Area Attractions & Restaurants
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
Cabbage Patch Kid’s Babyland
300 N.O.K. Drive
Cleveland, Georgia 30528
Pack the ‘Kids™ up for a trip to the new BabyLand General® Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia, voted one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands. Beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this Southern Style home filled with Cabbage Patch Kids will capture the imagination of your entire family.
Historic Hardman Farm
143 Highway 17
P.O. Box 190
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Travel through centuries of culture at Hardman Farm State Historic Site along the iconic Unicoi Turnpike, once a Native American trail, passing through a historic farm landscape and linking Georgia’s earliest inhabitants with the enduring legacy of the Nichols and Hardman families’ and their Nineteenth Century Italianate mansion.
Brasstown Bald, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, is a great place to visit and bring your family! The mountain offers spectacular views, cool mountain air temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a visitor center with a number of interactive exhibits and video presentations.
2180 Hwy. 17
Sautee, GA 30571
Chattahoochee Stables is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains covering over 150 acres in the historic Sautee Nacoochee Valley. We have been in operation as a horseback riding facility since 1987 so we have plenty of experience riding the trails. While visiting the Helen area, Chattahoochee Stables is here to make your visit a memorable and unique experience. We want you to venture outdoors and take in all that nature has to offer while atop one of our wonderful quarter horses. The view doesn't get much better than that.
These beautiful falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest and are readily accessible for the price a few dollars and a little bit of hiking. The water cascading over the drop offs is created by two creeks. The Curtis Creek falls drop 153 feet and the York Creek falls are a much shorter but still spectacular 50 feet. The water at the bottom of the falls is then considered to be part of Smith Creek which flows into and forms Smith Lake - the centerpiece of Unicoi State Park.
Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Museum
283 Highway 255 North
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia 30571
Creativity is alive and well in the North Georgia Mountains. For 35 years, the historic Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys have been home to a vital institution which has nurtured and supported the local community in many ways. The Sautee Nacoochee Center is the face of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association and offers its programs not only in support of the creative arts but to bind the north Georgia community together in friendship and understanding.
Smithgall Woods Conservation Center
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
Come fish in crystal clear trout streams of the Dukes Creek Watershed, or hike through wildflower covered trails on the Blue Ridge Escarpment at Smithgall Woods State Park, a masterpiece of nature, reclaimed and rejuvenated from land transformed by hydraulic gold mining in the nineteenth century, and the enduring legacy of its donor Charles Smithgall.
Chattahoochee River Tubing
Shoot the Hooch (Azalea Park)
203 Azalea Drive
Roswell, GA 30075
Shoot the Hooch offers raft, canoe, kayak, tube and stand up paddle boards for rent. We are the only outfitters with headquarters located on the Chattahoochee River at Azalea Park, 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell, GA 30075, just minutes away from all Atlanta metropolitan destinations. Our concession stand offers hot dogs, ice cream, snacks and beverages.
1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545
The Unicoi Restaurant, located at the Lodge, has earned a reputation as the place to go for fresh local mountain trout and specialty themed buffets. The menu at the Unicoi Restaurant features classic Southern and American cuisine, which takes advantage of fresh, locally produced ingredients. Tall ceilings and a large stone fireplace provide a comfortable environment to enjoy tantalizing culinary delights, sweet tea and fresh vegetables finished off with fresh brewed Georgia Mountain Coffee and a slice of something sweet. View our weekly menu and calendar for hours of operation.
Smith Creek Tavern
1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545
Smith Creek Tavern is named for the mountain stream that runs through Unicoi State Park, connecting the breathtaking Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi Lake, also known as Smith Lake. The creek is a popular fishing spot for anglers as it is frequently teeming with trout. Smith Creek Tavern seamlessly integrates an upscale, modern, yet natural dining room and full size bar with an entertainment area that includes plenty of space for live music, pool and shuffleboard along with five 65″ televisions.
Indulge in regional favorites such as southern fried trout and an authentic German platter, paying homage to nearby Helen’s Bavarian heritage. We also serve flights of local and regional craft beer, as well as Georgia’s very own distilled liquors.