Who wouldn’t love to spend their holidays in a calm and serene location? Helen in the United States is one such location. Helen, the mountain town located in Northeast Georgia is known for the natural beauty and the Bavarian-style architecture. This spot is also home to a number of historical sites. The friendly atmosphere and mesmerizing scenic beauty of this town make it one of the best tourist places in the United States. People often visit this place to take part in the various activities such as camping, trekking, and so can enjoy many tourist attractions in Helen.
Here's the list of Helen points of interest and 15 best things to do in Helen:
1. Yonah Mountain Trail - For the Best Hiking Experience
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The tourists can explore a number of tourist spots via the Yonah Mountain Trail. The grassy fields and rock cliffs add to the beauty of Yonah mountain. This is the ideal location to view many exotic birds and flowers. The 6-mile long mountain trail is definitely a place worth to visit during all the seasons. With the most spectacular views, the Yonah Mountain Trail provides the best hiking experience.
2. Know all about the History of Helen from the Helen Arts Center and Heritage Center
This is one of the best spots for all the tourists who wish to know anything and everything about the ancient life and architecture of Helen. The amazing transformation of Helen from a sawmill town to a city of tourist value, the nature of the ancient inhabitants of Helen, etc., can all be found in this museum. Along with unique jewelry and artworks, the tourists are also given free art classes and workshops. No lover of history will be able to resist visiting this center.
3. Spend your Valuable Time to Enjoy the Beautiful Anna Ruby Falls
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Anna Ruby Falls is located at a short distance from Helen. Even the people who are not professional hikers can easily access this location. This is a twin waterfall created by the joining of two streams, namely, Curtis Creek and York Creek. The tourists are provided with all the facilities required to make the journey to this waterfall easier. The natural beauty of the waterfall is enough to attract throngs of tourists to this location every year.
4. Raven Cliff Falls – The Perfect Spot for the Hikers
It takes 1/8-mile to reach the Raven Cliff Falls from Helen. Some people avoid visiting this location with family as it is not known to be family-friendly. In spite of all the rumors, this hike is not very steep and covers many small intermediate waterfalls. However, the long distance of the hike makes it unsuitable for the kids. This is one of the most sought-after spots by the solo hikers.
5. Spend a Day at the Whitley Gap Trail
This trail leads to the top of the WildCat Mountains. It is often visited by the visitors because of the short distance. The mesmerizing views from the mountain as well as the wide range of wild exotic flowers add to the beauty of the spot. This is also used by the tourists as campsites. The scenic beauty of the mountain makes the entire journey worth the effort.
6. Have a Fun Time with Family and Friends at the Unicoi State Park
The Unicoi State Park is the best spot to spend with family and friends. Some of the various outdoor activities organized here include biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, etc. There are also accommodation facilities which make it easier for the tourists to access this location. No matter how quick a tourist is, he will not be able to complete all the activities by spending a single day at the park.
7. Hang Out with the Loved Ones at the Smithgall Woods State Park
It is difficult to find a better place to relax, which is as beautiful as the Smithgall Woods State Park. The soothing flow of the streams, the canopies offered by the towering trees, cool climate, etc., shows the mysterious beauty of nature. The tourists can engage in a number of activities in this park such as fishing, hiking, trout fishing, ranger programs, and so on. Once inside the park, the tourists will forget the outside world. This is by-far an ideal location to chill-out with family and friends. Even the solo tourists will find this place quite interesting.
8. Helen – The Best Place for Camping
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There is absolutely no better place for camping in the United States other than Helen. The cool breeze from the mountain and the relatively friendly climate makes this town an ideal location for camping. Andrews Cove is the smallest ground used for camping by the tourists.
The Upper Chattahoochee offers a yet another campground which is far away from the real world. All the facilities including toilets for the tourists will be available on this site. Also, people who choose this campsite will also get to enjoy a beautiful waterfall.
Camping is also allowed in Unicoi State Park as well as the Yonah Mountain. People who travel to Helen with the aim of setting up a camp, will definitely not be disappointed.
9. Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the Horse Trough Falls
Located in the Mark Trail Wilderness area, the Horse Trough Falls is a sight worth to watch. This location comes within the campsite on the Upper Chattahoochee. The tourists who wish to visit these falls can do it free of cost unless they wish to camp at this site. Compared to the other waterfalls, this location is less crowded even during the peak seasons.
10. Chattahoochee Stables – Ride on the Horses with No Limits
Many people who love horse riding don’t get the chance to ride because of the various restrictions like age limits. The Chattahoochee stables are one of the best horse riding places which allow people to participate in horse riding without any age restrictions. Even children who are under 5 years can ride along with an adult. A well-experienced guide will be available to take the tourists on a 1.5-mile horse ride along the Chattahoochee River.
11. Alpine Mini Golf – To Revive the Golfer in You
This is an ideal location for all the tourists who wish to engage in golf for an hour. The pristine course with German flare and the whitewashed fence are the attractive features of this mini golf course. Everyone who loves golf will definitely find this place desirable.
12. A Visit to the Newest Georgia State Park Historic Site called the Hardman Farm
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Hardman Farm is spread over a vast area of 173-acres. The dairy barn and houses built using the Italian architecture and the burial site of Nacoochee Mound are the famous tourist attractions of this location. These ancient sites are built during the 1870s and are a sight worth to watch for all the lovers of history.
13. Satiate your Appetite at the Hofer’s of Helen Bakery – Konditorei – Café
Finding a good place to dine is as difficult as that of finding a reliable accommodation. The tourists can gain access this restaurant cum bakery to get the most scrumptious German and American cuisines. They also offer many desserts and baked items which will keep the people of all age groups equally happy. This restaurant located in the downtown of Helen is one of the most reliable shops from where the tourists can dine the healthiest and delicious food items.
14. Sautee Nacoochee Arts & Heritage Center & the Folk Pottery Museum – To Get a Peek into the Art and History of Georgia
This centre showcases the art and history of Georgia and also folk pottery from the local artists and artefacts of Nacoochee Mound. Though not all the pottery displayed are not for sale, the tourists will never get to see this art anywhere else. Pottery festivals are also held here and people can get access to the individual artist’s studios during this time. Various programs on traditional food, music, and folklife are also exhibited here. These programs will give the tourists an idea about the life of ancient people who lived in this area.
15. Complete your Journey with the Nacoochee Outdoor Adventures
For all who wish to add more adventure to the trip will definitely access this location. A giant swing ride which goes up to 50-feet in the air, ATV tours, adventure camping, tramping, tree house camping, wagon camping, pioneer camping, etc., are available at this location. All the campsites are devoid of electricity and have no connection with the outside world. The Nacoochee location, in fact, provides the best experience for all the tourists who love adventures.