Unicoi State Park

Unicoi State Park showing a bay or harbor

Unicoi State Park

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A large lake amid tree-covered mountains attracts those who want to relax. Participate in many activities to create a vacation in these lovely natural surroundings.

Unicoi State Park is tucked into the North Georgia Mountains near the town of Helen. Hike the trails to view the diverse vegetation and keep your camera ready for any wildlife you may happen to see. The central attraction is the large lake that occupies 53 acres (21 hectares) of the park. Known by both names of Smith Lake and Unicoi Lake, the area is a magnet for those who want time in or near the water or on the beach.

Swimming and non-motorized boating are popular. Try other activities that are available for added cost. Classes for paddleboarding and fly-fishing are offered through the Adventure Lodges of Georgia. Visit an accessible archery and air gun range or zip line through the park and over the lake. Many more possibilities are available to entertain the whole family. Stay at the lodge to be close to all the fun or choose one of the park’s campgrounds.

Fish for trout and bream in Smith Creek, which runs into and from the lake. Purchase a fishing license from a state office to catch catfish, bluegill and bass from fishing docks located around the lake.

Travel to the bordering Chattahoochee National Forest, which charges its own admission fee, and hike to the Anna Ruby Falls. The natural feature consists of two falls, with the principal one dropping 153 feet (47 meters). An accessible trail equipped with handrails and braille signs provides learning resources about the local environment.

Golf at the nearby Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club and walk through the charming town of Helen with its picturesque German-style buildings. The downtown area has an assortment of interesting and unique stores. Ride the alpine coaster as you speed through the woods and enjoy this part of the state and its many natural attractions.

Find Unicoi State Park about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. The park is open year round.

Top Hotels Close to Unicoi State Park

Helen Alpine Village Inn
Helen Alpine Village Inn
3.5 out of 5
1005 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA, 30545
Fully refundable
The price is $79 per night from May 22 to May 23
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 $107 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! (980 reviews)
"Road to entrance had huge potholes. Pool was drained. Otherwise acceptable"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
3 out of 5
1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $109 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly lodge in Helen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
3.8/5 Good! (597 reviews)
"Very nice, people friendly"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Unicoi State Park & Lodge
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Ameriview Inn and Suites
Ameriview Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
8288 S Main St, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $70 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Helen Alpine Village Inn
Helen Alpine Village Inn
3.5 out of 5
1005 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $79 per night from May 22 to May 23
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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 $107 per night from May 24 to May 25
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
3 out of 5
1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $109 per night from May 24 to May 25
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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 22 to May 23
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Helen
Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center
Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
33 Munich Strasse, Helen, GA, 30545
Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center
Red Roof Inn Helen
Red Roof Inn Helen
2 out of 5
8171 South Main Street, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $79 per night from May 24 to May 25
Red Roof Inn Helen
Hampton Inn Helen on the River
Hampton Inn Helen on the River
2.5 out of 5
147 Unicoi Street, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $131 per night from May 23 to May 24
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SureStay Hotel by Best Western Helen Downtown
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Helen Downtown
2.5 out of 5
8396 S Main St, Helen, GA, 30545
The price is $99 per night from May 22 to May 23
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Helen Downtown
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