Make Unicoi State Park & Lodge Part of Your Next Alpine Helen Vacation
Since settlers made their way to the North Georgia Mountains in the early 1800s, there has been something captivating about the area. In the early years, the area was first mined for gold and then logged for timber, bringing with it the development of towns and industries along the Chattahoochee River headwaters. Now, tourism is a major economic driver thanks to Alpine Helen, GA and the area’s wealth of natural resources.
Tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just north of Alpine Helen, Unicoi State Park & Lodge is in a prime location to keep guests near the area’s top destinations and attractions while still providing the North Georgia Mountain seclusion many visitors desire.
So Much, So Close
In Alpine Helen, attractions are plentiful. The Bavarian-style village hosts nearly 2 million visitors every year, providing them with great food, excellent libations, and unforgettable events. The shops that line Main Street are varied, offering shoppers clothing, candies, memorabilia, and even old-time photos. Other vacation-centric activities like miniature golf, water parks and tubing on the Chattahoochee River are great ways to occupy the kiddos, or the kid inside of you.
The regular shuttle service from Unicoi State Park & Lodge to Helen makes it exceptionally easy for guests to enjoy the buzzing downtown atmosphere during the day but still find time to relax in the park at night.
Agricultural tourism is an important subset of the economy and is led by the many vineyards that call White County and the surrounding area home. Grapes grow exceptionally well in the rich, mountain soil and there always seems to be a winery or tasting room nearby, no matter where you are. Several local companies arrange wine tasting tours that allow visitors to sample the tasty wines crafted in the area.
Not to be overshadowed, the numerous waterfalls and hiking trails bring visitors to the area year-round. Anna Ruby Falls, just minutes away from Unicoi State Park, is one of the most popular and most accessible falls in North Georgia. Dozens of other waterfalls are within a reasonable driving distance from the park and many guests will use Unicoi as a base for exploring the area. Hiking is another popular outdoor pastime for our recreationally inclined guests, and we are happy to give them options based on the needs of their group.
Relax at Unicoi State Park & Lodge
When the day is done, the serene environs of Unicoi State Park & Lodge will be the perfect spot to unwind. Our North Georgia Mountain resort boasts one of the finest lodges in Georgia’s State Park system and has additional accommodations to suit a range of desires.
The stately lodge features cozy hotel-style rooms while the Georgia State Park cabin rentals are ideal for family vacations or friendly weekend getaways. If state park camping is more your style, our RV and tent campsites are some of the finest in the Southeast. From full RV hookups to secluded tent campsites to the distinct outdoor experience of the Squirrels Nest, Unicoi provides a night in nature at your desired level.
Like many Helen, GA restaurants, Smith Creek Tavern in the lodge features Bavarian-inspired dishes and brews. Beyond that, the selections can please any guest, from picky kids to selective adults. Live music and family-friendly events make it even more appealing.
Book Your Oktoberfest Accommodations Now!
It’s never too early to start making your plans for one of the most notable Helen, GA events – Oktoberfest. The annual celebration of brews, brats, and all things Bavarian begins in September and runs through October.
Thousands of visitors flock to Helen each year and Helen, GA hotel rooms fill up quickly. Don’t delay in booking your accommodations at Unicoi State Park & Lodge.
Make your next trip to Helen a blend of in-town excitement and time spent in tranquil Unicoi State Park. The nearby activities combined with the peaceful and pristine woodlands provide guests with the respite from everyday life they’re looking for.