Helen, GA

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Helen

The Bavarian-style pitched-roof houses, cuckoo clocks and Oktoberfest might sound like the Alps, but this riverside village is actually in the Appalachians.

Discover a little slice of Alpine Bavaria in Helen, a cozy town on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Stroll down streets lined with half-timbered houses and traditional pubs in this enchanting getaway, where the South meets Southern Germany. Nestled in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen features a remarkable backdrop of wooded hills and nature reserves. Explore forest trails, pristine waterways and vine-laced hillsides in this picturesque corner of northern Georgia.

Get acquainted with Helen’s Alpine character when you stroll through the re-created Bavarian Village. Learn about the village’s history, which includes Cherokee Indian heritage, gold-mining settlers and a local logging industry. Find over 200 specialty and import stores showcasing a range of souvenirs, gifts and handicrafts. Purchase candles, blown glassware, cuckoo clocks or hand-woven quilts. Have a delicious meal at one of the restaurants and pubs, which serve traditional German and Southern American fare. If you’re visiting in September or October, experience Helen’s Oktoberfest celebrations and sample tasty imported beers. For local flavors, check out Habersham Winery or the Nora Mill Granary.

Visit Unicoi State Park & Lodge and experience Helen’s beautiful backyard. The park has an exciting network of hiking and biking trails, as well as the magnificent Unicoi Lake, ideal for summertime swimming, boating and kayaking. Go fishing from the wheelchair-accessible docks or cast a line in the trout streams. Select from plenty of picturesque spots to spread out a picnic and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. If you’re feeling energetic, hike through the woods in the Chattahoochee National Forest and reach the tumbling Anna Ruby Falls.

Helen is located in northeastern Georgia. It is 86 miles (139 kilometers) from Atlanta's international airport. Stay in a quaint German-style resort or Alpine chalet or book a room in a motel. The town is busiest in the fall, when the leaves of the Chattahoochee Forest are turning and Oktoberfest is in full swing.

Where to stay in Helen

Helen Alpine Village Inn
Helen Alpine Village Inn
3.5 out of 5
1005 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $67 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly inn in Helen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.7/5 Good! (625 reviews)
"Wonderful friendly staff"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Helen Alpine Village Inn
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
2.5 out of 5
877 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $119 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Helen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Road to entrance had huge potholes. Pool was drained. Otherwise acceptable"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Helen
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Helen
2.5 out of 5
8035 South Main Street, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $114 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Helen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Helen Tubing & Helen Water Park and Helen ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (154 reviews)
"Great staff makes a difference"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Helen
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Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
3.5 out of 5
219 Escowee Dr, Helen, GA, 30545
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Helen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
"Loved our trip! Making memories with grandkids is the best. Awesome property and amenities! Love this place and we will be back"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
Country Charm B - Pet Friendly Cabin in city limits of Helen GA
Country Charm B - Pet Friendly Cabin in city limits of Helen GA
Helen, GA
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Helen. Enjoy a water park, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
Clean and Comfortable
"The cabin was clean and comfortable. We loved being able to bring our dogs. The cabin was conveniently located near town. And the staff was very accommodating to make sure we had everything we needed for our stay!"

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Country Charm B - Pet Friendly Cabin in city limits of Helen GA
Alpine River Bend 1 – Lovely One-bedroom Apartment on the River in Helen
Alpine River Bend 1 – Lovely One-bedroom Apartment on the River in Helen
Helen, GA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Helen. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Helen Tubing & Helen Water Park and Nora ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (22 reviews)
"Property was clean and neat. Spa was in great condition for use"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Alpine River Bend 1 – Lovely One-bedroom Apartment on the River in Helen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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