|View from Top of Amicalola Falls|
|Bottom of Amicolola Falls|
Rangers are available to help you plan your day based on weather and your hiking ability. Its a short one mile hike to the bottom of the falls from the visitors center but the hike is steep with lots of stairs. We opted for the drive and short out and back rubberized accessible path to the bottom of the falls. There are 400 some odd steps from the bottom of the falls to the top - but again we oped for the drive around option. The view from the bottom of the falls is spectacular. The top of the falls view features the mountain range and provides a quite picnic ground and meandering creek. If you are looking for a longer hike Amaicolola Falls State Park is home to the Appalachian approach trails as well. We stopped at the top for snacks and H play time before packing back into the car and continuing on our adventure.
|Shooting the Hooch|
|Enjoying lunch at Cafe International|
Parking is Helen, GA is, strangely, all paid parking lots. You will think that $5 or $4 is about standard but if you venture just far enough down a few of the roads you will find a few $3 lots that are not much further away then the other paid lots.
After we had exhausted our entertainment options in Helen, GA we hit up Habersham Vineyards for their "second Saturday" summer arts festival. A variety of local artists gather outside the Habersham tasting room along with some local performers and a bbq food option. Habersham is the oldest winery in GA and they provide some really drinkable Chardonnays - the surprise of the day though is their table red, affectionately known as the "Scarlet" that is just a bit sweeter then a Pinot Noir. You could easily make a day of wine tasting in the Mountains. The wine trail is easily marked out and a brochure with vineyard locations can be picked up in any of the local hotels. Another personal favorite is the Three Sisters Winery. The only reason it didn't make the list today is because they were holding their own summer wine festival that would have been a day trip of its own.
|Oldest Winery in GA|
Exhausted from our adventure we headed back toward Atlanta, making a quick detour to pick up a great jogging stroller we found on Craig's List to keep for future adventures. The snap'n'go has its uses but is getting cumbersome for our exploration - plus who can resist a great deal!