Unicoi to Helen Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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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

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 day ago

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.

14 days ago

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
16 days ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

trail running
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

trail running
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Not a bad run if staying in Helen.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easy family hike, not much to see...

hiking
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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