5 Reasons To Visit The North Georgia Mountains In August

Are you ready for summer to be over? If not, then you still have time for one last trip before winter sets in. Now is the ideal time to gather up your family and head off to Helen, GA. Although there are many reasons to visit Helen in August, here are just a few that are certain to satisfy the whole family. Visit the North Georgia Mountains in August!

Going on a hike in the surrounding region of Helen offers beautiful scenic views, visits to historical mining sites and trails that go on for miles. One of these trails is the Appalachian Trail which can be accessed near Amicalola Falls. This trail continues on for over 2000 miles and travels through 14 different states. Of course, if you are not up to this challenge you can still travel a portion of it or make your way to another scenic trail nearby. Anna Ruby Falls and Dukes Creek Falls both offer easy trails with stunning waterfall views. If you prefer a more challenging hike you can also take the 5 mile trail at Raven Cliffs Falls.

There are many excellent fishing holes in and around Helen. Whether you are looking to catch trout, catfish, bluegill or crappie there is a place for you. Smith Lake located in Unicoi State Park offers 44 acres of water with a large variety of fish in abundance. For river fishing, the Chattahoochee River is a gold mine for trout. Not only is the river quick to get to, but you can also fish with little restrictions there, which makes it a top choice among fishermen. You can also jump over to Duke’s Creek where you can catch wild brown and rainbow trout.

Water Parks

If you visit Helen with children or want to be a kid yourself, swing by the Helen Tubing and Waterpark where you can have hours of fun. At the park there is a 1000 foot lazy river for tubers and four water slides, including the largest one in Helen. After taking the plunge off the slide, you can dry off as you climb the 25 foot rock wall or get a tattoo, an airbrushed one that is. The park is open until the beginning of September, so get there before then to have lots of fun in the sun.

cabin rentals in helen gaHorse Back Riding 
For horse lovers and riders there are several horse stables in and around Helen. On a guided tour suitable for your experience level, you can see the beautiful Appalachian mountains from a unique and fun perspective. Ride along the river and through the forest while you enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. You can even learn some cowboy skills at Blanche Manor where you can partake in cattle roping, barrel racing and a horse obstacle course.

Make the most out of your summer by going tubing on the beautiful, calm waters of the Chattahoochee River. You can bring your own tube and gear or just check in at the Cool River Tubing Company where you can get everything you need. This includes the tube, life preserver and even a shuttle service. They offer trips ranging from 1 hour to 2.5 hours, depending on your preference. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water shoes and a “push pole” so you can fully enjoy this memorable adventure.

August is here and the cold will soon be on its way, so head to Helen for one more trip before the summer is over. Enjoy basking in the beauty of the northern Georgia mountains and partaking in the many activities the area has to offer. Have you been to Helen before?  Leave us a comment and tell us about some of the fun things you did in Helen.

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