Shootin the ‘Hooch in Helen

Summer-time in Atlanta means finding a way to cool off. This is one of the favorites.


On our way back from visiting Georgia’s highest point at Brasstown Bald, Joyce and I made a stop in “Alpine” Helen, Georgia. This little town is a favorite mountain spot for many Atlantans to visit especially during the summer and fall seasons.  In the Fall, Oktoberfest is the big draw since Helen has been made to look like a Bavarian village and is its biggest claim to fame.  In the summer, the big thing to do is tubing down the Chattahoochee River which flows right through the middle of town.

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The tubing business is so dominant here during the summer that you can hardly cross the street without seeing another bus full of tubes and/or people being carted back and forth.

For folks in the Atlanta area, we think of the Chattahoochee as a major river, our main water source and the topic of never-ending debate over who owns the rights to the use of the liquid that supplies numerous communities downstream.  In Helen, the “great” river is more of a stream.  These are the headwaters of the river and it is easy to cross and only knee-deep in many places.  That makes this a great place to enjoy a little cool refreshment with kids of all ages.

The Alpine City of Helen
on the Chattahoochee River
Helen, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
62mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 100

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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