Helen, GA is host to a variety of activities, such as hiking and whitewater rafting, and is one of the most gorgeous wildernesses on the planet. If you're looking for some attractive places to enjoy some fresh air and relaxation, here are a few of the best of Georgia's Forest & State Parks in the area.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Conveniently located very close to Helen GA, with miles of natural beauty, a great number of visitors are attracted to this park every year. Standing out among the crowd of Georgia's Forest & State Parks, here you will find a number of attractions and amenities:
Anna Ruby Falls -- These falls are a real sight to behold, and the walk to reach them is only about half a mile. Two creeks make up the falls, creating an attractive view like no other.
Smith Lake -- This is the park's real gem. In addition to swimming and fishing, you can visit a small cove where you will find a beach house, picnic tables, and pedal boat and canoe rentals.
Hiking -- Miles of short and long hiking and biking paths can be found in the park, including a seven-mile mountain bike trail. As a bonus, your experience will change with each season.
Picnic Areas --Here, you will find not one, not two, but eight different picnic sites scattered around the park, from above the beach to just off the main road. Reservations can also be made in advance for small family get togethers or large parties.
Camping -- In the northeastern section of the park, you will discover a number of camping opportunities. Whether you have an RV or a simple tent, there's something for everyone.
Also very popular among Georgia's Forest & State Parks, Smithgall is home to a wide variety of attractions and "things to do."
- Trout Fishing -- Intended for pure enjoyment, visitors can partake in a "catch and release" fishing extravaganza; but don't forget your Georgia fishing license.
- Hiking and Bicycling -- Enjoy an amazing 23 miles of trails for hikers and bikers alike.
- Guided Tours -- If you really want to make the most out of your visit, a guided tour is the way to go. You'll not only see the wonderful scenery that the park has to offer, you're bound to learn something, too.
- Picnicking -- Grab your basket, some cold fried chicken, and your favorite potato chips, and languish in the tranquility of the gorgeous state park.
If you're looking for a unique experience while visiting Georgia's Forest & State Parks, look no further than Black Forest Bear Park. In addition to enjoying a number of beautiful views, you can witness and/ or interact with a variety of wildlife in controlled environments.
- Feed the Bears -- The park is home to more than fifteen bears, each with its own enclosure. For a nominal fee, you are allow to feed these beautiful creatures. If feeding them doesn't strike your fancy, then simply watch as they swim and climb trees.
- Snake Exhibit -- For a small fee, you can view a variety of snakes, other reptiles, and tarantulas.