The town of Helen, Georgia offers Georgia residents and tourists alike a trip to Germany without needing to leave the state. Located around ninety minutes outside of Atlanta, Tubing along the river is a popular activity in the area during the summer, while the festivities of Oktoberfest abound in the fall and hiking opportunities can be enjoyed year-round. Helen also draws visitors with its local vineyards and the unique wines produced at the wineries. There’s also no shortage of delicious food to be found in town, including of course, German cuisine. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Unicoi State Park
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Situated just outside of Helen in the mountains of North Georgia, Unicoi State Park is one of the most beloved state parks in Georgia. Enthusiasts of outdoor recreation activities can find opportunities for mountain biking and hiking along the scenic mountain trails, including the easy lake loop, the 3-mile trail towards downtown Helen, the 7.5-mile rugged singletrack bike trail, and the challenging Anna Ruby Falls trek. The lake also offers activities like canoeing and swimming. For guests wanting to stay overnight, the park includes a modern campground, fully equipped cottages, and a hotel-style lodge, as well as a restaurant.
1788 GA-356, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-2201
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Located near the Chattahoochee River headwaters, the Upper Chattahoochee River Recreation Area in Helen, Georgia provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and camping. The Chattahoochee River is particularly well known as being one of the north Georgia region’s best trout fishing streams. There’s a campground that lies at an elevation of around 2,2200 feet and one of the most visited waterfalls in the state, Anna Ruby Falls, is only a short walk from the campground. The Appalachian Trail is also located nearby, along with the Horse Trough Falls Interpretive Trail.
F. S. Rd. #44, Helen GA 30545, Phone: 706-754-6221
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3.Habersham Vineyards & Winery
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Since 1983, the Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been producing award-winning wines in the North Georgia Wine Country and is one of the largest and oldest wineries in the state. Situated one half-mile to the south from Alpine Helen, the winery is open to visitors seven days a week for wine tastings, which include a sample of five different wines. Along with the selection of wines grown and produced in Georgia, the tasting room at the Habersham Winery also includes a gift shop selling wine specialty items and gourmet foods from throughout the world, including perfect picnic items.
7025 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-9463
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Charlemagne's Kingdom in Helen is an Alpine model railroad museum in the North Georgia Mountains. A must-see attraction for train enthusiasts in town, the museum is home to HO Scale German Model Railroads within a 50-foot exhibit depicting the various architecture and terrain of Germany. Charlemagne's Kingdom features hundreds of feet of railroad tracks and fits well with Helen's Alpine theme. The atmosphere in the museum is complemented by authentic sound effects and German music. Created by Judi and Willi Lindhorst, the model railroad is a great example of Alpine art, a combination of craftsmanship and imagination.
8808 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-4004
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Conveniently located a mile away from Interstate 20, the Fox Winery in the town of Helen produces an array of different wines that appeal to about any palette. Depending on the time of year, visitors may get to see one of the interesting phases of the winemaking process like bottling or maybe even harvesting. The vision of Fox Winery was to create wines with their own distinct character that pair well with traditional Southern food. The winery is generally open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am until 6:00pm and on Sunday from 1:00pm until 6:00pm.
3 Old Street, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-2924
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6.Hofer's of Helen
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Located in the charming downtown district of Helen, Hofer's of Helen welcomes guests to taste delicious European desserts, meals, and beverages. Breakfast is served here seven days a week, featuring a menu that includes popular dishes like Alpine French Toast and Belgian Waffles. Guests can also enjoy a lunch in the authentic Bavarian dining room of this European restaurant. Hofer's of Helen also includes an award-winning bakery that offers traditionally baked breads, pastries, and cakes with the Old World quality that the bakery is well known for. This local and popular establishment is open daily at 8:00am.
8758 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-8200
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7.Mully's Nacoochee Grill
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Mully's Nacoochee Grill is a family owned and operated restaurant in the town of Helen, Georgia that specializes in “comfortably upscale” American and Southern cuisine and offers unique, chef-created daily specials. The restaurant is especially well known for its fried and grilled local trout, grilled fresh salmon, hand-cut ribeye steaks, and shrimp and grits. Other popular dishes at Mully's Nacoochee Grill include the smoked cheddar grits, grit fritters, and smoked ribs. A full bar and a broad selection of wines are available as well that pair nicely with the food options here, including wines from vineyards in the local area.
7277 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-1020
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8.Old Heidelberg German Restaurant & Pub
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Formerly known as the Old Heidelberg, the Heidelberg German Restaurant and Pub is a three-floor music hall, pub, and restaurant specializing in German fare. Located in a corner of the Main Street square of Helen, Georgia, this locally owned and operated dining establishment was established in 1975 and was the first German restaurant to open in town. A German-style pub can be found downstairs, with the main restaurant dining room located upstairs. The menu at the Heidelberg includes a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, sausage specialities, schnitzel specialities, and German delicacies, such as Gulasc, Sauerbraten, Hühnerbrust, and Kasseler Rippchen.
8660 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545, Phone: 706-878-0061
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