Northern Georgia Scenic Byway Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
7 in Georgia Georgia40 Miles
By Bo Tilly
on April 15, 1998
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This route is located about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta off of Interstate 85. From the starting point in Helen Georgia, go north on Route 17. Take a detour on to Route 356 heading east if you want to visit Unicoi State Park. Continue to take 17 north till you see Route 180 on the left (heading west). Take 180 west till shortly before you get to the town of Choestoe, you will see Route 348 on the left and heading south. Take 348 south as it twists and turns until it meets Route 75. Take Route 75 to the left (should be heading north) back towards Helen. You will meet Route 17 once again and want to go left (south) into Helen.
You will be traveling along a couple different official US Government designated scenic byways on this route so you know it's got to be beautiful. You'll see Georgia's tallest mountain and travel through the Chattahoochee National Forest. The area is very hilly and the forests are thick. There are also many waterfalls in the area. The best time to check out this area is in the fall.
This route travels along some perfect motorcycle roads - steep, very curvy and in relatively good condition. Also because of its remote location traffic doesn't seem to be an issue. I give it a solid 5 by Georgia standards.
You'll want to start and end your travel along this route in Helen Georgia. Helen is an old sawmill town that has been refurbished in a German motif. The town offers visitors inns, craft shops and beer gardens. Unicoi State Park (706-878-2201) is off of Rte. 356 (just east of Robertstown GA) and offers a lot of hiking into the surrounding hills. Nearby is the Anna Ruby Falls (706-878-3574) where you pay a small fee to drive up to twin waterfalls. Up the road is High Shoals Scenic Area and off of Rte. 180 you will drives along the side of Georgia's highest mountain - 4,784 ft Brasstown Bald. Watch for the signs that will lead you to the parking lot where you can hike a half-mile to the peak or wimp out and take the shuttle. At the peak there is a museum and observation area where you can see into Tennessee and both North and South Carolina. Further along the route you will find the Dukes Creek Falls and take a short hike to an observation platform. Overall this route offers a lot to see in terms of nature yet because of its remote location, there isn't a lot of other 'off-bike-entertainment.'
- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Georgia Department of Tourism - 1-800-847-4842.
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