Experiencing Helen and the Summit of Georgia!

After leaving Tallulah Gorge, we drove a little further southwest to our hotel in Helen, Georgia. Helen is a Bavarian style town with lots of neat shops and restaurants.

Shannon and I had been there several years ago while visiting my brother-in-law’s family. It was pretty much exactly like we remembered it.

picture of helen

We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then treated ourselves to some delicious funnel cake.

Funnel Cake

Apparently, tubing is wildly popular in this area. I guess it is kind of neat to be able to say that you went “way down yonder on the chattahoochee.”

Chatahoochee River

We decided to finish off our day with a round of Putt-Putt at the Alpine Mini Golf course. It was one of the most well put together courses we have ever played. We would highly recommend this place, if putt-putt is your kind of thing.

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Here’s a short video that shows some of the course.

Alpine Mini Golf Video

We woke up the next morning excited to head towards our next destination, as we would be able to stand on the highest point in the state of Georgia: Brasstown Bald!

It was an overcast day and rain was in the forecast for that afternoon. We left early with hopes of beating the showers.

We arrived at the main gate and, after paying a small fee, parked the van and waited for the shuttle. Hiking to the top was also an option. I mean, it would be an option for some people……………but when there is a FREE shuttle available…………..you know, that’s the option we’re going to choose.

Riding the shuttle that day was like riding in the clouds. I guess it wasn’t like riding in the clouds, it was riding in the clouds. Anyways, I was hoping by the time we reached the summit, we would be above the clouds and have the most incredible, undercast view. That didn’t exactly happen.

The clouds/fog were so thick when we first got there, we were not able to see from one side of the observation deck to the other. See if you can find me!!

Me in Fog

At 4,784 feet, you’re not exactly touching the sky, but having the clouds wisping around was a neat experience.

In the Clouds

The visitor center had a neat scavenger hunt for the kids. While they were occupied with finding different animals and discovering facts about the area, the skies partially cleared and we were treated to a beautiful view from the top of Georgia.

Top of the state

If you are in the area, this is also something we would highly recommend.

Next Up – Amicalola Falls State Park then the Georgia Aquarium

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