Mountains Near Helen: Your Guide To The High Points of  North Georgia

Posted by Tom Telford on Fri, Jan 20, 2012

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Enveloping yourself in a gorgeous mountain range can provide you with relaxation and the beauty of the natural outdoors. Most mountains in Georgia are just a short distance away from the Helen area. Taking some time out from our busy schedules to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lookout Mountain or the Great Smokey Mountains is a stress-relieving and invigorating option for a getaway.

The Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are approximately 90 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia and includes 106,000 acres of beauty in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Georgia cabins and houses are available for rent. Reservations can also be made at one of many bed and breakfasts or hotels in the area. During the day the Blue Ridge Mountains have many scenic spots available for hiking, horseback riding or fishing within the National Forest. The Blue Ridge Mountains are known for being the Trout Fishing Capital of the State of Georgia. You can also whitewater raft on the Ocoee River and pick berries when they are in season at the Mercier Family Orchard. If the weather isn't picture perfect you can venture into the towns within the Blue Ridge Mountains such as McCaysville and Blue Ridge. A number of art galleries are located in Blue Ridge along with shops and antique malls. The small town atmosphere of Blue Ridge makes this experience not one to forget.

Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain is located in small Walker County and features beautiful attractions such as Rock City which features massive rock formations and gardens. The Enchanted Trails provides a gorgeous hiking experience. Ruby Falls is the United State's highest underground waterfall and includes the Lookout Mountain Tower. Walker County's population hovers just under approximately 2,000 people making it a quaint source of relaxation. St John's restaurant is Walker County's most acclaimed dining location and provides American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are known for their diverse plant and animal life as well as the beauty of the mountains that are within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America's most visited national park. Aside from its 800 miles of hiking trails, camping and fishing are also popular activities. With about 1,500 bears living in The Great Smoky Mountains there is plenty to see and enjoy alone or as part of a guided tour. You can enjoy southern country cooking at one of the many restaurants that are located in this region including J. Arthur's which is boasted as being the best restaurant in the area, featuring a small but select menu of fresh fish and prime rib.

Must See Mountains

Mountains sometimes represent obstacles we have to conquer.  Mountains can also represent the pinnacle of success. Revered by poets and artists for their part in nature's panorama andby outdoor enthusiasts ready to tackle a challenge the North Georgia Mountains represent the spirit of adventure to every man and woman seeking escape from the chaos of modern society.

Where did those mountains come from?

Like most mountain  ranges the mountains in Georgia are a result of mountain building processes that occurred five-hundred million years ago. Processes that include rock-folding, faulting and upward thrusting and a collision between the North American and African continents through plate tectonics.  The Appalachian Mountain Range extends from the island of Newfoundland down through most of the Northeast states and passes through North Georgia to Central Alabama. It is subdivided into several mountain ranges including the Blue Ridge chain that extends from Pennsylvania to Georgia.  The Cherokee living in the mountains in Georgia called them Sah-ka-na-ga or the "Great Blue Hills of God".  Large portions of the North Georgia Mountains are preserved in the area of the Chattahoochee National Forest.  The Blue Ridge is the states highest mountain range. Other mountains in Georgia include the Cohuttas, the Unakas and the Cumberland Plateau and are separated from the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Hightower Jasper Ridges and the McCaysville Basin.

Stone Mountain has the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world.

Stone Mountain was formed three hundred and fifty million years ago by violent geological folding.  With an elevation of 1,683 feet you can spot Stone Mountain from as far away as Mount Yonah and Kennesaw Mountain.  Four hundred feet up on the mountain's north face is the Confederate Memorial Carving depicting Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J.Stonewall? Jackson with Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  It was completed on March 3, 1972 and is a must-see attraction to Georgia visitors.

Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in the state.

From the top of Brasstown Bald you can see four states! Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  On clear days the three hundred and sixty degree view even distant views of Atlanta. Before the coming of the Europeans the Cherokee carved petroglyphs into three soapstone boulders at what is now the Track Rock Archeological Site.  The archeology and the incredible view from the top of Brasstown Bald make it a must-see of mountains in Georgia.

Lookout Mountain plays an important role in Civil War history.

Lookout Mountain is located on the northwest corner of Georgia at the southernmost part of the Cumberland Plateau.  Touching three states, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, the mountain was the site of the Battle of lookout Mountain on November 24, 1863 when the Union Army defeated Confederate forces and opened a gateway to the South.

So when considering a visit to the Georgia Mountains check out the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lookout Mountain or The Great Smoky Mountains. They will provide you and your family with an unforgettable getaway that not only will provide endless enjoyment and entertainment but also unsurpassed relaxation and rejuvenation.

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