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Helen is a tourist town that is a re-creation of an alpine village. It is located in Georgia's Northeast High Country.

Get in

By car

From Atlanta, GA Approximately 1 1/2 hrs.

I-85 North. Go north to Gainesville Exit 113, which is I-985 and turns into Hwy. 365. Go 42 miles continuing on Hwy. 365 to Hwy. 384. Turn left, go 16 miles to GA Hwy. 75, turn right and go three miles into Helen.

From Atlanta, Georgia via GA 400 GA 400 North. Take 400 North until it ends. Continue ahead on GA Hwy. 115. Go 5 miles to the traffic light. Turn right on to Hwy. 115. Go 13 miles to Cleveland. At traffic light, turn left onto US 129 North. Go to the next traffic light and turn right on Hwy. 75 North. 9 miles to Helen.

From Chattanooga, TN Approximately 132 miles - 3 hrs.

I-75 South. Go South on I-75 to Dalton, GA. Take Hwy. 76 to Ellijay. From Ellijay continue south on Hwy. 52 to Dahlonega. At Dahlonega continue on 52/115 to Cleveland, GA. At 1st traffic light in Cleveland, turn left on Hwy. 129 North to next light and then right on GA Hwy. 75 and travel 9 miles to Helen.

From Birmingham, AL Approximately 3 1/2 hrs.

I-20 E take I-20 East to Atlanta, then I-285 by-pass north toward Chattanooga. Take GA 400 North to the end. Continue straight ahead on a county two-lane road (Long Branch Rd.) for 5 miles to a traffic light. Turn right on Hwy. 52/115 for 13 miles to Cleveland, GA. At traffic light turn left on Hwy. 129 North. At next traffic light turn right on Hwy. 75 and go 9 miles to Helen.

From Florida I-75 to I-675 to I-285 to I-85 and see above from Atlanta.

Get around

Most of downtown Helen can be seen on foot and there are several public parking lots that a convenient.

Horne's Buggy Rides are horse-drawn buggy rides that takes you throughout the city.


Anna-Ruby Falls
  • Sautee Store. An old store museum that carries Scandinavian gifts.
  • Scarlett's Secret. A Plantation style museum that contains memorabilia from the movie Gone With the Wind and of the Civil War.


  • Unicoi State Park. The park offers camping, hiking and biking trails, trout fishing, a lodge with rooms and a restaurant and rental cabins.
  • Ana Ruby Falls. A hiking trail leads to a viewing platform at the base of two falls.

Festivals and events

  • Fasching. Best described as a German Mardi Gras. It is held before Lent.
  • The Spring Volksmarch Walk. Volksmarch is a group oriented hike or walk that is not a contest. Volksmarch is very popular in European countries.
  • Oktoberfest. Helen hosts one of the longest Oktoberfest in the South. Oktoberfest in Helen starts in September and lasts through November.


  • Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen, [1]. The owner of this "Candy Kitchen" knows how to make candy so well that he was asked to and did write Candy Making for Dummies. For the famous "Dummies" Book series from Wiley Publishing. [2]
  • Scandinavian European Import Company. Selling handcrafted cuckoo clocks, Rhythm & Seiko Movement Clocks, Beer Steins, Russian Nesting Dolls, Amber Jewelry, Rare German Pewter, Nyform Trolls, as well as many other items.

Eat & Drink

  • Pauls Steakhouse, 8537 S Main St(706)878-2468.
  • Bigg Daddys American Tavern & Music Club
  • Cafe International, Main Street, (706) 878-3102.



  • Helendorf Inn, 33 Munichstrasse, toll-free: +1-800-445-2271. The Helendorf River Inn and Conference Center is located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in downtown Alpine Helen, Georgia in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.
  • Unicoi State Park Lodge & Restaurant Hwy 356 Sautee, GA 30571 +1 706 878-2201 or +1-800-573-9659


Campgrounds & RV Resorts

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