Some interesting facts about Helen, Georgia, are that it is located in White County and is a replica of a typical Bavarian Alpine town. The city is quite popular for its Oktoberfest held from September through November.
The city of Helen was a logging town that was in decline. In 1969, a few businessmen came upon the idea to bring tourists and new businesses into the region by giving this city the look of a Bavarian village. To re-create the look, all building facades incorporate this popular building design found in south Germany. Since that time, the main industry for this town is tourism. Helen has more than 200 stores, where visitors can find many handmade items.
Another fact about this city is that it offers many other tourist attractions, such as Unicoi State Park, Habersham Winery and the Nora Mill Granary. The state park has many nature trails and a lake. Outdoor activities include fly-fishing, kayaking, bicycling or tubing on the Chattahoochee River. Additionally, the area surrounding Helen also has many waterfalls, including Anna Ruby Falls.
Some other attractions found in Helen are the Alpine Mini Golf Village, Smithgall Woods State Park, Glass Mountain Gallery and Charlemagne's Kingdom. The Smithgall Woods State Park is a protected wilderness region that also contains Dukes Creek, which is a popular trout stream. At the Glass Mountain Gallery and Studio, tourists can see glassblowing demonstrations.