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Take a step back in time as you arrive in Helen, Georgia, a re-creation of a charming Alpine Bavarian town. Situated amongst the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, and alongside the Chattahoochee River, Helen offers travelers a taste of antiquity and adventure. This small town lures travelers by offering many cultural events and festivals throughout, including an authentic Oktoberfest celebration.
Whether you’re up for a day-long zipline excursion or looking to spend the day tasting the city’s assortment of hefeweizens – Helen offers something for all sorts of adventurers.
Downtown Helen is home to more than 400 shops and restaurants. Most famous for its German-inspired fare, Helen’s unique blend of cultures and histories bring cuisines from all over the world together for its tourists (and locals) to enjoy.
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the hills and waters that surround Helen, playing host to one of Georgia’s most beautiful state parks. Unicoi State Park & Lodge invites visitors to channel their inner-adventurer as part of the state’s Adventure Lodge program, offering activities including ziplining, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and target shooting and archery.
The recently unveiled Aerial Adventure Park glides zipliners around trees and over rivers, making a strong finish with a perfect view of Unicoi Lake from the 2,000-foot dueling ziplines. And just introduced, Unicoi recently opened its state-of-the art air riffle shooting complex. This air gun range consists of ten lanes with target cables, ready to capture your bullseye as you take aim from under the covered patio. The daily range usage costs $5 per person and $50 dollars for annual passes.
Stay the weekend at Unicoi State Park to experience the quiet mornings and peaceful evenings that the mountains bring. The property is home to lodge guest rooms, barrel cabins and full-service campsites. It is important to mention that all guest accommodations include shuttle service to and from Helen and 50% off beach activity rentals on property (kayaks, paddle boards, canoes).
For more information on where to stay, eat and play visit www.helenga.org and