Unicoi State Park is one of the big draws to Helen, where visitors can hike, bike, and try their hand at trout fishing. A number of tourist companies offer horseback riding and water tubing. Anna Ruby Falls, located in Chattahoochee National Forest, is another popular outdoor site visited by tourists.
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Fly fishing is also a popular pastime in the area.
Helen's numerous accommodations include lodges, inns, cabins, and even campgrounds and RV resorts. Inns include chain hotels like Castle Inn, Motel 6 and Days Inn on Main Street, as well as more local hotels like the Sylvan Valley lodge and the Hofbrau Riverfront Motel and Restaurant. Sleepy Hollow Campground, Leisure Acres Campground and Creekwood RV Park and Cabins offer more rustic lodgings in Helen.
Helen's special events and festivals bring more tourists to the town, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
Bavarian food is the staple in Helen. The food is served in many of the German restaurants including the Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant and the Hofbrau Riverfront Motel and Restaurant, both on Main Street. Steak is also a favorite - Main Street's Paul's Steakhouse and the Safari Steakhouse specialize in this cuisine. For international food, try La Cabana Mexican Restaurant or Jordano's Pizza.
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For baked goods, try out Hofer's of Helen Bakery and Cafe on North Main Street.
Most of the city's nightlife centers around restaurants and eateries that double as bars at night. Bigg Daddy's American Tavern and Music Club is one such establishment, as is the Troll Tavern. The Tavern offers international food (German and Mexican), specialty cocktails and a large selection of draft and bottled beers.
The Troll Tavern's kitchen closes at 10 pm.
The German influence in this town unveils itself in the the curios available to visitors. The Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen offers a wide array of candies and treats like fudge, whipped cream caramel, and hand-dipped chocolates. The Scandinavian European Import Company sells numerous souvenirs like Russian nesting dolls, German pewter and cuckoo clocks.
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The owner of the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen wrote the book Candy Making for Dummies for the "Dummies" book series.