Georgia is full of natural beauty and wonders. As you travel through the north Georgia mountains you can step into picturesque places that will take your breath away. Here are just a few of the magnificent natural wonders that are awaiting you in the north Georgia mountains near Helen.
Tallulah Falls and Gorge
Located in Tallulah Gorge State Park and only 30 miles from Helen, this park offers brilliant views and lots of activities for visitors. With it's Native American name, Tallulah has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years. Back in the early 1900s as the city of Atlanta was expanding, Georgia Power took interest in this waterfall and completed a dam to conserve it's power in 1913. Although this changed the purpose of the falls, the beauty was preserved.
There are five waterfalls that make up this beauty; Ladore, Tempesta, Hurricane, Oceana and Bridal Veil. To see the splendor of these falls there a few options. You can hike the rim trails to reach various overlooks along the way or for the brave there is a suspension bridge which sways 80 feet above the surface of the gorge. There is also a paved trail for those who prefer a more gentle stroll of the area.
If you are seeking adventure show up early and get a Gorge Floor Access permit. There are only 100 issued per day and they are given on a first come first serve basis, prior to 3pm. This strenuous trek will take you down 531 stairs to the gorge floor where you can cross the river, climb the boulders or go for a swim. To see the beauty of Tallulah Gorge State Park, there is a small $4 daily fee or camp out in a tent or RV for only $10 or $12 respectively.
When you head to Amicalola Falls get ready to be captivated, as it is the highest waterfall in Georgia. This stunning waterfall cascades down for 729 feet. It's name Amicalola Falls describes it best, which in Cherokee means "tumbling waters".
This amazing natural wonder is located in the north Georgia mountains only 45 miles west of Helen. There are a few ways to see this waterfall. For anyone with physical limitations there is a beautiful spot located on the trail below that offers magnificent views. This area is also wheelchair accessible.
For a closer look and a bit more exertion, you can make your way up 604 stairs to reach the overlook at the top of the waterfall. This is also a great choice for those looking to get an extra punch on their Canyon Climber's Club Card. Along the way, you can rest and take photos at the first landing located at the 175 stair marker. Either way you choose to view this magnificent waterfall, you will be glad you did.
Stone Mountain, although not technically in the north Georgia mountains, is one of the most popular natural wonders in Georgia. Stone Mountain is located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, only 1.5 hours from Helen. This mountain is the world's largest exposed mass of granite and is full of history. The mountain was first used as a ceremonial place for Native Americans, namely the Cherokees. This was before the signing of the 1821 Treaty of Indian Springs when Stone Mountain became a settlement for European Americans. Then, in the 1850s as the mountain became more well known, it transformed into a tourist resort.
Today, the mountain welcomes millions of visitors each year and an entire adventure park has been built around it. It hosts the Geyser Tower, the Skyhike, the Summit Skyride and a scenic railroad. You can enjoy all of this plus much more for a daily pass fee of $28 for adults and $22 for children.
If you prefer, you can escape the crowds and pay only the $10 parking fee. This gives you access to numerous hiking trails around the mountain which are excellent for both the beginner and experienced hiker. For this small fee, your children can also enjoy the playground, picnic areas, Quarry Exhibit and the Education Center. If you stay into the evening hours you can also see the brilliant display of the Lasershow Spectacular.
Whether you choose to see one of these natural wonders or all of them, you will be glad you made the trip. Pack up your family and head into the north Georgia mountains for picturesque views and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Have you witnessed the beauty of any of Georgia's natural wonders before? Let us know your favorite spots in the comments below.
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