take a scenic drive through the National Forest to the nearby town of Blue Ridge.
Other local attractions include:
- Charlemagne's Kingdom – an Alpine Model Railroad Museum
- Scarlet's Secret – Museum showcasing Gone with the Wind and Civil War memorabilia
- Sautee Nacoochee Center - a must see local arts and heritage center
- Nora Mill Granary - a historic and operational grain mill and shop on the Chattanooga River