Helen, Georgia Travel Guide

Helen Georgia is a picturesque mountain town in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.   What makes this beautiful town unique, is that's it's completely themed like a Bavarian Alpine village.   The town of Helen features cobblestone streets, the unique look of an Alpine village and architecture, shops, live performances, all with a classic German flare.

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Where is Helen Georgia?

Helen GA is located in White County Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River.  Georgia Highway 75 runs right through and is the main road used to access.  Helen is about 100 miles north of Atlanta, the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains.  The city is surrounded by the Georgia Blue Ridge, and sits at an elevation of 1,400ft.

History of Helen Georgia

The town of Helen GA was incorporated as a town on August 18, 1913.  The town was laid out by John E. Mitchell of St.Louis.  A local lumber official recommended his daughter's name as the name for the town.  Given many of the town's citizens worked for the lumber company, very few argued, and the name Helen was used.

As the lumber business began to decline, the city re-branded itself in 1969 as a Bavarian themed tourist town.  Today, tourism is the key to Helen's success and economy.  Helen has become one of the Georgia's most popular tourist attractions, especially in the Fall during its popular Oktoberfest.

What to do in Helen GA

Rather than ask, what to do in Helen Georgia, it would be easier to answer what not to do.  Helen itself is full of things to do, and surrounded by even more things to do, with a short drive.

Just a few of the many things you can do in Helen GA are:

  • Tubing and Ziplining
  • Shopping at one of the numerous locally owned shops, including unique craft shops
  • Ride the Alpine Mountain Coaster
  • Eat at one of the many restaurants, including many that have german themed food.  Hofer's of Helen is very famous.
  • Enjoy the beautiful park
  • Attend one of the many events that happen throughout the year

Nearby, you can visit:

Top 8 Things to do in Helen GA


Ride the Georgia Mountain Coaster

Take a thrill ride on the Georgia Mountain Coaster, within walking distance of downtown Helen GA.  This awesome alpine coaster, the first built in Georgia, will take you down the mountain at over 28 miles per hour!   Fun for the whole family.


Drive Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway beckons visitors to drive along its 40 miles of curvy mountain roads that travel through the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest.

Visitors can enjoy the 360 degree views from atop Brasstown Bald, Georgia's tallest mountain, or escape at one of the byways numerous waterfalls and hiking trails.


Visit Anna Ruby Falls

Spectacular and popular, Anna Ruby Falls is in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and just outside of Helen GA.   Anna Ruby Falls marks the junction of Curtis and York Creeks. Curtis Creek drops 153 feet and York Creek 50 feet to form the twin waterfalls known as Anna Ruby Falls.

A paved 0.4-mile footpath leads from the parking lot to the base of the falls. Walking is easy to moderate and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Benches are provided along the way. 


Visit Babyland General Hospital

Take the family on a trip to  BabyLand General Hospital in nearby Cleveland, Georgia.   This Southern Style "hospital" is beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains.  Filled with Cabbage Patch Kids, BabyLand General Hospital will create memories for your entire family.  Admission is free!


Visit  the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound

The Indian Mound burial site for Sautee and Nacoochee is located just outside Helen GA along highway 75.  Legend says that its origins came about as part of a Romeo and Juliet type story for the Native Americans.  A tale of tragic and forbidden love ...


Explore Unicoi State Park 

Unicoi State Park is one of the most popular parks in Georgia, and for good reasons.   The park has outstanding natural beauty, a wide range of amenities, and its very close to Helen Georgia.

Smith Lake, often called Unicoi Lake, is the scenic centerpiece of the park. At the lake, there are opportunities to fish, swim and enjoy a picnic here. 


Tube on the Chattahoochee River

A must-do summer adventure, tubing is a great way to beat the heat and explore some of Georgia's most scenic places and in a unique way.  The Alpine village of Helen GA is home to some of the best and most popular tubing adventures in the state.

Surround yourself with refreshing forest scenery on a lively tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River.   There are a number of different tubing outfitters in Helen for you to choose from


Shop and eat!

Visiting Helen GA is a wonderful experience, and you can even take of Helen home with you and remember the sights, smells and tastes until you can come back again.

Enjoy some local confections, and some wine while relaxing in Amish-crafted furniture. Brighten your home with locally produced arts and crafts, or something from one of our many museums. And don’t forget gifts for the family and friends who couldn’t visit with you!

Hungry?  What better way to experience Bavaria, than with authentic dining in Helen GA - schnitzel, pretzels, sausages, craft beers, and so much more.   Alpine Helen GA offers dining options for everyone—from formal to relaxed, uptown to down home, with your favorite local dishes, and flavors from around the world, too.  Even the kids will find something they love.


Hike to Duke's Creek Falls

Dukes Creek Falls GA

Photo by: Jeff Gunn

The hike to this 150 foot tall waterfall is one of the more busy trails in the area, and the parking area often fills up on weekends, especially in the Fall.  There is an observation platform at the falls and the trail is easy-moderate in difficulty.

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