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Old 05-01-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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Routes into Helen, GA

One of my neighbors visited Helen, GA last year and tells me it is a neat little place to visit. So the DW and I might stop over there for a few days on the way to our next trip to Myrtle Beach.

Anyone familiar with Rt. 17 from I-85 into Helen? On the map it looks a bit curvy but in those north Georgia mountains, not sure there is a better way in.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:19 AM   #2
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That should not be a problem at all. The roads in GA (state and US routes) tend to be very good. We have friends with a 40' DP who live just NW of there in Blairsville. Make sure you visit Tallulah Gorge SP while your there.

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It's a nice drive, about 45 minutes once you get off of I85. Most of the campgrounds are on the other side of Helen if you plan to stay there. Helen is a nice day trip from the Clayton or Hiawassee area as well if you chose to camp in those areas.
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We just returned from a trip to that area. We stayed at Vogel State Park. It is a beautiful place. I can't wait to go back. The highway into the park from the south (I think it was 19) was steep and curvy. Not a problem, but it was slow going in places. We took a day trip into Blairsville, and into North Carolina and found the roads to be very good and easily accessible to a MH towing a dolly. Good Barbeque too.

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It's a nice drive, about 45 minutes once you get off of I85. Most of the campgrounds are on the other side of Helen if you plan to stay there. Helen is a nice day trip from the Clayton or Hiawassee area as well if you chose to camp in those areas.
Thanks. As a matter-of-fact, we stayed in Hiawassee last June to attend a concert at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. However, we drove down from NC. At the time I did not know we were that close to Helen. In fact, had never heard of Helen, GA until my neighbor told us about it recently.
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It's a cool little Bavarian wannabe town. I live right next door in Clayton, Ga
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I've been to Helen back myself, the roads are pretty good, you shouldn't have any problems.
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As everyone else has said it is a fairly easy drive. I live an hour from there and visit often. I take my 40ft DP and Jeep Wrangler toad there without giving it a second thought.

I really like UNICOI state park which has a handfull of full hookup sites but the book up fast.
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As everyone else has said it is a fairly easy drive. I live an hour from there and visit often. I take my 40ft DP and Jeep Wrangler toad there without giving it a second thought.

I really like UNICOI state park which has a handfull of full hookup sites but the book up fast.
We would not be going until well after Labor Day, probably late Sept, early Oct. Do you think advance reservations would be required during that time?
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I would take US 129 to Cleveland and then 75 into Helen. We have taken that route many times with the motor home towing a suv.
Check out Enota RV Campground off 75 between Helen and Hiawassee on hi-way 180 Spur. We used to back the motor home into a site and almost hang over a stream. We would sleep with the windows open in October and listen to the water rolling over the rocks. Enota - North Georgia Retreat Center - Cabins, RV Sites, Spa, Wellness Center Helen, Hiawassee Also check out Creek Wood Resort. Rental Cabins Helen, Ga, Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rentals | North Georgia RV Campgrounds This CG is about 6 miles up 76 from Helen. Both CGs are small. Aint Bee's Restaurant is across the street from Creek Wood and it is great yet small.
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We would not be going until well after Labor Day, probably late Sept, early Oct. Do you think advance reservations would be required during that time?

That is the busiest time of the year as Helen celebrates Oktoberfest. It's a really fun time to be there but it will be absolutely packed. If you don't like crowds I highly recommend going in early September. From looking at the Chamber of Commerce calendar it looks like the events start September 13th. If you do like crowds, listening to Oompa music and doing the chicken dance then it is definitely worth going for.

If you prefer a private campground I have stayed at Creekwood
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That is the busiest time of the year as Helen celebrates Oktoberfest. It's a really fun time to be there but it will be absolutely packed. If you don't like crowds I highly recommend going in early September. From looking at the Chamber of Commerce calendar it looks like the events start September 13th. If you do like crowds, listening to Oompa music and doing the chicken dance then it is definitely worth going for.

If you prefer a private campground I have stayed at Creekwood
Thanks for the tip. Prefer to avoid crowds. I had checked out Creekwood and that was my choice.
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The owners are very nice and run a tight ship. A friend of mine and his family camped there a few weeks ago and agreed that it a great place to stay.
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Drive on up to Hiawassee (from Clayton) and day trip to Helen. That time of year will be almost gridlock on the one hiway going through Helen. Long crooked pull up 129 to Blairsville over Blood Mountain on the north section from Cleveland.
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