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Hungry for Adventure in Alpine Helen

Tucked into the North Georgia mountains, a unique destination blends Appalachian adventure with a Bavarian spirit. Alpine Helen answers the call of explorers hungry for thrills with exhilarating outdoor experiences, unique lodging, and sensational dining.


Where to Stay & Play

Barrel cabin photo courtesy Unicoi State Park
Unicoi State Park's Adventure Lodge features a variety of unique overnight accommodations, ranging from lakeside barrel cabins to lodge rooms, full-service RV hookups, and primitive camping. This mountain getaway features a fantastic on-site dining experience and hosts a multitude of adventurous outdoor activities. Fill the day with zip lines, fly fishing or archery school, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. 
Mountain Bike Trails at Unicoi State Park. Photo by Candy Cook.
Woody's MTB covers all cyclist necessities from sales and repair to rental and shuttling. With more than 60 miles of bike trails to choose from, Woody specializes in outfitting riders with the perfect bikes and trails for their skill levels. While experienced riders tackle Unicoi State Park's challenging trail for the Muddy Spokes Club, Woody shuttles families to natural sightseeing trails along the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. 
Enjoy amazing scenic views from some of Georgia’s Most beloved waters.
A family-friendly journey winding along the crystal clear Chattahoochee River, Cool River Tubing outfits everyone with a jumbo tube for a float downstream. The scenic trips showcase the beauty of Helen as tubers drift through the shady forest toward the middle of town!
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An exhilarating mix of outdoor fun, Nacoochee Outdoor Adventures includes sightseeing ATV tours, a half-mile zip line, and the hair-raising freefall on a giant swing. Friendly guides take care of everything so adventurers can focus on having a blast! Canopy tours include a full-body harness and a specialized braking system that encourage riders to let go and truly savor the experience of flying wild through the trees. 

Where to Eat

Established in 2009, Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria serves up delicious craft-style pizza made in a friendly neighborhood tavern atmosphere. An authentic small-town dining experience, Nacoochee Village Tavern uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers markets, as well as wines made and grown in North Georgia.
Known for having the best Reuben around and a beautiful view of Chattahoochee River, Cafe International is second to none when it comes to great food and Southern hospitality. Generous portions of perfectly seasoned dishes might make it a challenge, but save room for the delightful desserts. 
A lively sports bar environment with an eclectic menu and daily specials, Big Daddy's offers heaping helpings of fan favorites like burgers, fish tacos, wings and fried green tomatoes. Sports networks play on 10 big screen TVs, and live music fills the air on weekend evenings. Bigg Daddy's large open-air dining porch is also dog-friendly! 
Yonah Burger? Everybody does! This mouth-watering menu features an affordable assortment of classic American fare for hungry adventurers exploring North Georgia. Whether stopping in for a country breakfast, Southern fried catfish or a variety of burger combos, expect fresh food and fast, friendly service! 
Candy Cook is Georgia's official Outdoor Explorer. Find more of her outdoor trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org.
Published: June 2016