Road Trip to NE Georgia
Escape the heat this summer by traveling north and spend time bridging the gap between past and present in the rural
Northeast Georgia Mountains. Experience scenic beauty, natural treasures and small-town delights. The mountains will provide
you with a simple escape from life’s daily rigors.
Helen Hiawassee Tallulah Falls
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The Alpine town of Helen takes its inspiration
from the villages of Germany, complete with
the building style of downtown shops and
restaurants. But it’s also in the heart of Northeast
Georgia, offering travelers outdoor sports like
tubing and hiking, along with wine tasting at
the many vineyards nearby. The area has both
Native American history and an arts community
in nearby Sautee Nacoochee.
During the warmer months, typically May to
September, spend the day floating down the river
with outfitters like Helen Tubing & Waterpark
and Cool River Tubing, which drop you off and
pick you up. They also offer changing rooms,
showers, picnic areas and parking.
Anna Ruby Falls
Although there are many waterfalls nearby,
Anna Ruby Falls is perhaps the most visitorfriendly,
accessed by a paved trail. It’s named for
Anna Ruby Nichols and is actually made up of
Valhalla Resort Hotel
The Valhalla Resort Hotel is Helen’s most
luxurious stay with a roof top bar, in-house spa,
golf facilities and world-class dining.
The pet-friendly Biscuit Inn is only four miles
north of town and has dog-themed rooms with
bone-shaped dog beds, dog bowls and gourmet
dog biscuits. Human guests have fridges,
microwaves and televisions in their rooms.
Hofer’s of Helen
The baked goods and deli sandwiches at awardwinning
Hofer’s of Helen Bakery and Cafe make
it a favorite in town for taking to-go before a hike
or staying to savor.
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival
The oldest balloon event in the region, Helen
to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival, is part
race and part showcase of the colorful balloons
Famous as the home of the Georgia’s highest
peak, Brasstown Bald, Hiawassee is full of
gorgeous mountain scenery and recreation
Set in the Appalachian Mountains, the town of
Hiawassee was originally inhabited by Cherokee
tribes. It is located near the Appalachian and
Southern Highroads trails. Lake Chatuge is
another beloved landmark with countless
Lake Chatuge is a TVA lake with more than 100
miles of shoreline.
The 18-acre Bell Mountain Park and Historical
Site became a public park in 2016 and is a
popular destination for 360-degree views of the
surrounding area from 3,000 feet above sea level.
Wander the paths at Hamilton Gardens at Lake
Chatuge, a sprawling botanical garden with more
than 3,000 plants.
The Ridges Resort & Marina
Enjoy comfortable accommodations along with
activities like horseback riding, boating, fishing
and swimming. The resort has a marina with
boat rentals, a fire pit, walking paths and sporting
Lake Chatuge Lodge
Set on the namesake lake, Lake Chatuge Lodge
is a modern hotel with more than 100 guest
rooms and conference rooms.
McLain’s on Main
Get your morning boost at McLain’s on Main,
a cozy cafe and coffee shop that serves pastries
as well as homemade soups, salads and
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is a nine-day
event in October featuring arts and crafts vendors,
demonstrations, musical performances, and the
state fiddlers’ convention.
Hike to waterfalls, brave the suspension bridge,
take a kayak tour and many more insider tips for
visiting Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls,
Two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep,
Tallulah Gorge is one of the most dramatic
canyons in the eastern United States. A
suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the
rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of
Hiking in Tallula Gorge State Park
More than 20 miles of trails range from easy
to heart-pumping, leading to rim overlooks,
waterfalls, Tallulah Lake and a suspension bridge
swaying 80 feet above the river below.
Five spectacular waterfalls cascade through
Tallulah Gorge: L’Eau d’Or, Tempesta, Hurricane,
Oceana and Bridal Veil (Sliding Rock). All but
Bridal Veil are visible from rim overlooks.
Camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Campers can stay inside the park, choosing
from 50 sites with electric and water hookups,
plus hot showers.
Camping and Cabins at Black Rock Mountain
Just north on Hwy. 441 in Clayton is Black Rock
Mountain State Park with mountaintop cabins
Louie’s on the Lake
Pizza, pasta & subs are the focus of this veteran
restaurant with a porch & cozy, cabinlike vibe.
Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant
Delicious southern cuisine.
Knowledgeable park rangers offer guided hikes,
paddling tours, astronomy nights, Junior Ranger
camps, Women’s Wilderness Weekends, holiday
celebrations and numerous other programs
throughout the year.