By carFrom 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.
Pegasus Horse Drawn Carriages can take you throughout the city.
Black Forest Bear Park & Reptile ExhibitA "park" that is the home to many different species of bears and reptiles too.
Charlemagne's KingdomAn Alpine Model Railroad.
Nora Mill Granary & Country StoreA Granary Mill built in 1876 on the Chattahoochee just 2 miles south of Helen.
Sautee Nacoochee CenterA museum/nature preserve/heritage site.
Sautee StoreAn old store museum that carries Scandinavian gifts.
Scarlett's SecretA Plantation style museum that contains memorabilia from the movie Gone With the Wind and of the Civil War.
Unicoi State ParkThe park offers camping, hiking and biking trails, trout fishing, a lodge with rooms and a restaurant and rental cabins.
Ana Ruby FallsA hiking trail leads to a viewing platform at the base of two falls.
Unicoi OutfittersFly fishing.
Festivals and events
FaschingBest described as a German Mardi Gras. It is held before Lent.
Annual Trout TournamentA Trout fishing tournement held in Helen every year.
The Spring Volksmarch WalkVolksmarch is a group oriented hike or walk that is not a contest. Volksmarch is very popular in European countries.
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & FestivalHeld the first weekend in June every year.
OktoberfestHelen hosts one of the longest Oktoberfest in the South. Oktoberfest in Helen starts in September and lasts through November.
- Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen. 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.
Scandinavian European Import CompanySelling 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
address: 7277 South Main Street
address: 8758 North Main St
Pauls Steakhousephone: +1 706 878-2468address: 8537 S Main St.
La Cabana Mexican Restaurantaddress: 8160 S Main St
Viele Margaritasaddress: 8537 S Main StSTE B.
Bigg Daddys American Tavern & Music Club
Safari Steakhouseaddress: 8717 N Main St
- Cafe International, Main Street, +1 706 878-3102.
Old Bavaria Inn Restaurantaddress: 8619 S Main St
Jordano's Pizzaaddress: 11 River St
Sunflower Restaurantaddress: 8252 S. Main St
address: 9001 Main Street
phone: +1 706 878-2296address: 1005 Edelweiss Strasse
phone: +1 706 878-2111address: 8220 S Main Street
phone: +1 706 878-3140address: N Main St
address: 8288 South Main St
address: 100 Edelweiss Strasse
address: 747 Duncan Bridge RdSautee, Ga
phone: +1 706 878-3310address: 147 Unicoi St
address: 33 MunichstrasseThe 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.
phone: +1 706 878-2148address: 9001 Main Street
address: 8171 S Main St
phone: +1 706 878-2268address: 15 Yonah St
address: 134 River Street
phone: +1 706 878-2141address: 749 Brucken Strasse
phone: +1 706 878-2191address: 8396 S Main St
- Unicoi State Park Lodge & Restaurant Hwy 356 Sautee, GA 30571 +1 706 878-2201 or +1-800-573-9659
phone: +1 877-307-3367