Helen, GA

Aug 12th 2009 — Misc — 9:56 am

We made a brief trip over the mountain to Helen, Georgia. Having undergone a comically slow tubing run on a creek with not quite enough water in it two years ago, the Sulock’s returned to give tubing in Helen another look. Next time we will likely require more than two years before our memories are sufficiently faded to consider a return trip.

From the town’s website:

This Northeast Georgia village has a rich history linked to the Cherokee Indians and Indian burial mounds as well as early settlers who arrived to mine for gold and cut virgin timber for a thriving lumber industry in the early 1900’s. Now celebrating its thirty-fifth year as a mountain community with a touch of Bavaria.

Nothing like celebrating your rich Cherokee history by turning your town into a giant gingerbread house. Regardless of my opinion of the current state of Helen, the roaming masses on the occasionally cobble-stoned streets seemed to indicate that their alpine strategy for attracting visitors was a successful one.

Getting Off Bus Alpine Hot Dog Helen Tubing In the Car Apline Helen Alpine Helen


  1. How crazy and kind of weird. Nothing like a false sense of history to attract people to your town. It looks like little Germany in an amusement park. And I like amusement parks.

    Wow, it’s tubers galore! That’s insane.

    Comment by Hilary — August 12, 2009 @ 1:10 pm
  2. yeah tubers galore. I love tubing with 100 other people within 100 ft of me, i do it in montana all the time

    Comment by Busy S — August 15, 2009 @ 11:40 am
  3. Earlier the water scene is more people walking through ankle-deep water carrying their tubes. The Helenic tubers in Michael’s picture are so happy to be riding the tubes at last.

    Comment by eliza — August 17, 2009 @ 10:43 am
  4. How much of that water is tuber pee?

    Comment by Luke — August 19, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

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