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The Peaceful Road Less Traveled

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Georgia cabin rentals are popular getaways for leaving worry and stress behind.  It’s easy to imagine the magic of the mountains…

Go outside.  Smell the fresh air.  Listen to the leaves moving in the breeze, the stream murmuring, the birds calling.  This is north Georgia.  In these ancient mountains you can relax into your stride.  YOUR stride.  Away from the stresses and struggles of daily life, you can remember what makes you tick.  This is why the mountains are calling you.  Wake up in the mountains

Waldweg mit Sonnenschein

Less Traveled Hikes, and a Great Drive
If it’s peace and quiet you are looking for, there is no shortage in the Helen area.  With four state parks within 30 minutes of Helen plus the Chattahoochee National Forest, there are miles to stretch into where few others roam.  Here are some shorter hikes that are usually not as crowded.

Bottoms Loop Trail at Unicoi State Park – There is a wonderful 2.5 mile hike at Unicoi State Park that wraps around the lake.  If you want the hike less traveled, try the Bottoms Loop Trail.  It is a 2 mile long adventure through woodlands and streams.  Get more information at the Visitor Center located at the lodge and be sure to ask for a trail map – some turns may not be marked clearly.  All state parks charge $5 for a day pass.

Laurel Ridge Trail at Smithgall Woods – This 1.6 mile loop trail is beside the Visitor Center near the entrance to the park.  There is a bit of a climb, but the view of Mt. Yonah is your treat for the effort!  The park is gated so be sure to plan your hike during hours of operation.  All state parks charge $5 for a day pass.  At the time of this writing the park is open 7:00 a.m. until dark.  Go to Smithgall Woods State Park for more information.  All state parks charge $5 for a day pass.

Laurel Ridge Trail
Laurel Ridge Trail Overlook

Hemlock Falls Trail at Moccasin Creek State Park – Another short hike (1.5 miles round-trip) that gives a big reward — this trail follows along Moccasin Creek to Hemlock Falls.  No hills on this one but give special attention to footing on rocks.   All state parks charge $5 for a day pass.  

Go to Moccasin Creek State Park for more information on the park.  The tab for “Trail Map” provides a park map that shows where the trail is located (across the road from the park entrance).

Hiking not your bag?  Check out this scenic drive:

Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway – For a day-trip, consider this 3 hour drive through drop dead gorgeous mountain beauty.  There are lots of places to stop for hikes, picnics, and definitely photo ops along the way.  See details at Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway.

Stay at the Cabin
Or maybe you just want to hang out at the cabin.  Some of our cabins have game tables or even game rooms!  But even if they don’t, there are plenty of low-key activities to enjoy.  Check out our Down-time at the Cabin and Mindless Activities Blogs for ideas!  

And Speaking of Cabins…
Some folks enjoy the buzz of Helen, and we do have properties in town. But if you want to really get away, here are a few of our more secluded cabins to consider.

Chattahoochee Shoals – For an amazing, relaxing view of the Chattahoochee River, spend a few days or a few weeks at Chattahoochee Shoals.  The only neighbors you will find here are the 4-legged variety!  Great for families with a master bedroom on the main floor and a loft with two queen beds.  About 20 minutes from Helen.

01. Chattahoochee ShoalsBackyard water-LargeRiver at Chattahoochee Shoals

Chimney Mountain Chalet – If you like leisurely baths and dogs, this one’s for you!  Put Fido in the fenced backyard, turn on the jets and relax in the garden tub.  Wear those fuzzy bedroom shoes all day and no one will know!  Room for five humans.  Minutes from Unicoi State Park and about 15 to Helen.

Bogg’s Mountain Lodge – One way to know you are in a good place is when you are surrounded by Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel.  Once off the main road, enjoy driving along a stream surrounded by these mountain evergreens.  This is a place to soothe your soul among the evergreens, sitting on the deck or staring up at a starry night sky from the hot tub.  Bogg’s Mountain Lodge is 10 minutes from Clayton, GA.

Knotty Pine – Relaxing in the hot tub, looking out at the woods – if that sounds good to you, check out Knotty Pine.  Send the kids downstairs to play ping-pong while you while away the hours.  Room for the family, or just keep it to yourself!

Purpleaire – The perfect couple getaway!  Hot tub, garden jacuzzi tub, game room, and spectacular sunsets.  Just down the road from hiking and fishing at Smithgall Woods State Park.

Sunset ViewPurpleaire view

Whatever time of year, the mountains have a way of helping us unwind and de-stress.  Enjoy North Georgia and give us a call to help you create your next relaxing getaway!

Georgia Mountain Rentals
877-883-8400

A young female hiker takes a break to enjoy a forest view.

 


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