In honor of this beautiful weather we’ve been having, I’ve decided to write about another park I’ve visited recently. This park is located in northern Georgia, near the small Alpine village of Helen.
I’ve been to Helen numerous times, but recently I made my first trip to Unicoi State Park. Helen isn’t very big, so to make it a day trip we like to visit Anna Ruby Falls, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Anna Ruby Falls is a pretty waterfall with a walking path through the woods. From where you park, it’s about a half mile to get to the falls. There are many families that travel this path, and at the end you are rewarded with the waterfall.
I’ve been to Anna Ruby Falls multiple times, so this time, when my family planned a trip to Helen, I decided to research more, to find out if there was perhaps another, longer path. In my research I stumbled across Unicoi State Park, located slightly past Helen. The park has multiple walking paths of varying distance, as well as many other things to do, especially in the summer. There are cabins you can rent, you can camp there, there’s a public beach, you can go kayaking, the list goes on and on.
I consulted the different walking trails, and decided on one that was about 2.5 miles, around a small lake. When we got there, it was fun exploring a totally new place that we’d never been to, even though we’d been so close. We weren’t sure where we were going and ended up taking the long way to the welcome center. We finally found the trail, however, and we started our walk. The lake is mostly surrounded by trees, and as we walked we had the forest on one side and the lake on the other. We went on a nice day; it wasn’t too hot, yet it wasn’t too cold. There weren’t that many people walking, and we went at a leisurely pace, enjoying our surroundings.
By the time we were done, we felt energized. It ended up being a fun way to exercise and spend the afternoon as a family, everyone walking together. The best part though, is it’s something we can do again. On our next trip to Helen, we could go on a different trail. We could walk the same trail in the summer, and probably have a totally different experience. Or we could even rent a cabin there and spend the night, looking out over the lake. Whatever we decide to do, we’ve opened up a brand new door that leads to a load of different options!