Destination guide

Adventure, culture, and tradition near Helen vacation homes

From outdoor adventures in the hills and waters to cultural experiences at local vineyards and heritage sites, Helen is a diverse, vibrant area that attracts a variety of travelers. Quaint shops, cobblestone streets, and artisan tours give you a taste of Bavaria in small-town Georgia, all against the backdrop of the beautiful countryside. Vacation home rentals put you in easy access to all that this area has to offer.


History and heritage in Helen

Helen is filled with interesting sites and museums that celebrate different aspects of its unique history. Vacation homes are available near such attractions as the Hardman Farm Historic Site, a 19th-century estate with an Italianate mansion, Native American burial mound, and nature trails, and Helen Arts & Heritage Center, an art gallery and history museum within a Bavarian-style building. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, which has displays of traditional pottery from the region, and the Nacoochee Indian Mound, an archaeological site with remnants of the South Appalachian Mississippian culture, are also musts for history buffs.

Things to do

Indoor and outdoor fun surrounding vacation rentals in Helen

Though Helen may have a laid-back vibe to get you in touch with nature, there’s a lot more to this area than just the outdoors. Families are sure to enjoy Helen Tubing & Waterpark, an aquatic fun center with tubing trips down the Chattahoochee River, or the Smithgall Woods State Park, a huge preserve with diverse wildlife, nature trails, and a trout stream for catch-and-release fishing. Dukes Creek offers a moderate hiking trail to a glistening waterfall with stunning views of Mount Yonah, making it a must-see for nature lovers. Charlemagne’s Kingdom, a model railroad with a Germanic theme and miniature villages, is fun for kids and adults alike.


Activities and attractions in Helen

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking and innertubing. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Helen has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Helen Waterpark (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Smithgall Woods State Park (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Dukes Creek Falls Trail (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Yonah Mountain Trailhead (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Serenity Cellars (5 mi / 8.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Helen

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Helen is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Unicoi Hill Park (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Unicoi State Park (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Raven Cliffs Falls (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Anna Ruby Falls (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Anna Ruby Falls (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Vogel State Park (11.8 mi / 19 km)
Getting around

Getting around Helen

Though traveling to and from vacation homes or cabin rentals in Helen can be done with public transportation or rental cars, there are also some unique ways to get around Helen and see the sights with an unforgettable perspective. Horse-drawn carriage rides are a popular way to travel the cobblestone streets, and views of the countryside and forest are spectacular from horseback. You could also get a bird’s-eye view of the city and distant Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains with an exciting hot-air balloon ride.

Food and drink

Best cuisine in Helen

The variety of Helen restaurants gives you a chance to try something new and exciting or indulge in an old favorite with a novel twist. Authentic Bavarian dining is abundant in Helen, offering such staples as schnitzel, sausage, pretzels, craft brews, and much more, but it also has an assortment of other restaurant and eatery options to suit everyone’s taste. From high-end sophistication in formal restaurants to traditional comfort in cozy, casual eateries, Helen restaurants can satisfy your desire for local favorites or cosmopolitan cuisine, all within reach of your summer rental.

Essential info

Key facts for stays in Helen vacation home rentals

Helen has a small population of only 430 residents spanning 2.1 square miles, though crime is higher here than in many other cities. It’s important to exercise caution with your valuables in your car or summer rental and take precautions when traveling to unfamiliar areas, especially at night. The area is serviced by the Helen Police Department, and many hospitals and clinics are available for medical care. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Can I find a vacation rental around Helen?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 807 vacation rentals near Helen. From 496 Cabins to 496 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Helen for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Helen?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Helen:

  • Tanglewood: 17 vacation rentals
  • Nantahala Bay: 31 vacation rentals
  • Cedar Cliff: 24 vacation rentals
  • Screamer Mountain: 18 vacation rentals
  • Tarheel: 21 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Helen?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Helen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Unicoi State Park: 670 vacation rentals
  • Yonah Mountain Vineyards: 735 vacation rentals
  • Yonah Mountain Trailhead: 760 vacation rentals
  • Helen Waterpark: 964 vacation rentals
  • Dukes Creek Gold & Ruby Mines: 879 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Helen listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Helen?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 496 Cabins in Helen. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Helen include:

  • Cottages: 496 rentals available
  • Houses: 198 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 496 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Helen?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 73 vacation rentals with pool available in Helen. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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