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Top 15 things to do in Helen

1. Anna Ruby Falls

Formed from two separate streams merging into the twin waterfall, Anna Ruby Falls provides hikers with a quiet respite in the center of a national forest. The falls are accessible via a 0.8 km (0.5 mi) paved trail from the parking lot and features benches along the way. Winding along Smith Creek, the trail gives information on the local environment; you can admire the waters merging into Smith Creek from the viewing point. The Lion's Eye trail is a specially designed route for the visually impaired, providing handrails and braille signs. Head to the visitor center for tickets. A gift shop sells local crafts and paintings next door. Remember to pack good walking shoes, as the paths can be slippery and wet.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Unicoi State Park

Hike, bike, swim, fish, and camp among the verdant mountains of Unicoi State Park. Full of fresh mountain water and boasting a clean swimming beach, Unicoi Lake represents the main attraction of the the 4,067 hectare, (1,050 acre) park. Rent a canoe or paddle boat from one of the shops along the lake and take it out on the water. Choose from 19 km (12 mi) of easy to strenuous hiking trails that lead to Anna Ruby Falls and satisfy your hunger afterward with fresh trout in the park's restaurant. If you visit outside of winter, don't forget your bug spray.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour

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Recommended: Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and discover why it’s the most visited National Park in the country! Tour these famous mountains while learning about Cherokee history and legends, Appalachian life, and much more. There’s no better way to see Clingman’s Dome, Cades Cove, or Rainbow Falls. Plus, enjoy a free bonus tour of Roaring Forks Motor Trail!Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience.No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check opening hours before your visit.
Suggested duration: 2 to 3 hours
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5. Dukes Creek Falls Trail

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. River Rafting & Tubing

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

At an elevation of 2,025 m (6,643 ft or 1.25 mi), Clingmans Dome is both the tallest mountain of the Great Smokies and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail. Park your car near the summit and embark on 0.8 km (0.5 mi) walk to the observation tower atop the mountain. Note that while the trail is short and paved, it is very steep. Benches along the way provide a place to rest and catch your breath. The tower's observation platform provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, and handy signs help you identify points of interest. Bring a jacket with you; cold temperatures and rain are common here.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove Self-Driving Bundle Tours

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Purchase only one tour per vehicle, not per person. Everyone listens together!Get the full Smoky Mountain experience with this ultimate bundle tour! Explore these picturesque mountains, uncover the rich history of the Cherokee and early settlers, and find out why this is the most-visited national park in the entire country. You’ll discover beautiful overlooks, hiking trails, and waterfalls on one tour, then dive into the pioneer and Civil War history of Cades Cove with the next! If you don’t want to miss a thing, this is the deal for you.Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the designated starting location to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!This isn't an entrance ticket. Check opening hours before your visit.
Suggested duration: 4 to 5 hours
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9. Raven Cliff Falls

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Helen Arts & Heritage Center

Welcome to Helen Arts & Heritage Center, a local non-profit art gallery, pottery studio, history museum and art educational facility, located in the Alpine Bavarian Village of Helen, Georgia, tucked away in the far northeast mountainous region of our great state. The center is responsible for serving area artists and others through art educational programs, annual gallery exhibits and competitions, marketing, publicity and stands as a pillar of the community in cultural outreach. The gallery serves many area artists through its sale of art and is in itself, a base location for artists desiring a quiet and relaxed place to master their skills and share interests and ideas with fellow working artisans.

The History & Heritage Museum is housed within the Arts Center and serves not only locals, but visitors from all over the world. The local history is rich and embedded deep here and it is our goal, as an organization whose membership consists of authorized historians, to do everything possible to carefully preserve the historic heritage and keep alive the valued past for our future generations.

In 2007, a handful of determined local area women had an idea that eventually turned into a reality. Their vision was of a place for artists to come together, share creative talents with each other and a place to display and sell their art; but more importantly, a place of fellowship among women, a "common ground" where they all shared an interest. After only a few frantic weeks of planning, much hard work and brainstorming, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center was born.

The Arts Center is now a growing community cultural outreach and support system for area artists, equipped with a working pottery studio where potters can create their wares from raw clay to finished glazed product. Located above the pottery studio is the Painter's Guild Loft where painters gather each week to paint and share their talents and skill, while inspiring others in the process. The center's gallery is home to a remarkable display of art in a wide range of media from some incredibly talented artists. The organization is base to a membership of over 200 and growing; many of whom are talented, experienced artists frequently utilizing the facility to share and teach various artistic techniques. An assortment of art classes are held at the center throughout the year in various media interests.

Overall, we are a group of hard working volunteers from a vast range of backgrounds who have now come together as one. We 'have' families and we 'are' family. Some of us are artists and some are not. Some just want to be involved in the organization because they believe in what we represent. When there is a need, we step up to the plate to help, because we care about our community and its people. We are a strong group of caring, unselfish and giving people whose hope and belief is that we shall forever impact the arts and the lives of others in a favorable manner by encouraging, supporting and inspiring.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Habersham Vineyards & Winery

Habersham Winery has been producing award winning Georgia wines since 1983 and is one of Georgia's oldest and largest wineries.

Located one half-mile from Alpine Helen in the Nacoochee Village. Open daily for tastings!
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Audio Driving Tour

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Don't miss a thing as GyPSy Guide's Great Smoky Mountains Audio Driving Tour takes you on an incredible journey through the most visited US national park.Along the way you'll be guided to all of the park's famous highlights as well as lessor known gems including the lowest drivable pass, historic Cades Cove buildings and the park's highest point.Download discover more on your Smokies road trip with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, local tips and directions that plays automatically along the drive. With GyPSy Guide you have the freedom to explore offline at your own pace so you can spend more time at places that interest you, bypass any that don’t.✅ Stories, tips and directions play automatically based on your location✅ Travel at your own pace✅ Tours work offline using GPS, no cell service or WiFi needed✅ Suggested itineraries & tips for half, full or multi day use✅ No time limits or expiry, free updates✅ Like having a tour guide along for the drive
Suggested duration: 8 to 24 hours
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13. Unicoi Hill Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nestled among Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove offers opportunities to explore historical areas and untamed wilderness. Drive the 17.7 km (11 mi), one-way road circling the lush valley at an easy pace. Stop to view the mills, churches, barns, and houses dating as far back as 1818, when the first European settlers arrived in the cove. Keep an eye out for the region's resident deer, wild turkeys, and black bears. At the visitor center, pick up an informational booklet, available for a small fee, so you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the area.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. VIP Southern Tours, Sautee Nacoochee

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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