Helen, Georgia

Top Spots in and near Helen

  • Blairsville, Georgia

    Hike the Bear Hair Gap Trail

    4.5
    5.5 mi / 675 ft gain
    Vogel State Park is one of the many beautifully preserved wilderness parks of Northern Georgia.  With a stunning alpine lake and 17 miles of trails, you cannot go wrong.  The Bear Hair Trail is the perfect mid-distance option that will reward you with both great views of the lake from a high vant...
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  • Blairsville, Georgia

    Hike to the Brasstown Bald Peak

    4.3
    1.42 mi / 430 ft gain
    Once you make it to the parking area (parking fee required) to Brasstown Bald you will be at about 4284 feet elevation. From there you will have a short (0.6 mile) but steep hike to the tower that sits atop Brasstown Bald. Along the path you will see Rhododendron and various other blooms dependi...
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  • Clarkesville, Georgia

    Paddle Lake Burton

    3.0
    Lake Burton is, in my opinion, Georgia's most scenic large lake.  It is completely surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and has some of the clearest water in the state.  Moccasin Creek State Park is a great launching point for all of your paddling adventures, whether you own your own vessel or ...
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  • Lakemont, Georgia

    Minnehaha Falls

    4.2
    0.39 mi / 98 ft gain
    Despite their beauty, not many hikers know about Minnehaha Falls. Even more shocking, these are some of the most accessible falls in all of North Georgia. Round trip, the hike to the falls will only take about a half a mile. Hikers can park along the side of the road at the trailhead. Follow the ...
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  • Arkaquah Trail, Georgia

    Hike the Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald

    11 mi / 3756 ft gain
    The Arkaquah Trail is unique as far as North Georgia trails go for any reasons.  Its elevation gain and distance puts it near the top for most challenging day hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  If the 11 miles round-trip sounds a bit daunting, this hike can also be done as a 5.5 mile point-to-po...
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  • Cleveland, Georgia

    Hike the Appalachian Trail to Preachers Rock

    5.0
    2.1 mi / 425 ft gain
    The Appalachian Trail is arguably the most famous thru-hike in the world.  Along its 2,181-mile journey, there are many beautiful mountain views, and Preachers Rock is definitely one of them.  A large granite slab near the summit of Big Cedar Mountain reveals mountain views that are truly the epi...
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  • Tiger, Georgia

    Hike to Glassy Mountain

    5.0
    1 mi / 3415 ft gain
    In order to find this hidden gem, you'll have to drive quite a ways up the mountain first, otherwise it is a very steep incline. There will be limited parking at the gate that stops you from driving the whole way up. You will turn onto a road called "Glassy Mountain Rd" and that will be the road ...
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  • Dahlonega, Georgia

    Lake Zwerner (aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir)

    5.0
    3.24 mi / 367 ft gain
    Lake Zwerner (aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir) is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Dahlonega, Georgia.
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  • Clarkesville, Georgia

    Panther Creek Falls

    3.7
    7.27 mi / 659 ft gain
    Park at the Panther Creek Recreation Area. The fee to park here is $4. There is extra parking alongside the road if the parking lot is full. The trail begins opposite the parking area, noted by a wooden sign. The trail gains elevation here and there with several drop-offs secured by cable cord f...
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  • Young Harris, Georgia

    Hike the Miller Trek

    5.0
    6.3 mi / 1325 ft gain
    This is an awesome trek with views of both Young Harris and Hiawassee, GA! The trail starts from the parking area where there is the Miller Trek A-Frame (see photo for reference)! There are several different trails within the trail system on the mountain, but if you take 5 minutes to read the map...
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  • Dahlonega, Georgia

    Explore Cane Creek Falls

    From the parking lot, walk about 500 feet to the check-in office to let the receptionist know that you would like to visit the falls.  This campground operates as a retreat select times throughout the year and is closed to the public during those times so prior to visiting, be sure to call and fi...
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  • Clayton, Georgia

    Camp at Tallulah River Campground

    Tallulah River Campground is located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee national forest. It is just outside of Clayton, Georgia. The campground has about 15 spots that are big enough for a small to medium sized RV. Each camping spot also has a nice tent pad for a big tent. Most spots are also on the riv...
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  • Dahlonega, Georgia

    Kayak the Chestatee River South of Dahlonega

    4.0
    This six mile section of the Chestatee River is a safe, enjoyable float mostly away from civilization. There are several small rapids and bumpy areas (class 1) throughout, with two larger rapids (class 1-2) towards the end of the section. It does get pretty shallow in some sections, so keep watch...
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  • Tallulah Falls, Georgia

    Hike to Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge SP

    4.4
    1.85 mi / 564 ft gain
    The trail is located in Tallulah Gorge State Park which is about 1 ½ hours northeast of Atlanta, off of Highway 441. There is a $5 per car entry fee into the park and they prefer the use of cash. From there, follow the signs to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, where there is parking and pl...
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  • Tallulah Falls, Georgia

    Camp at Tallulah Gorge State Park

    4.7
    Tallulah Gorge is a must-see feature of Georgia. Campers can lay low and experience the gorge from its floor, engaging in river activities such as kayaking or swimming. Those seeking a thrill can hike the rim trails of the gorge, and even cross an 80' high suspension bridge. (Hikers who may be fe...
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  • Toccoa, Georgia

    Explore Toccoa Falls

    3.6
    0.2 mi
    Park at the welcome center of Toccoa College.The trailhead is behind the welcome center, starting at the gates to the right of the center. The trail takes you along a creek on a gravel trail. After a short distance, you will reach Toccoa Falls, where the water pours off the rocks from over 180 fe...
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