Unicoi to Helen Trail

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Unicoi to Helen Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Helen, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 616 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


mountain biking
1 month ago

Though this trail is marked for mountain biking here on All Trails, it has “no bike” signs posted at both the Unicoi & Helen trail heads. We decided to do it anyway, because dang it, the app says we can. It was pretty technical for us (we are from the coast and not used to all this). Several times we had to get off the bikes and walk them up & down hills. That said, once we recalibrated our expectations of what kind ride it would be, we had an absolute blast. So glad we decided to do it. However, on our ride back to Unicoi from Helen we took the roads. I do not want to be out on this trail trying to keep an eye out for all the roots & rocks in the fading late afternoon/evening light.

3 months ago

I honestly loved this trail. It wasn’t a super exciting one, but the trail was well maintained and beautiful. We didn’t see anyone else for the entire hike. It leads right into Helen, so once we got there we got dinner and then hiked back.

4 months ago

Nice trail. Beautifully maintained. Loved the river / creek crossings.

5 months ago

If you are looking to be outdoors and want an easy hike this is the one. Trail is well marked. Not much as a scenic hike but it’s a very nice walk in the woods.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Nice hike! Took 20 teens from our youth group and everyone really enjoyed!

8 months ago

Beautiful stroll...

8 months ago

This is a nice, easy trail. The scenery isn't great once the trail diverges from the stream, but the trail is well maintained and very clearly marked. As someone else mentioned, this trail is 6 miles, not 5.2.

11 months ago

Quiet, easy trail , nice

11 months ago

Hiked today, 1st and most important is this is a 6 mile hike not 5.2 Mostly flat, not too steep but the inclines are long, the worst part was the last bit heading from Helen to the Lodge. up,up and up. But one of the best hikes we have done in awhile took us an Hour and 10 mins to get from Lodge to Helen. And the wife was slow.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wonderful day hike with scenery varying from shaded woods to river crossings with bridges. Be warned that trees frequently fall and block the path near the Unicoi side of the trail.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Great trail if you are getting back into mountain biking or a beginner. Could be maintained little better, very few people on trail. Definitely worth the ride!

mountain biking
Friday, August 03, 2018

Let me start with this- I’m from FLAT, south Florida. I kicked my own butt on this trail. I was out about 2-3 miles and quit! Loll. It’s tough. It was rainy and wet, which didn’t help with traction, especially on the very steep parts. I will say that it was absolutely beautiful though.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nice trail. Started in Unicoi and went to Helen and hiked back. Trail was well marked and well maintained.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Great trail, we did the Helen Half Marathon an 10K Race on 12-16-17, nice rolling hills, nice water stream. The scenery was beautiful.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

great trail. easy to hike well maintained. watch out for mountain bikes as this trail does cross the mountain bike trail.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Loved this trail. Lots of variety , easy hike and good workout.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

It was a great trail except for the shot gun noises from the lodge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Not a bad run if staying in Helen.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Started in Helen, hiking towards Unicoi State Park. Hiked only about 1.5 miles (of 3.0) each way due to time constraints. Walk was pleasant with minimal elevation change in early part of walk. Trail was well-maintained. Packed soil. Minimal roots and rocks. Shared with family with stroller at beginning.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

We loved it. We took our time on the way to Helen by the way back we hustled and made it back in an hour. It was BEAUTIFUL too. Though the last 30 minutes is just woods it is still pretty.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Absolutely beautiful hike! Fairly easy, only one steep incline. Will definitely hike this one again soon!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great trail. Was longer then expected but that didn't really matter. We loved it. We hiked it with 20 people, 12 were under 14 years old. It was challenging for them because of its length but everyone had fun! The mileage from the trail entrance according to my watch was 3 miles into the park in town. So in reality it is a 6 mile there and back. Not 5.3. Just FYI.

Monday, March 06, 2017

loved this trail!! Will hike it again amx again. We left from Unicoi and hiked to Helen. minimum steep hills in the direction.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Very nice and easy. Some trees cut the path and are kind of dangerous to run around.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Great trail. Had not been cleared in a while but the blazons(markers) were in great places to see throughout the trail. Great trail to hike on a fall afternoon.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A varied and pretty hike suitable for all ages. The trail connects Unicoi State Park and the tourist destination town of Helen, GA. Trail features wooded areas, a creek, some open fields, and a few switchbacks with occasional moderate inclines. Well-maintained trail. Our 6 & 10 year old kids managed to hike the trail out and back (totaling about 7 miles) without any trouble. A nice day trip there & back if you spend some time in Helen, GA. Unicoi features some beautiful falls in a separate area of the park. Enjoyed it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easy family hike, not much to see...

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Pretty easy trail to take the family on. Moderate with some parts that could be strenuous. Not to much to see, the river/creek is near the beginning of the trail. After the river/creek there is not to much to see.

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