Saturday, September 24, 2016

3 Amazing Spots in GA

One of the many spectacular views to be seen at Duke's Creek Falls!

You would be hard pressed to find someone to dispute the fact that North Georgia abounds with natural beauty!  However, with the Smoky Mountains so close in proximity,  folks sometimes forget to take advantage of some amazing places in neighboring areas.  

There are three such spots to be featured in this post which can be combined with one another or with other spots which have been previously reviewed on this blog (see links below).  Doing so is sure to create a magical trip for your Frugal Family Travelers!

Duke's Creek Falls

Directions:  Richard B. Russell Scenic Hwy; Helen GA 30545

Cost:  $4 per vehicle honor box

Note:  Picnic tables and a vaulted restroom are available at the trail head

The first spot is located in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest and is a short drive from Helen, GA.  Duke's Creek Falls features a scenic trail which parallels the stream for most of the hike. The gently sloping 2.5 mile (round trip) trail is well maintained which makes for an easy hike for families with kids.   At the base of the falls are several decked seating areas to view various sections of the falls.  

Chattahoochee River Tubing


Cost:  Approx. $10 per person

Note:  Many tubing facilities are available.  Check around to discover which offers the best rate for your needs.

If adventure is what your Frugal Family Travelers are seeking, then consider tubing down the Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA.   There are numerous outfitters in the area which provide a multitude of options including packages with zip lining or a water park.   The basic trip is around $10 per person and includes shuttle service and life jackets.  It is highly recommended to bring or buy a stick for dislodging yourself from rocks on the river.   Don't panic, this is part of the fun!   The water was very low the day of our visit but we had an amazing time and laughed until our sides split!


Anna Ruby Falls

Located in Helen, GA and nestled inside Unicoi State Park, Anna Ruby Falls offers a breathtaking hike along a white water stream and equally breathtaking water fall!   The 1 mile (round trip) trail is completely paved so those traveling with wheel chairs and strollers can easily access this area, although the incline is quite steep.  The falls has a welcome center with restroom and requires a small fee per person.

Directions:  3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd, Sautee, GA 30571

Cost: $3 per person

Operating Hours:  Open 7 days a week from 9-6 (summer)  or 9-5 (winter) with the exception of major holidays.  No admission after 6 pm./5pm respectively based on the summer and winter season.

Note:   The falls is adjacent to Unicoi State Park but is run by the National Park Service.  You must travel through Unicoi State Park to access the parking lot for the Anna Ruby Falls trail.  There are amazing picnic spots in Unicoi and other opportunities for explorations there as well so be sure to check it out!  


Combine the places above with any of the following for an amazing vacation to the area:

3 Hidden Treasures Near Atlanta

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