What do you like to do when you're on vacation? Do you go straight to popular tourist attractions or do you prefer to explore the outdoor beauty of the area? Maybe you want to take your kids to fun, family-friendly places or whisk away your loved one to romantic adventures. Whatever your preference, Helen has got it all. Here are 5 special places you might want to see when you visit.
Gaze at Beautiful Waterfalls
Anna Ruby Falls, located deep in the Chattahoochee National Forest, is a gorgeous sight that everybody should see when they vacation in Helen. Two creeks come together over a cliff, one right below the other, to form the breathtaking twin waterfalls. The Curtis Creek rushes over the edge and falls for 153 feet high, while the water of York Creek, left of the Curtis Creek, falls for 50 feet.
You can park your car at the parking lot and walk the easy 0.4-mile trail to the waterfall. However, if you want to conquer a tougher hiking trail, try the Smith Creek Trail. You'll need to visit the Unicoi State Park and then hike the 4.6-mile trail to Anna Ruby Falls.
Bring some money when you visit the twin waterfalls, since it costs $2 per person. Make a day out of it and bring a picnic lunch, a charged battery for your camera, and comfortable shoes.
Explore A Doll Hospital
If you grew up loving the Cabbage Patch Kids, you’ll love the adorable Babyland General Hospital, the birthplace of the famous doll. It’s not just a doll factory, but a little hospital with little doll babies growing in a cabbage field, newborns in a nursery, and a doting staff who give adoption consultations.
You’ll learn about the history of the Cabbage Patch Kids, all the way from their humble beginnings in the Appalachian Mountains. These dolls were created using the quilting skills that were (and still are) part of the culture of the area. Every doll is hand-stitched, so every creation is unique.
After you explore the inside of the hospital, make sure to take the time to take a walk around the outside. The beautiful landscape is meticulously maintained by the creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Xavier Roberts. The 650 acres of land is in the mountains and will be a beautiful sight that you’ll always remember.
Enjoy a Panoramic View of Helen
Have you ever wondered what a bird sees when it flies over mountains? Well, you can find out with a ride in a hot air balloon! Balloons Over Georgia is a hot air balloon company that will take you over spots such as Lake Lanier, Keenesaw Mountain, and more. You’ll also see the Atlanta skyline from far away! If you’re lucky, you’ll have some wildlife sightings, such as deer and hawks.
A hot air balloon ride is sure to be a romantic and enthralling time for a couple. Surprise your loved one with a thrilling ride over the countryside of northern Georgia. It could be a special place to ask a certain special question... or even to get married at.
Tour a Plantation Style Home
Both historical buffs and movie lovers will enjoy visiting Scarlett’s Secret, a two-story museum that is designed like a plantation house during the times of Gone With the Wind. You’ll get to look at many memorabilia that are related to the Civil War and the acclaimed movie. Be sure to stay for homemade tea and desserts and pretend that you’re living in the Civil War era!
From wildlife and the mountains to dolls and war rifles, the sights you'll see during your Helen vacation will stay in your memories for a long time to come! What other sights are you looking forward to seeing for your next stay in Helen?
Get Close to Bears and Reptiles
Many people would be terrified if they encountered a bear or a snake out in the wild, but the Black Forest Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit is a safe way to get close to these fascinating creatures.
The park only takes in bears who have been captured because of their threat to humans or those who performed in circuses. Although the black bear is the most common bear in Georgia, there are many different species to be seen in the park, including the Grizzly bear. Try to visit the park during feeding times and you might get a chance to feed the magnificent beasts.
The reptile exhibit holds many different species of snakes, including both venemous and non-venemous species as well as exotic snakes. A wealth of information is provided educating visitors about both indigenous and non-indigenous species. The bear park and the reptile exhibit are a combination which are sure to make for a fascinating day during your trip!