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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.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
3 out of 5
1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA
The price is $119 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Tanglewood, this lodge is steps from Unicoi State Park and Chattahoochee National Forest. Helen Waterpark and Helen Tubing & Helen Water Park are ...
3.7/5Good! (491 reviews)
"Great place loved the location and great staff"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Helen Alpine Village Inn
Helen Alpine Village Inn
3.5 out of 5
1005 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA
The price is $79 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in the mountains, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Helen Festhalle and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest. Helen Arts & Heritage Center ...
3.8/5Good! (368 reviews)
"The room was old but clean"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

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
The price is $93 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in the heart of Helen, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Helen Festhalle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest. Helen Arts & Heritage ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Our room was in need of repainting- door was scratched by a dog- although no pets were allowed"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
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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
Situated on the riverwalk, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chattahoochee National Forest, Unicoi State Park, and Helen Festhalle. Alpine Helen/White County ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"The private hot tub was great and access to the trail with waterfall was also great. Good location. Great communication."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
Chattahoochee River Edge Condominiums
Chattahoochee River Edge Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
854 Edelweiss Strasse #402, Helen, GA
Situated in Helen, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Helen Festhalle and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest. Alpine Helen/White County ...
3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Great stay!
"It is a nice condo in the perfect location. The kids could go out back and play in the river or we could walk to everything in Helen. The place was clean with plenty of towels. I would only suggest putting in new shower heads. The water pressure was a little rough 😊"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Chattahoochee River Edge Condominiums
Holly Cabin on Town Creek, in Northeast Mountains Blairsville
Holly Cabin on Town Creek, in Northeast Mountains Blairsville
Blairsville, GA
The price is $135 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Misty Mountain Model Railroad and Museum. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (106 reviews)
Peaceful cabin
"We loved the peace and quiet. Nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Holly Cabin on Town Creek, in Northeast Mountains Blairsville
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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May 28, 2020

lots of amenities were closed due to Covid. Was still an enjoyable trip.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 27, 2020

Two Tire Tavern was great! Friendly waitresses and good food and drinks in a fun atmosphere’

4/5 - Good

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May 26, 2020

Helen is a tourist trap. It’s quaint and everything is close together but the traffic is a nightmare in Helen. Everything around Helen is beautiful. If we go again we’ll stay in a cabin outside of town and probably not even go into Helen.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 18, 2020

Awesome town!!!

5/5 - Excellent

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May 8, 2020

Nice little friendly town that has lots to offer for all age groups

5/5 - Excellent

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May 4, 2020

We absolutely love Helen!

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