Alpine Helen is a mountainous town about an hour and a half's drive away from Atlanta, Georgia. Here, you will find reminders of the Cherokee Indian culture which thrived here in the 1700's. Add this scenic, Bavaria-like town to your list of places to visit in Georgia, for it offers a variety of outdoor activities all round the year for people of all ages. Here is a brief overview of things to do in Helen, Georgia.
Anna Ruby Falls
Hike up to the base of the Anna Ruby twin waterfalls, lying at the heart of Chattahoochee National Forest. This is a moderate 0.4 mile hike on a paved trail, offering glimpses of the Chattahoochee river and several species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Stop to read about them as you hike up. The trail leads up to a deck from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the twin falls gushing over the rough cliff. If you prefer a more challenging trek, take the 4.6 mile long Smith Creek trail.
Tubing is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the Chattahoochee river that runs through the scenic town of Helen. As you drive through town you will see many tubing companies and their shuttles hauling the bright tubes up the river to the drop-off points. One of them is Cool River Tubing. They offer two different lengths of rides, a shorter hour long ride and a longer two hour ride. Take their shuttle and get off at the appropriate point and enjoy an hour or two of just floating down the Chattahoochee. Remember to keep your valuables, camera and cell phone behind, unless they're all water-proof.
The best way to explore this recreated Alpine village is by walk. Cobblestone alleys and specialty shops are reminiscent of a Bavarian town. Whether it's glass blowing, candle making or cuckoo clocks that perks your interest, you'll find a shop in Helen catering to your taste. There's no shortage of restaurants or cuisines, ranging from traditional Southern menus to German delicacies. You could also enjoy the town on a horse-drawn carriage, a fixture in this Alpine town. These horse-drawn carriages are apt both for a romantic evening out and for a family outing with little kids. Canoeing, fishing, horseback-riding and golf are a few of the other activities that Helen offers. Helen also hosts festivals and events throughout the year, ranging from hot air balloon races to Bavarian Nights of Summer, from Winefest to the South's longest Oktoberfest. So, you can be assured of plenty of entertainment, no matter when you visit Helen.