If you are into Mini Golf this place is pretty cool, we have seen Pirates Cove Mini Golf down in Florida so this must be a chain. Still if the kids are with you this is a good time killer and the kids love it.
9:30am - 11pm
Call for our hours in the Spring and Fall
Just outside of town you should visit the Habersham Winery and do a wine tasting. The tasting was free, rather informative and fun. We liked most of what we tasted from whites to reds. They have been producing wine since 1983 which make it one of the oldest wineries in Georgia.
After leaving Helen to the North you can do a very scenic drive by turning left on to Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway (348) which winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest. You can make a complete circuit by turning Right to Highway 180 and then another right at Highway 75 which goes back to Helen. The complete circle takes a little over an hour depending on how you navigate the curves and turns. It is particularly pretty in the Spring and the Fall.
Helen is a pretty tourist town located in a beautiful part of Georgia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the Chattahoochee River. It is basically a re-creation of an Alpine village-tons of little shops expected to be in a tourist town and many sit down restaurants. No fast food here. They have many festivals here. The area is beautiful and it is a fun day trip, If you go here, go to Anna Ruby Falls-very pretty.
If you are in the Helen, GA area do not miss these pretty falls. It is a relatively easy and short hike to see a beautiful waterfall deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. We walked this with a baby, so it is not a bad hike.
Curtis Creek drops 153 feet and York Creek 50 feet to form the twin waterfalls
Unicoi State Park is just 2 miles north of Helen and offers a variety of activities from hiking to camping, boating, biking and of course fishing. We just went there for lunch one day, having picked up some food at Hofer's in Helen. It is a beautiful setting, well equipped with lodges, cottages, campsites and picnic tables.
I suppose some would call this a tourist trap, but it all depends on your perspective. The carriage ride is only about 20 minutes through the town and is not particularly scenic. However, it is only $5 and kids love it. We have now brought two grandchildren (both age 7 at the time) and both loved it. The drivers are all cordial and offer the children a carrot to feed the horse at the end. The horse of course knows this and is ready to snatch it from their hand as soon as they are close enough. Have your camera ready to get some surprised looks on the child's face.
Our third game of mini golf was at this place as my grandson just couldn't wait to find out if the big mountain (mound) in the center of the course was part of it. Of course it was and it marked the first time I have intentionally played golf from in a cave. The course has some interesting holes but this one captured his imagination as the cave was dark and of course fitted with spooky sounds. The course is not as attractive as Alpine Golf but has some interesting features and a whimsical figure of a man in the pond. All in all, a great place especially for kids to have a good time.
Cool River Tubing also has a nice waterslide on the north side of Helen. We took our grandson there and watched although it would probably be fun for adults as well. We bought his ticket in conjuction with tubing and it was only $5. I don't know if it would be more for the slide alone. It was well worth it when he came down the first time and emerged from the water exclaiming, "Awesome!" Tickets and directions can be secured at the headquarters. Children have to be 42 inches tall. There is staff on duty to make sure sliders don't go down on top of one another.
Anna Ruby Falls is just a few miles north of Helen and adjacent to Unicoi State Park. The hike of just under half mile is not a difficult one and the path is paved. There are also attractive stone benches along the way so you can rest frequently if needed. There are a couple of bridged crossings of Smith Creek as well as two nicely placed observation decks just below the falls which offer great views and photo ops.
When you reach the observation decks you are treated to not one but two lovely little falls. They are Curtis and York Creeks which meet here to form Smith Creek. Curtis drops about 150 feet and York about 50 feet and together form a beautiful and unusual scene. Along the path there are various signs with information about the flora and fauna as well as historical information. It is a great easy hike for almost anyone who is mobile. We enjoyed it very much and our 7 year old grandson thought it quite cool.
Most putt-putt golf courses are somewhat cute and a bit tricked up but this one is downright beautiful. From the garden entrance to the elevated deck walkway from the clubhouse to the ice cream shop and on to the course itself, the landscaping is striking and quite lovely. If you are traveling with kids putt-putt is a sure winner and this one is lovely as well. Adjacent to the course is an ice cream store where you get a 10% discount when you show them your scorecard. Our 7 year old grandson thought it was a perfect day - mini golf followed by ice cream!
the nora mill store is another interesting place to visit when in the helen area. nora mill is located about a mile east of helen on hwy 17. this late 1800's grist mill now houses a general store. the nora mill is worth visiting when in the helen area.
the sautee general store is located about a mile east of helen on hwy 17. named after the chickasaw warrior sautee it is an interesting place to visit when in the helen area. the sautee general store has the usual tourist mechandise but one part of the store is just like a turn of the century drug store. the sautee genral store is worth stopping into on the way to helen.
located on main street (hwy 17) just walking distance from central helen is betty's store. if you are staying in helen this the place to buy groceries, beer and wine. part of the store is a modern grocery store and part is a old fashioned general store. the beer and wine selection rivals a major city store. a very interesting place to visit when in helen.
This is what ALL the shops, banks, restaurants look like in the city. In the 70's the town was going bankrupt so some of the business leaders decided to turn Helen into a Bavarian adventure. It worked and now tourism is the major form of business in the town. You must go to OKTOBERFEST. Not as good as the one in Munich, but alot cheaper.