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    Dukes Creek Falls

    by jmpncsu Updated May 6, 2014

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    Dukes Creek Falls is a 200-foot cascading waterfall. Despite the name, the waterfall is actually on Davis Creek. The falls are easily accessed from the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area in Chattahoochee National Forest. Note that there is a day-use fee for accessing this area, payable at self-serve kiosks in the parking lot. From the parking area, follow the Dukes Creek Trail for just over 1 mile to the observation platform at the base. There is a viewing spot that is handicapped-accessible within the first tenth of a mile, but the views from here aren't that great due to tree foliage blocking the waterfall. From this viewing deck, the trail winds downward through a series of switchbacks and stairs to the base of the waterfall. Despite the steepness, the trail is well-graded and pretty easy to hike. At the base, there is a big wooden platform from which you can view the waterfall from different angles. No matter where you view the falls from, there are a lot of trees in the way, but it's still a very scenic waterfall. From the furthest point on the viewing deck, you can see another nice waterfall on Dukes Creek (this may actually be Dodd Creek at this point, I'm not positive) just upstream of the confluence of Davis and Dukes Creeks. Once you're finished, start making the hike back up to the parking area, which will seem a lot more challenging than going down. But at least it's only a mile. From the restrooms at the parking lot, you can also get a nice view of Mount Yonah in the distance.

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    Anna Ruby Falls

    by jmpncsu Written May 6, 2014
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    Anna Ruby Falls, actually two waterfalls, is one of the most popular attractions in Helen. And for good reason - the waterfalls are spectacular and easy to visit. The Anna Ruby Falls Trail is only 0.4 miles from the visitor center to the falls with only moderate elevation gain. Additionally, the trail is paved and there are benches along the way to take a rest. There is a $3 per person fee to visit the site, payable at a fee booth or inside the visitor center. The waterfalls were named Anna Ruby Nichols, the daughter of a confederate soldier. Anna Ruby Falls is two waterfalls - Curtis Creek Falls at 153 feet and York Creek Falls at 50 feet. At their confluence below the waterfalls, they turn into Smith Creek, which flows into Unicoi Lake. The forest service has built very nice observation platforms at the end of the trail from which to view and take pictures of the falls.

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    Raven Cliff Falls

    by jmpncsu Updated May 5, 2014
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    Raven Cliff Falls is a really cool and unique waterfall located just outside of Helen in the Raven Cliffs Wilderness of Chattahoochee National Forest. From the Raven Cliffs parking area, hike along the Raven Cliffs Trail, which is well-marked and easy to follow. Along the way, there are countless cascades and three waterfalls along Dodd Creek. You can see each of the waterfalls from the trail or scramble down to the creek for a better view. Use extreme caution when going down to the creek as there is no trail and its quite steep. For the third waterfall in particular, do not attempt to go down near the waterfall. If you want to go to the base for a better view, scramble down further downstream from the falls and head upstream along the creek. Past the third waterfall, it's about another mile to Raven Cliffs. There's no doubt when you reach the huge cliffs. The trail gets a little steep here, but its only a short ways up to the falls. The waterfall plunges down through a narrow chasm in the cliff and make for one of the most unique waterfalls in the area.

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    Dukes Creek Mines

    by dustmon Written Sep 20, 2011

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    You can pan for gold or gems or fossils here---not sure how for real this is, but there were folks there when we drove by sitting in the shade looking through their buckets in the water troughs....Prices for gem buckets go from $10-75 and for gold $15 each bucket. Free admission and parking.

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    Charlemagne's Kingdom

    by dustmon Written Sep 20, 2011

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    This is an Alpine Model Railroad Museum in Helen featuring HO scale German Model Railroads. This art was created by Willi and Judi Lindhorst and depicts modern Germany with 400 feet of track and computerized trains. Thousands of hand painted figures, moving parts and fun for the whole family.

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    Habersham Winery

    by dustmon Written Sep 18, 2011

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    Right outside Helen, Habersham is a fun spot to visit on an afetrnoon, try a few of their wines (free at the tasting station!) and buy a bottle or 2 from this excellent Winery---both reds and whites are available and some blush as well. We bought a bottle of the Sangeoviese, sort of Chianti-like, for about $13. Lots of other wine-related items in the gift shop.
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  • Tubing is AWESOME in Helen

    by traceys67 Written Jul 18, 2011

    I'm not sure what that other reviewer was talking about - We go tubing in Helen ALL THE TIME!! Sometimes the water is low when there has been a drought, but if its been raining a lot, then of course the water is higher (its not like the tubing people can help what mother nature does with the water level!).

    It is pretty rocky, so be sure to wear water shoes and perhaps bring a sturdy walking stick to help steer your tubes away from rocks, or to help keep yourself from getting hung up on them. if you don't have any, you can buy them there, cheaply. We have a blast every time we go! We've been going since my daughter was 2, she is now 5 and has a blast every single time!! she rides in her own tube, but we connect ours together with straps.

    its a definite must do, and a great way to relax, have a little fun family time, and get a really wet for a couple of hours.

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  • tubing in the river

    by kumar700 Updated May 29, 2011

    I rarely write reviews, but this memorial day horrible experience in tubing in the
    river made me to write this. I suggest not go with kids under 10, water level is
    very low there are so many rocs, it is very skiddy and dangerous for tubing.
    so many changes of hitting rocks. it is shame on law enforcement officials of helen
    allowing tubing companies to operate freely for few bucks of economy, i know there is
    waiver agreement but it doesn't matter, allowing tube renting for kids under 10 is
    dangerous, they know the situation, but people who come from out of town do not know
    the intencity of danger unless you try it. As they said kids can go so i thought water level is
    good and it won't be tough ride. it is not scary ride it is dangarous ride.
    any type of scary thing is ok, but danagerous nature of water flow towards the rocks
    is not fun for my kids, no help available, no proper exists for people who do not
    like, no proper warning sign boards before entering the river with the tube.

    i am just talking about my situation, just trying to share my experience.

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    Festhalle is were it all happens

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Festhalle Helen, Ga

    Oktoberfest 2008 September 11 - November 2 is going on. There are other events that go on all through the year but OKtoberfest is when all the drinkers come out. If you don't like crowds then wait until this event is over because it's very crowded.
    Check website below for current events

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    Chill out and floar down the river

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jake and me in the Chattahoochee

    A very pleasant way to spend a summer day is floating down the Chattahoochee on a tube. This was the main attraction that drew us to Helen for our 7 year old grandson's birthday trip. There are at least 2 companies doing this in Helen and I doubt that there is much difference in price and they certainly use the same river. We went to Cool River Tubing. In Helen you purchase your tickets and are given a tube which you take to a huge trailer attached to a bus. You board the bus and are taken upriver where you take your tube and get in. There are two options for length of trip and we took the shorter which was about 1.5 hours. The flow is not terribly fast but a pleasant steady pace. There are some small rapids which pose no threat but give kids a thrill.

    If the level of the river is low, tubes can get stopped sometimes but you can take or buy a stick to use to push loose so you don't have to get out of the tube (although this is not difficult either). It is a good idea to have something on your feet so you can take an old pair of sneakers or for less than $10 buy some river shoes in the gift shop.

    Prices seem to me to be reasonable. Our ride was only $5 each. Sticks were $5 and my grandson thought his 3 foot blue one was neat and took it the next day as a walking stick on our hike up to Anna Ruby Falls.

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    tubing the chattahoochee

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    chattahoochee river

    cool river tubing company is one of a couple of tube operators in downtown helen. in the summer months you can rent a tube for a relaxing ride down the chattahoochee river. a fun thing to do on a hot summer day. see the attached web site for more information.

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    carriage rides

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    alpine carriage tours

    you can take a horse drawn carriage ride to see the sights of downtown helen. a nice relaxing thing to do downtown. you can arrange a tour on GA 17 (main street) in central helen. for more information see the attached web site.

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    indian mound

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    nacoochee mound

    located two miles southeast of helen is the nacoochee indian mound. this mound dates back to 2,500 BC. the cherokee native american tribe burned a sacred flame on the mound and the pasture around the mound was once a cherokee village. the spanish explorer hernando de soto visited the village in 1520. the gazebo on the top of the mound was built by captain j. h. nichols in 1890. the nacoochee mound is one of the most photographed sites in the state of georgia.

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    CAbbage Patch Nursery

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    The hospital puts on a real "life like" show of birthing babies. Every hour you can see one being delivered. It is quite a process to see. They make it seem to real, nearly surreal, throughout the whole building. These are but a few other examples of dolls in various poses. There is a purposeful process through each room, and each features dolls you can adopt along the way.
    The whole them is obviously to entice the "little children" but that then brings in the sympathetic parents and grandparents, who just have to "adopt" a doll to take home.

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    The Hills are Alive for Activities

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 5, 2009

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    There are many things to do in north Georgia-called ""Naaath Gajja" by the locals. There is hiking, climbing, shopping for goods and antiques, but also fishing, canoeing and boating, or even the balloon rides for the trepidation. You can also pan for gold in Dahlonega, or adopt a doll in Cleveland.

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  • Aug 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    How far is Helen, ga from Knoxville,tn?

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      Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      You can find routes and distance by using googlemaps (it's around 140 miles), or you can ask on the VT Helen travel forum here:

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