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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a quite valley where much steeped history took place, mostly for the Indians, who lived a life in peace until the exodus to Oklahoma in Trail of Tears, for the Cherokee. The valley has a mythical history of an Indian girl jumping to her death from a mountain....that same story is prevalent in Chattanooga. Then after the death of the lover woman, the Sautee killed himself--legend.
This is a small community in the valley of Sautee, near Cleveland and Helen areas. It has a special shop with the entrance still as it looked 100 years ago. In the rear, though, it is set up for that commercial shopping for goods, clothing, jams, Glogg (Swedish cinnamon flavor liquer), cheese, and amber; none of which are "bargins" Next to this is Wendell's restaurant, a country eatery with daily specials of the South.
This little town has been a stalwart for years, and has now a museum and some other attractions. It was a town started hundreds of years ago, and even in 1540, the Spanish came through looking for gold. After the Civil War, it was a timber country and secluded. Later it became the "moonshine" capital. The train depot and the big red apple weighing 5,20 pounds are the primary attractions.
I have visited here often starting in the 1970's due to the inlaws moved to this town of 3,600 to get away from the big city. They did that and moved back after 5 years.
The town seems to maybe mot hold much attraction for visitors. However, if you hang around long enough, you will find that the big apple, the old train depot and some other sites are really interesting. The locals are all friendly.