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Helen is a "Bavarian-Alpine" village nestled on the Chattahoochee River in White County, northeast Georgia. Tourism is the main industry of the town, which has full time population of about 450. Helen was formerly a logging town that was in serious decline when it reinvented itself as a replica of a classic German-style town in the Alps. The only difference is this is the Appalachians - not the Alps. All buildings in town represents the classic south-German Bavarian Alpine style, and cobblestone streets and alleys complete the look. Helen caters to the tourists with many events and festivals, shops and restaurants. An Oktoberfest is held during September, October and November, which is the longest such festival in the south. It's also one of the most beautiful times to visit, when autumn leaves typically peak. An annual hot-air balloon race is held the first weekend in June in Helen and other events include Bavarian Nights of Summer, Winefest and Volksmarch. Recreation in the area includes fishing, tubing, hiking, camping, golf and more. Nearby attractions include spectacular Anna Ruby Falls, which is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The winter holidays is another great time to visit Helen, when lights twinkle in all the shops and a huge Christmas tree is decorated in the town square. Helen is a colorful, unique place to visit anytime of the year, whether for a family getaway or a romantic retreat.

Surrounding areas: Clarkesville, Georgia (13.3 mi), Lake Burton, Georgia (13.5 mi), Lake Rabun, Georgia (16.1 mi), Suches, Georgia (16.5 mi), Hiawassee, Georgia (17.2 mi), Young Harris, Georgia (17.3 mi), Cornelia, Georgia (17.5 mi)

Helen Vacation Rentals

Helen Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Alpine Helen8220 S Main StHelen, GA (706) 878-2111
Chattahoochee Ridge LodgeHelen, GA (706) 878-3144
Comfort Inn HelenEdelweiss DrHelen, GA (706) 878-8000
Country Inn And Suites By Carlson877 Edelweiss StrasseHelen, GA (706) 878-9000
Days Inn Helen8288 S Main StHelen, GA (706) 878-4079
Econo Lodge Helen749 Bruken Strase StHelen, GA (706) 878-2141
Econo Lodge749 Brukenstasse StHelen, GA (706) 878-2141
Hampton Inn - Helen On The River147 Unicoi StHelen, GA (706) 878-3310
Heidi Motel Helen8820 North Main StHelen, GA (706) 878-2689
Helendorf Aso33 MunichstrasseHelen, GA (706) 878-2271
Hofbrauhaus Inn1 Main StHelen, GA (706) 878-2248
Holiday Inn Express8171 Hwy 75 NHelen, GA (706) 878-8888
Ramada Limited11 Edelweiss StHelen, GA (706) 878-1451
Super 8 Motel-helen8396 S Main StHelen, GA (706) 878-2191
Unicoi State Park And Lodge1788 Hwy 356Helen, GA (706) 878-2201
Days Inn ClevelandHwy 129Cleveland, GA7.5 mi.(706) 865-4079
Comfort Inn2965 J Warren RdCornelia, GA15.6 mi.(706) 778-9573
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA17.2 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA17.2 mi.(706) 896-5253
Comfort Inn CorneliaRt #2 B9Cornelia, GA17.5 mi.(706) 778-9273
Hampton Inn161 Market Corners DrCornelia, GA17.5 mi.(706) 778-0040
Holiday Inn Express1105 Business Hwy 441Cornelia, GA17.5 mi.(706) 778-3600
Seasons InnBox 10 On The SQBlairsville, GA17.6 mi.(706) 745-1631
Holiday Inn Express333 Fisher StBlairsville, GA17.8 mi.(706) 745-6844
Appletree Inn Cornelia809 South Main StCornelia, GA17.9 mi.(706) 778-7678
Travel Inn1573 Willingham AveBaldwin, GA18.1 mi.(706) 778-2186
Days Inn Dahlonega1065 Chestatee StDahlonega, GA18.6 mi.(706) 864-2338
Holiday Inn Express835 S Chestatee StDahlonega, GA18.6 mi.(706) 867-7777
Howard Johnson Dahlonega1010 MTN DrDahlonega, GA18.6 mi.(706) 864-4343
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA22.4 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA22.4 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA22.4 mi.(706) 782-2214
Country Hearth Inn Toccoa302 W Savannah StToccoa, GA24.1 mi.(706) 297-7799
Shoney's Inn Toccoa350 Stephen CirToccoa, GA25.5 mi.(706) 886-1048
Days Inn-toccoa1101 S Big A RdToccoa, GA26.4 mi.(706) 886-9461
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA26.9 mi.(706) 746-5321
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA27.8 mi.(706) 746-3383
Suburban Lodge Of Gainesville1115 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA27.9 mi.(800) 951-7829
Best Western Gainesville400 Ee Butler PkwyGainesville, GA28.3 mi.(800) 782-8966
Super 8541 Doresey StGainesville, GA28.4 mi.(770) 533-9009

Helen Weather & Climate

Northeastern Georgia has a four-season climate that is warm during summer (temperatures tend to be in the 70's) and cool during winter ( temperatures in the 40's.) The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 86.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate. The annual average precipitation in this area is 60 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is March.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 27°F 7.11 in. -
February 53°F 28°F 6.42 in. -
March 61°F 35°F 7.60 in. -
April 69°F 42°F 5.28 in. -
May 76°F 51°F 6.55 in. -
June 82°F 60°F 4.93 in. -
July 85°F 64°F 5.59 in. -
August 84°F 63°F 5.29 in. -
September 79°F 58°F 5.52 in. -
October 70°F 45°F 4.31 in. -
November 60°F 37°F 6.08 in. -
December 51°F 30°F 6.23 in. -

Helen Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Winder Barrow airport (WDR) located about 49 miles south of Helen in Winder, Georgia, Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located approximately 51 miles southwest of Helen in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Athens Ben Epps airport (AHN) located roughly 56 miles south of Helen in Athens, Georgia, the Dekalb Peachtree airport (PDK) located around 65 miles southwest of Helen in Atlanta, Georgia, and finally the Cartersville airport (VPC) located about 75 miles southwest of Helen in Cartersville, Georgia.

Helen Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC58.4 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC58.4 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA66.6 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC66.8 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA69.7 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN75.8 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN75.8 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA75.8 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA80.2 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN81.2 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA40.0 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA69.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Innsbruck Golf ClubHelenGA 
College Park Municipal Golf CourseCollege ParkGA12.2 mi.
Skitt Mountain Golf CourseClevelandGA13.3 mi.
Apple Mountain ResortClarkesvilleGA13.6 mi.
Piedmont Golf ClubDemorestGA14.6 mi.
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA17.6 mi.
Nicklaus Golf Club At Birch RiverDahlonegaGA18.4 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA22.1 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC24.4 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC24.4 mi.
Pines Municipal Golf CourseToccoaGA24.6 mi.
Chattahoochee Golf ClubGainesvilleGA25.1 mi.
Chicopee Woods Golf CourseGainesvilleGA28.9 mi.
Chestatee Golf ClubDawsonvilleGA29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC31.8 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC66.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC102.4 mi.
State Parks
Unicoi State ParkGA1.4 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA10.3 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA12.9 mi. 
Chatuge State ParkGA18.4 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA22.8 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA30.5 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC37.5 mi. 
Compulsory ArtsAthensGA55.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Georgia Museum of Natural HistoryAthensGA55.0 mi.(Science)
Georgia Museum of ArtAthensGA55.0 mi.(Art)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC59.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA75.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC76.6 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN87.7 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC91.0 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN92.6 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN92.6 mi.

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