By Jerry Brown
The State of Georgia has designated Alpine Helen and White County as the state’s Outdoor Adventure Destination, with good reason. With our area being the third most visited area in the state, we welcome you to come and experience all the new and exciting things to do in and around Alpine Helen. We offer wonderful views all year long and we are confident that you will not be disappointed. We have outlined just a few things to enjoy while visiting and hope that you will in the near future. As you will see, you will need to plan to stay more than one day to fit it all in!
Travel: to a place that has Old World towers, gingerbread trim, traditional German foodstuffs and strasses and platzes spilling over with Scandinavian goods.
See: a natural beauty perched on the Chattahoochee River in the Northeast Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains; Alpine Helen-White County is an outdoors person’s dream come true.
Enjoy: mining for gemstones in three different locations; tubing, kayaking or canoeing down the Chattahoochee River; riding horses and ATV’s in the mountains; zip lining at four breathtaking locations; and mini golfing with your family.
Explore: the many waterfalls and hiking trails in the region, which include the well-known Appalachian Trail head at Unicoi Gap and Unicoi State Park’s Lake, Smith Creek and Helen trails. You can spend the day at Unicoi’s Adventure Lodge canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, geocaching, or enjoying archery, canopy tours and daily programing activities. Rent or bring your own mountain bike to tackle the many adventurous trails in the area.
Tour: the Historic Hardman Farm and Smithgall Woods Conservation area, the North Georgia Pottery Museum, the Helen Arts and Heritage Museum, and antique shops.
Go: fly fishing on Smith Creek, Dukes Creek, or the Chattahoochee River. Go golfing on a Championship par 72 mountain course at Innsbruck Resort, or the fun, but challenging Mossy Creek 18 hole links course. Venture to Helen’s Waterpark and the North Georgia Zoo.
Take: the Unicoi Wine trail and enjoy seven award winning White County Wineries and Tasting rooms. Photograph Indian mounds, old mills, historical buildings and nature at its best.
Taste: choose one of Helen’s 25 restaurants, cafés, bakeries and farm-to-table offerings, and last but not least our many candy shops open to tempt your sweet tooth.
Stay: downtown in one of our hotels, bed and breakfasts, condominiums, or in the woods in one of our cabins, tree houses, and covered wagons, or go tent or RV camping at one of our many campgrounds.
Jerry Brown is the Executive Director of the Alpine Helen/White County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. For more information on events around Alpine Helen/White County, visit helenga.org.