Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Helen , GA 30545
Located 2 miles northeast of Helen via Ga. Hwy. 356.
WELCOME to Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a 1,050-acre state park located
immediately north-northeast of Helen, Georgia in the northeastern
portion of the state.
The centerpiece of the park is 53 acre Unicoi Lake on Smith
Creek. The park is especially popular in October, when the autumn
leaves in the forest change colors.
Entry to the park is from Georgia 356, just off of Georgia 75
(North Main Street in Helen). Georgia 75 Alt allows visitors coming
from the south via Cleveland, Georgia to bypass the massive traffic
jams on 75 through the town during weekends, holidays, and
The park also allows access to Anna Ruby Falls, owned by the U.S.
Forest Service and run by the non-profit Cradle of Forestry.
Separate parking fees must be paid for the park and the falls.
In August 2005, some damage occurred to the park when a tornado
spawned by Hurricane Katrina touched-down in part of the town of
Helen, and then traveled north through the park. According to signs
posted, some relatively minor damage occurred to the lodge, and 15
acres of trees were downed.
The trees were logged for timber, and small controlled burns were
used to eliminate excessive dead vegetation, while the branches from
the timber were turned into mulch used in the park.
- 82 tent, trailer, RV campsites
- 33 walk-in campsites
- Squirrel's Nest camping shelters
- 30 cottages
- 100-room lodge and conference center with wireless
- 53 acre lake and beach
- 4 tennis courts
- 6 picnic shelters
- Meeting facilities
- Hiking - 12 miles of trails
- Mountain biking - 8 miles of trails
- Fishing - accessible docks
- Canoe and pedal boat rental (seasonal)
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