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After suffering an economy hit due to the decline in the logging industry in Helen, the town decided to reinvent itself as a replica of the Bavarian alpine towns with zoning ordinances first put into place in 1969. Bavaria, which is found in south Germany, is located in the Alps. Due to the unique look of the town, the main industry in Helen is tourism.
The Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival is a unique event held in Helen every year where hot air balloons race from Helen to the Atlantic Ocean, or to be specific, Interstate-95. The event also includes local competitions and balloon rides. The event usually takes place in June.
Things to do
- Take a tour of one of the many vineyards
- Take a look around the Folk Pottery Museum
- Go horseback riding at Chattahoochee Stables
- Hunt for gemstones at Dukes Creek Mines