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Sights and Sites

The Blue Ridge Mountains are an awesome sight, but their appeal doesn't stop there. Vineyards dot their foothills; hiking trails wind through their dense forests; historical sites and quirky shops fill their surrounding villages. All that — and more — beckon you to explore, putting North Georgia's best on display. 

Outdoors

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
Spanning 5,664 acres, this protected wildlife area features 28 miles of hiking trails, two picnic shelters, and other outdoor activities.

Yonah Mountain

Georgia 75, Cleveland, GA 30528
The best way to summit this 3,166-foot peak is via the Yonah Mountain trail, a 4.6-mile path that runs through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Anna Ruby Falls

3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, Helen, GA 30545
A small fee and a short hike are a reasonable price to pay to see this stunning cascade. Bring a camera, and capture the magic of this double waterfall.

Sightseeing

Hardman Farm

143 GA-17, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Built by James Nichols — a captain during the Civil War — in 1870, this Italianate mansion now welcomes tour groups to its centuries-old grounds.

Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

GA Highways 17/75, 180, 348, and 75 ALT, Blairsville, GA 30512
Rent a car and start driving: Framed by forests, mountains, and valleys, this 40.6-mile stretch of road is one of Georgia’s most beautiful drives.

Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound

143 Highway 17, Corner of Highway 17 and 75, Sautee, GA 30571
Across the Unicoi Turnpike from Hardman Farm, this archaeological site dates back to the year 100; today, it occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shopping

The Glassblowing Shop

8600 North Main Street Unit 1, Helen, GA 30545
Over 60 years of experience gets put into every handcrafted work; take home a gorgeous reminder of your trip to Valhalla.

Lindenhaus Imports

8669 North Main St, Helen, GA 30545
Russian nesting dolls, cuckoo clocks, and other unique souvenirs can be found at this family-owned enterprise.

Tim’s Wooden Toys

8635 North Main Street Unit 8, Helen, GA 30545
Handmade toys and personalized gifts, all built on-site — bring your kids home a little piece of Helen.

Wineries

Habersham Winery

7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
Operating since 1983, this award-winning vineyard stands a mile-and-a-half south of Valhalla, and holds daily wine tastings.

The Cottage Vineyard and Winery

5050 US-129, Cleveland, GA 30528
Travel + Leisure ranked this winery 21st in the nation; pair a tasting with incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

Frogtown Cellars

700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533
This 57-acre vineyard has won 212 medals at major US competitions since 2010; taste their quality yourself at their Dahlonega tasting room.