Ultimate Guide to the Northeast Georgia Mountains

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Every year we always head to the mountains in Northeast Georgia. The reason why? Cooler weather in the summertime, pet-friendly accommodations and friendly people make Northeast Georgia Mountains an easy choice.

The Northeast Georgia Mountain area is a community that boasts immense natural beauty and offers a wide range of activities throughout the year. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, family vacation, or a weekend with friends, Northeast Georgia is the place to visit for cooler temps, plenty of fun things to do and beautiful outdoor mountain views.

The Must-See Towns In The Northeast Georgia Mountains

There are plenty of small towns to visit in Northeast Georgia that offer fun for the whole family. We will go over each town and the different area attractions that we have found over the years of visiting this area.

Cities in the region include:

  • Helen
  • Cleveland
  • Blairsville
  • Sautee Nacoochee
  • Clarkesville
  • Clayton
  • Dahlonega
  • Gainesville
  • Hiawassee
  • Young Harris
  • Toccoa
  • Historic Lakemont
  • Tiger
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Reasons I Love The Northeast Georgia Mountains

We have always stayed at Sunburst Adventures when we would evacuate for Hurricanes. We fell in love during our two-week stay here while we were waiting for power to be restored back in Florida.

Cooler temperatures are a definite here. Nothing compares to living in the National Forest. We often alternate between Tennessee and Georgia to escape the Florida summers.

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Lake Burton

Everything North of Sunburst Adventures, where we often stay in Clarkesville, is National Forest so you can really tell the difference between the temperatures because there are so many trees the air naturally stays cooler.


Driving through the winding roads the air is cool even on sunny warm days in August. It is the reason so many people from Atlanta and the surrounding areas flock to here in the summer.

The low temperatures in Northeast Georgia were 66 degrees in the morning and 82 degrees during the day.

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The People of Northeast Georgia

The people in Northeast Georgia are amazing. Talk about Southern Hospitality! Coming from busy South Florida that is jammed with people all winter, Northeast Georgia is a laid back and relaxing atmosphere, even when it is busy.

I have never met a cranky person here. I am sure if I lived here that would not be the case all the time but during my visits, the people are always helpful and friendly. They take the time to have conversations and get to know you in Northeast Georgia.

One year, when we evacuated, several people in the area noticed our Florida plates and stopped to make sure we did not need a place to stay, a church on Sunday or food for us to eat. The people are the salt of the earth here!

Lots to See and Do In the Northeast Georgia Mountains

There are several lakes, streams, creeks, waterfalls and rivers here to visit if you are into the outdoors. If not, the wineries, shopping art galleries and museums will keep you busy.

Canal on Seed Lake, GA

The hiking and mountain scenery is amazing in Northeast Georgia. Many towns have historical sites to visit from the civil war if you are a history buff.

You will find the fun tourist stuff to do like, vineyards and wineries, gem mining, white water rafting, a corn maze, Alpaca farms and petting zoos, horseback riding, zip-lining and ATV rentals.


Helen is always a favorite spot for people to stop and visit. There are lots of different things to do in this Bavarian town. If you want a taste of Europe you can get it in Northeast Georgia.

Tubing the Chattahoochee in Helen GA Northeast Georgia Mountains
Helen, GA Downtown

I love Helen because it offers everything I want in a summer vacation. Homemade fudge and candies, tubing, great German beer and food. There is even a winery all with an international feel because of the Bavarian architecture. There is an arts community in nearby Sautee Nacoochee and plenty of shops and stores with European arts and crafts.

It is located right on the Chattahoochee River where you can watch people riding their tubes in the chilly water and navigating the rocks. Of course, there are fudge and candy shops as well. Be prepared to be thrown into a diabetic coma with their delicious treats!

It is a tradition to stop at Habersham Winery and try one of their Wine Slushies! You can book your wine tour through Viator below!

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Our Friends in Downtown Helen

You will find:

  • Tubing on the Chattahoochee River May-Sept
  • Helen Waterpark
  • Horsedrawn Carriages and Horseback Riding
  • Gem Mining
  • Beer Gardens
  • Habersham Winery
  • German Food
  • Hiking and Zip Lining

Cleveland, Georgia

I have been to Cleveland many times when I lived in North Georgia. It is best known for being the entry point of the Georgia Mountains and also the birthplace and home of the Cabbage Patch Dolls!

You can visit Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland Georgia to see everything Cabbage Patch! It is voted by the Travel Channel as one of the top ten toy attractions for kids in the US.

Cabbage Patch Kids Northeast Georgia Mountains

Babyland General Hospital is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-made Cabbage Patch Kid. The hospital offers a self-guided tour so you to take as much time as you like touring BabyLand. Kids are also permitted to play with the kids on display while they are visiting. Most guests spend at least one hour here.

Blairsville, Georgia

Every time we are in the Northeast Georgia Mountains we make our way to Blairsville. If you are staying near Helen, like we do, you get to travel through some beautiful mountains to get to Blairsville and the Young Harris Area.

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Brasstown Bald Mountain Views

Brasstown Bald Mountain is located there and is Georgia’s highest mountain surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. The visitor center sits right on top giving you amazing 360-degree views! The trail is pet-friendly too! You can walk it or take a tram. There is also a small museum there.

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On a clear day, you can see four states from Brasstown Bald. Make sure you call ahead of time, the mountain gates are closed during inclement weather.

If you are looking to stay in the area, the Brasstown Valley Resort is the place to be. With stables, a spa and other sought after amenities you will love this centrally located resort right by Brasstown Mountain.

Sautee Nacoochie, Georgia

We love to stop here on our way to Helen from Clarkesville. Located just south of Helen it will be a great addition to your day when visiting the area.

There is a 173-acre farm is located in historic Sautee Nacoochee. The Hardman Farm is best recognized by a gazebo-topped Indian mound and cow pasture. The house was built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee Valley.

Visitors can go inside the home and see the 19th-century parlor and large dairy barn. There is a guided tour on the hour. The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Governor of Georgia from 1927-1931.


The Nacoochee Indian Mound is there and is a burial site for the Cherokee Indians in the area. The Indian Mound with its little gazebo is one of the most recognized landmarks in Georgia.

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge Courtesy of Explore GA

There are a couple of covered bridges in the area. The area is known for the Stovall Mills Covered Bridge.

You will also find an awesome artist’s community there. Pottery is one of the main attractions. You will want to check out the Gourd Place, a Gourd Museum where folks from around the world will bring their gourds to put them on display.

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Covered Bridge Northeast Georgia

Clarkesville, Georgia

Clarkesville is actually my favorite place to stay when we are in North Georgia. We have always loved staying with our friends at Sunburst Adventure Park. It is centrally located to everything we love in Northeast Georgia

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Burton Dam

The U.S. Highway 441 Heritage passes through downtown Clarkesville. It was named in honor of General John C. Clark, the son of the revolutionary hero and governor of Georgia, Elijah Clarke.

The downtown area in Clarkesville offers great restaurants, antiques, art & collectibles shops, and a theater. It was always close to where we stayed so we often went to Clarkesville to get supplies and groceries.

Moccasin Creek State Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of Lake Burton and offers camping, boating, fishing and hiking.

Lake Burton Georgia
Lake Burton

Scenic Route 197, is a beautiful and scenic driving route from Clarkesville to Lake Burton, must-stops are Mark of the Potter, the Cottage Garden, and The Chophouse at LaPrade’s Marina which is a pet-friendly local restaurant.

The Chophouse in Northeast Georgia.
The Chophouse La Prades Marina Lake Burton

The Soque River in Clarkesville is outstanding and nationally renowned for fly fishing.

Clayton, Georgia

Clayton is another favorite stop when we are staying in North Georgia. It also has the Scenic US 441 going through the downtown area.

Clayton Georgia Northeast Georgia Mountains
Downtown Clayton

I have always been enamored by this awesome mountain community. It is fortunate to have a beautiful downtown filled with upscale clothing, home decor and other unique shops. It is known as the Farm to Table Capital of Georgia. There is also an educational museum.

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Clayton GA

While downtown, don’t miss Reeves Hardware and the soda fountain at the Clayton Drug Store. Both the Southern Highroads Trail and U.S. 441 Heritage Highway pass through Clayton.

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Mountains Rabun County

You can go white-water rafting on the nationally designated “Wild & Scenic” Chattooga River. There also great camping spots and trails for horse enthusiasts, waterfall seekers, and overlooks for the great mountain views.

Must stop in wineries include Tiger Mountain Vineyard and Stonewall Creek Vineyards along with the outdoor eatery decks and patios for your mountain views while dining.

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View at Stonewall Creek Winery

Rabun County Lakes

Lake Rabun, Lake Seed and Lake Burton all connect and are located in Rabun County and a small part of Lake Burton is in Habersham County. Rabun County lakes are my favorite of the North Georgia mountain lakes.

Lake Burton Northeast Georgia Mountains
Sunset at Lake Burton

It is beautiful to drive through there and there are waterfalls that you can stop and hike to like Angel and Panther Falls nestled in the mountains. Lake Burton has 62 miles of shoreline and is a 2775 Acre lake that is fed from the Tallulah River.

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Seed Lake

Tallulah Falls and State Park

One of my favorite spots in Northeast Georgia is the great Tallulah Falls located in the Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Northeast GA Tallulah Falls

Rabun and Habersham Counties

You have several connecting towns that are fun to explore in these two counties alone. It is an easy ride to Helen, Blairsville, Hiawassee, Clayton and North Carolina. These towns are all connected by scenic roads like US Highway Scenic 441, which have fantastic overlooks and views of the mountains. You will also find many cool waterfalls to explore.

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View @ Popcorn Overlook

As you climb and descend the huge mountains on these roads you will be able to pull over and look at amazing mountain views and will have plenty of photo opportunities as you drive through the clouds.

This area is truly the heart of Northeast Georgia!

Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega was the heart of the first gold rush in the US and is in the heart of Georgia Wine Country. If you are looking to score some gold there are still mines in the area for tourists to come and try to make their score!

Dahlonega GA Gold Mine

More than $6 million dollars in gold was made into gold during this time. You should stop by the Dahlonega Gold Museum and State Historic Site to learn about America’s first gold rush!

Gainesville, Georgia

I actually used to live in Gainesville more than 25 years ago. It is further south and not what I would truly consider a true mountain community but Lake Lanier is considered one of the most popular lakes in the South so I thought it should be mentioned.

Lake Lanier is the largest lake in Georgia. There are almost 700 miles of shoreline and is spread over 38,000 acres. There are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds on the lake so it is a great place to go camping.

Lake Lanier GA Northeast Georgia Mountains

The water in Lake Lanier comes from Georgia’s, Blue Ridge Mountains. The rainwater then makes its way down to Lake Lanier by way of the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers after passing down the mountains.

What I liked about Lake Lanier, when I lived there, is there were plenty of protected public beaches around the lake for swimming. If you are looking for more of a lake vacation over a mountain vacation then Lake Lanier and Gainesville are a great choices. But remember you are really in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains.


Hiawassee is home to Chatuge Lake. A massive body of water that spans from Hiawassee, Georgia to North Carolina. There are also many entrances to the Appalachian Trail in Hiawassee. Brasstown Bald is in near proximity so there is another good reason to stay in this area.

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Lake Chatuge

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts the Georgia Mountain Fair every summer. The Anderson Music Hall at the fairgrounds hosts awesome concerts and shows with popular music stars each year.

Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge are in bloom from early April to late May. One of my favorite things to do in the south is to see the spring and summer flowers in bloom.

Southern Flowers

You will be able to see more than 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom. Local artists offer their works of art on display at the Artworks Artisan Center where they are also offered for sale.

Hiawassee River is known as “the hidden jewel of trout fishing” if you love to fly fish as I do. As with most Northeast Georgia towns, waterfalls are all over the area and provide great hiking excursions.

Historic Lakemont

Historic Lakemont, GA

I actually discovered Lakemont a couple of years ago. We like to take scenic drives on historic roads. Lakemont is located on Historic Old 441 in Rabun County.

Lakemont GA Northeast Georgia Mountains
Old 441

I love Lakemont Georgia because it is a great spot for some southern hospitality and freshly brewed Southern Sweet Tea. It was just such a cute little area. I had to check out the general store.

Many of the folks staying on Lake Rabun stop at the general store for supplies and they can also get food to go and Alleys also offers catering for parties.

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Lakemont GA

In Historic Lakemont you will find a general store and art gallery. It is like going back in a time capsule to the 1950’s! It is definitely worth a stop and will only take you a few minutes to visit the folks there.

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Lakemont, GA
Alley’s Ole Store in Lakemont on Old 441
Northeast Georgia Mountains

Tiger, Georgia

Located in Rabun County, Tiger is in the northeast corner of Georgia. The town sits at the base of 2,856-foot Tiger Mountain. This is a prominent Blue Ridge Mountain peak.  

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Crab-apples In Tiger GA

The most prominent attractions in Tiger include the Tiger Drive-In, Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Stone Creek Vineyards. 

Northeast Georgia Mountains Entrance to Stonewall Creek Winery
Stonewall Creek Winery Entrance

As you enter Stonewall Creek Winery you will be met with gorgeous grounds and wildlife. I took several photos of the property and the views it had to offer while I was there.

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Deer at Stonewall Creek

When we took a drive to Stone Creek, sadly it was closed. Be sure to call before you go. It is a beautiful property with a lot of great photo opportunities and of course who does not love wine!

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Vineyards at Stonewall Creek Winery

For those who love wineries, there is a Wine Trail that you can follow on your own. There are two designated American Viticulture Areas in the North Georgia Mountains. The North Georgia area wineries are family-friendly and offer shopping and food in addition to their wines.

Vines at Stonewall Creek Winery
Stonewall Creek Winery
Grapes at Stonewall Creek Winery
Northeast Georgia Mountains Wineries
Outdoor seating at Stonewall Creek Winery
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Hydrangea Flowers at Stonewall Creek Winery

If you are looking for mild temperatures and lots of outdoor activities then Northeast Georgia is a great place for both families and couples to visit.

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138 responses to “Ultimate Guide to the Northeast Georgia Mountains”

  1. Annette Avatar

    WOW!! Such a great post about Georgia!! I’ve only been through the airport, but will need to take a layover for a few days to check this out!!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love it! It is so peaceful!

  2. Cindy Moore Avatar
    Cindy Moore

    I’ve driven through beautiful Georgia many times. However I haven’t spent much time in the state. I need to remedy that!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will Northeast Georgia. It is very laid back!

  3. Cindy Mailhot Avatar
    Cindy Mailhot

    This area looks amazing, quaint village feel, nature, history…all of the things I love when I travel.

  4. Jordan Avatar

    I’m from Georgia, and love a good North Georgia mountain getaway. My favorite cities on this list are Helen and Dahlonega. And shoutout to Habersham Winery. One of my favorites!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Habersham Winery is a tradition!

  5. Leeanne Avatar

    What a special part of Georgia. I could easily get lost in the woods for days and then only tell my family to let me wander the towns for good food and people.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      LOL It sounds like the perfect plan Leeanne!

  6. kmf Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous! This area is so me!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes! You would love it here Karen! Northeast Georgia is calling you!

  7. Leigh Avatar

    I love this area of North GA!! It’s so pretty and peaceful up here. I thought I had been to most of the places worth visiting, but I see some new spots I definitely want to remember to visit in your post 🙂 Thank you.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I am glad it is just not me … there is something very special about this place. I would love to hear about the trip when you return!

  8. Leslie Avatar

    So many interesting options to visit!

  9. Alexandra Alejandro Avatar
    Alexandra Alejandro

    I’ve never been to Georgia. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. Would love to take my family there someday.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Lots and lots to do for families! Especially in Helen, GA.

  10. Carey Avatar

    The North Georgia mountains is one of my favorite places to visit. Brasstown valley lodge should be a place everyone visits. It has so much to do and the views from are fantastic.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree! WE head there every time we visit. We like to stay on the lakes but Brasstown is on the list every time. It does not get old.

  11. melissa Avatar

    Helen looks like such a unique town and the views from Brasstown Bald Mountain are amazing! I think we definitely need to stay at the Brasstown Valley Resort!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is a very cool spot in Northeast GA. You will love it at Brasstown!

  12. Missy Avatar

    We agree, going to cooler weather in the summer time is very smart. Finding great hikes and a good winery is a bonus. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree Missy! I can’t wait to go back and do an article on their wine trail in Northeast Georgia.

  13. Pam Avatar

    These look like such great places to visit! I’m going to have to suggest a few detours on our next road trip to Florida!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I can’t wait to hear all about it when you go!

  14. Shirley Avatar

    I lived in Georgia for nearly 30 years and find this article to be thorough and quite helpful! The Georgia mountains are a great vacation destination.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Shirley! We love it!

  15. Eva Keller Avatar
    Eva Keller

    Helen looks so cute! I’d love to take a weekend getaway to a town like that.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      A weekend would be perfect for Helen, GA. There is so much to do there.

  16. Holly Avatar

    Oh my what memories you have stirred up! I was raised in Dahlonega & Gainesville. I still have family in Cleveland, Dalton, etc. Love going back for visits. Awesome post!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you Holly! I am so flattered to hear from someone who was local!

  17. Alice Avatar

    I think it’s ironic that we have our snowbirds who live here in northern Wisconsin during the summer months and in Florida (and elsewhere) during the winter and you are writing about getting away from the summer heat of Florida. Great post! I’ll have to check those places out one day!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Florida is absolutely my favorite state to be in but the mountains call once per year! lol

  18. Danielle Ardizzone Avatar
    Danielle Ardizzone

    Such picturesque country!

  19. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    I’ve only driven through Georgia but looks like there’s so many awesome places to visit!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      There really are! The Northeast Georgia Mountains offer something for everyone!

  20. Sandi Avatar

    Beautiful. Reminds me of Vermont.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I definitely want to go there as well.

  21. Suzan Avatar

    Such a beautiful area, the winery, the lakes, the quaint towns, the winery, and I’m sure meeting up with friends make it even more special. Oh, and did I mention the winery 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha! We love the wineries in Northeast Georgia too!

  22. Barbara Avatar

    Sure looks very inviting! I’d love to explore this area!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Northeast Georgia will welcome you!

  23. Misty Avatar

    You capture the beauty very well in your pictures! Makes me want to go there!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you! Northeast Georgia is easy to photograph! There are so many beautiful areas there.

  24. Tiffany Avatar

    This area looks lovely! So much to explore!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Northeast Georgia has something for everyone!

  25. Laura Lee Avatar
    Laura Lee

    I love the picture of the pink bus! I bet the fall foliage is beautiful!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I can tell you Northeast Georgia in the fall is perfection! Usually, the last week in October is a great time to go see the fall foliage.

  26. Liz Avatar

    Wow, great information! I didn’t realize that Georgia had so many hidden gems! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you, Liz! Fortunately, Northeast Georgia is off the beaten path so unless you are from the south you most likely do not know about it.

  27. Sara Avatar

    I went to Babyland General Hospital when I was a kid! I loved it.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awwww! I love that! I wonder if Cabbage Patch kids will make a comeback!

  28. Alyssa Avatar

    These spots look awesome, great photos.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you! Northeast Georgia is an easy place to get photos. So many beautiful scenes.

  29. Rachel Avatar

    Wow this looks like an amazing adventure. This is absolutely beautiful, and your pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you, Rachel! When we visit Northeast Georgia I usually come back with 700+ photos!

  30. Leeandra Avatar

    I’ve never been to Georgia before.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I hope you make it to Georgia someday.

  31. Sabrina DeWalt Avatar
    Sabrina DeWalt

    So many places to explore.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It definitely takes more than one trip to see it all.

  32. Kate Avatar

    Your pictures are beautiful! This seems like a wonderful area to visit. And who knew that was a place that was all things Cabbage Patch!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland is huge! I think it put Cleveland on the map!

  33. heather Avatar

    What a beautiful part of Georgia! When I saw the photo of the cabbage patch kids I squealed in delight! I loved those dolls. LOL Helen looks like it would be right up my alley as well.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Heather! The Cabbage Patch era definitely brings back memories.

  34. Bonnie Avatar

    Tallulah Falls looks nice and I didn’t know about the town of Helen…what a great spot to visit.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Helen, Ga is a world-renowned tourist destination. There is usually a line to get into town on the weekends. Fortunately it is well planned and there is plenty of parking in Helen.

  35. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    There are so many cute towns in the Georgia Mountains. I love all the pics!

  36. Jane Avatar

    Wow! This is indeed the ultimate guide to visiting North Georgia. I love every towns you featured here as it offers different views and flavours especially that there’s winery too. I love Helen town as it looks like you’re in EU.

    What a great post!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Jane! Helen is a favorite!

  37. Debbie Avatar

    Great post of so many appealing places in NE GA! Makes me want to go!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Georgia is open! I hope you get to go soon!

  38. Douglas Jasper Avatar
    Douglas Jasper

    Love all the photos. It looks very scenic. If you like Helen you would love Leavenworth, WA. It is a Bavarian atmosphere too.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I have that one on my list! I love the look of the mountains in Washington.

  39. Holly Avatar

    Tricia, this is an amazing place that I would love to visit. Your pictures are beautiful and definitely will be traveling soon and this looks like a great place to spend a week! Thanks

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Holly! I can’t wait for you to get there!

  40. Jen Avatar

    I’m so glad I read this! I visit South Carolina quite a bit and have only been down to Georgia once, wasn’t sure where to visit, now I know!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love Northeast Georgia then! Thanks, Jen!

  41. Kristin Avatar

    I had no idea this was all in Northeast Georgia. The pictures are fantastic! Georgia previously was just our “drive-through” state on the way to Florida. It definitely has a LOT more to offer. I would love to visit these idyllic places.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Many people pass on by and have no idea what the area has to offer. Northeast Georgia is definitely a bucket list destination.

  42. alexis Avatar

    This looks soo beautiful! I love trees and lakes! They are my happy place. 🙂 I will have to add this to my list of places to visit when I road trip across the U.S. Thankyou!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I feel the same way! Northeast Georgia does not disappoint!

  43. Erica Avatar

    I pinned it! I love Georgia! I never knew there was so much to see and do! Thank you!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Northeast Georgia!

  44. Ramae Hamrin Avatar
    Ramae Hamrin

    In my 50 years, I’ve never been to Georgia! I would love to, though, and experience that southern hospitality you talk about. Helen looks absolutely charming; that would be my very first stop! The Stonewall Creek Winery would be my second! 😊

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The people are what can make or break an area. I just love the people there.

  45. Beth Shields Avatar
    Beth Shields

    A ton of information in this post. Thanks. What gorgeous and lush landscape. Soooo green it looks beautiful.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Very lush. Northeast Georgia is my soul spot!

  46. T.M. Brown Avatar
    T.M. Brown

    Northern Georgia is gorgeous and I hope to get back up there some day. Your pictures of the lakes and trees – so beautiful.

  47. Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef Avatar
    Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef

    I totally did not peg you for a tailgater LOL! What a beautiful spot, I just love small country towns like this, there is something so restorative about spending time in them. Your photos are fantastic, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  48. Susan Franklin Avatar

    Going to Georgia is on my bucket list. I want to explore Savannah and the southern plantations, but after reading your article and seeing those gorgeous pictures, I want to visit the Northeast too! I loved the pics of Alpine, just the type of village I like to wander through. It’s beautiful!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Just got back from Savannah! Both areas are worth the trip!

  49. Dennis Avatar

    We visit the North Georgia Mountains several times every year. Wonderful area to enjoy! Beautiful pictures!

  50. Bola Avatar

    This is beautiful.

  51. Cindy Avatar

    What beautiful country! I’d love such a getaway, tucked into the forest. And the town seems ideal!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is Cindy! Thank you!

  52. Tiffany Avatar

    That looks beautiful! We have such an amazing country to explore!

  53. Meagan Avatar

    What a beautiful place! Love the pics!

  54. Pauline Avatar

    What a beautiful place. I am a mountain person. I cannot live without them. As John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” These Georgia mountains are calling…

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I feel the same way about the tropical beach. But I also must have mountains! I am lucky to have access to both easily!

  55. Michele Vadnais Avatar

    What a beautiful place! No wonder you keep going back.

  56. jen Avatar

    Love this! It is so quintessential America and the overlooked good parts at that! Beautiful!!!

  57. Katie Avatar

    Gorgeous photos! I love Helen. It is such a cute little city.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You can’t help but love it!

  58. Anna Avatar

    Sorry, I meant trip 🙂

  59. Anna Avatar

    Thank you so much for sharing your tip! Those pictures are amazing!

  60. Jennifer Avatar

    This is a stunning location! It all looks so very peaceful. I love traveling in Tennessee and Georgia, but have never been to this area. I love southern hospitality.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! GA and SC are two of my favorite places to get away from the harshness of FL.

  61. Liza Avatar

    It looks like you had so much fun! Your photos are absolutely stunning. I especially love the plants and animals 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I just love to take those photos. I know they can get boring but I can’t help it!

  62. Hollysbirdnest Avatar

    By the smiles on your faces, it looks like you had an awesome time! I would love to travel to this part of the country and spend more time! Thank you sharing!

  63. Leigh Ann Avatar

    I’ve never been to Georgia! Sounds great 😊

  64. Ramae Avatar

    Wow, your photos are inspiring! I love Tennessee and North Carolina, but I’ve never been to Georgia. I really need to take a road trip. I think I would really, really like this place!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Each area has its own unique characteristics! I love those places too but GA is our #1!

  65. Nicki Avatar

    This look like a really beautiful place. Similar to some of the more historic areas around here in Minnesota actually. Beautiful photos!

  66. Heather Avatar

    This sounds lovely!

  67. Caitlin Avatar

    How beautiful, we will have to do some more exploring of this state. Those pictures are lovely!

  68. Lara Avatar

    Is this the same Chattahoochee River that Alan Jackson sings about? This looks like so much fun and relaxing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks, Lara! Yes, it is the same river…. It is pretty long!

  69. Leanne Avatar

    This is one of my favorite regions in the country. I’m a little biased because I have a lot of family in Clarksville, Cleveland, etc. we just said tonight we need the head up to Helen. It’s been a year since our last visit. Your pictures are lovely and hope y’all didn’t have much damage during my the hurricane!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I tell you it is my soul place. There really is no other place like it!

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