Unicoi State Park & Lodge

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About Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Helen

Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a 1,050-acre (4.25 km2) state park located immediately north-northeast of Helen, Georgia in the northeastern portion of the state. The centerpiece of the park is 53-acre (21 ha) Unicoi Lake on Smith Creek. The park is especially popular in October, when the autumn leaves in the forest change colors. Entry to the park is from Georgia 356, just off of Georgia State Route 75 (North Main Street in Helen). Georgia 75 Alt allows visitors coming from the south via Cleveland, Georgia to bypass the massive traffic jams on 75 through the town during weekends, holidays, and Oktoberfest. The park also allows access to Anna Ruby Falls, owned by the U.S. Forest Service and run by the non-profit Cradle of Forestry. Separate parking fees must be paid for the park and the falls. In August 2005, some damage occurred to the park when a tornado spawned by Hurricane Katrina touched down in part of the town of Helen, and then traveled north through the park. According to signs posted, some relatively minor damage occurred to the lodge, and 15 acres (six hectares) of trees were downed. The trees were logged for timber, and small controlled burns were used to eliminate excessive dead vegetation, while the branches from the timber were turned into mulch used in the park.


Overview of Unicoi State Park & Lodge

As you traverse the city of Helen, you'll stumble upon Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Unicoi State Park & Lodge is often skipped on the visit, owing to the plethora of other prime attractions of Helen.

Abounding of places like Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park, Dukes Creek Falls Trail, Chattahoochee River and Raven Cliffs Falls, city name has great things to do that are totally worth your time.

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  • Go early!!! We chose to go mid morning not knowing what the crowds would be trying to visit the Anna Ruby Falls. Wow I'm glad we chose to go early by the time we left the line to get in rapped around the road a good ways. The waterfall was beautiful and the paved path to get to it wasn't bad at all. It's pretty much all up hill, once you reach the falls there is a 5 mile trail of the left as your looking at the falls. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a moderate hike. The trail was well maintained but be aware you are in good ole mother nature. We came across a yellow jacket nest that had been disturbed by hikers coming from the other directions and well anyone from that moment on who came across that location was stung free of charge haha. All in all it was a fantastic hike and the falls were truly amazing.

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  • My family and I had a wonderful week despite all the problems with our cottage and the unhelpful staff. The cottage: Mice. Ants. Floors not even swept, if we go by the dirty sock under the end table. Stairs had not been swept in who know how long. We were given 4 sets of towels for 7 people, and when we asked for more we were given a few more towels. Calling again did no good at all. Staff was not concerned and not helpful. Reservation staff: Rude and unhelpful. Restaurant: Poor, poor service. Again, staff rude and unhelpful.

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  • My son (5) and I were up there this past Saturday on National Hunting and Fishing Day for Unicoi's Outdoor Adventure Day and had an absolute blast! I always love going to that park! After the Outdoor days which was an amazing kid-friendly event, we went to the lake to do some fishing. I can't wait to go back!

  • Evacuated from Hurricane Irma and stayed in the Smith Creek Cabins. We had a great time until the wind and rain blew trees all over the roads. David and Blake helped me cut them off the road so I could get back to my family! Real Good People at this park. 5 stars

  • The park is very well maintained. Facilities are nice. Campgrounds are good. I would definitely recommend camping here or even just coming to hike some of the beautiful trails. There is also a nice lake you can take kayaks or paddle boards onto.

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