Supported by a local Friends chapter and nestled in the north Georgia mountains just outside Helen, Unicoi is one of Georgia’s most beloved state parks. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking and mountain biking on scenic mountain trails, including an easy lake loop, challenging trek to Anna Ruby Falls, pretty three-mile trail to downtown Helen and rugged 7.5-mile singletrack for bikers. The cool mountain lake offers a swimming beach and canoe rental during summer. Throughout the year, park staff host outstanding programs ranging from craft festivals and concerts, to animal programs and educational hikes. Overnight guests can choose from a hotel-style lodge, fully equipped cottages and modern campground. The park’s restaurant is known for its nightly mountain trout buffet, while craft lovers should not miss the lodge’s gift shop with pottery, quilts and other crafts. The lodge and beach house are popular spots for weddings, reunions, parties and conferences.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Unicoi's "Friends Wildlife and Heritage Center"
Unicoi State Park’s Friends volunteers have recently updated their discovery room, the Friends Wildlife and Heritage Center. The room is full of educational material for all. The new update also includes Braille signage and wheelchair ramps, so everyone has access to this amazing addition.
For history lovers, the room features a replica log cabin bedroom and Friends volunteers at Unicoi have begun adding an exhibit about the local Native American history. Outside the “cabin” is a wall displaying several tools used by...