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Helen, GA

Helen, GA

Helen is a charming recreation of a Bavarian alpine village set in the Appalachian mountains of Georgia. All architecture in the town is modeled to match the specific design style which creates a unique atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who come here. With a population of just over 500, Helen is a rural town that is truly one of a kind. 

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Incorporated in 1913, Helen was originally a logging town; however, following the decline in the logging industry, Helen was reimagined as a replica of the alpine towns found in Bavaria. These towns, located in the South German Alps, have a distinct architectural design which the town of Helen is modeled after. As a result of Helen’s unique look, tourism plays an important role in the local economy. 

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Held every year in June, the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival is one of the town’s most beloved events. Each year residents and visitors gather in Helen to witness the hot air balloons race from Helen to the Atlantic Ocean (more specifically, Interstate 95). The festival also includes attractions such as friendly competitions and balloon rides that are sure to be fun for the whole family. 

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