- The list below includes 82 free or cheap things to do in or near Helen, Georgia, including 76 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Mini Golf, Tubing and Ziplines.
- From Anna Ruby Falls to Chattahoochee River, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Helen and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Blairsville, Clarkesville, Dahlonega and Sautee Nacoochee.
A part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Anna Ruby Falls are twin waterfalls formed due to the convergence of two individual streams. The falls can be reached through an upward hike on a trail which weaves through the surrounding forest.
The word Chattahoochee is an Indian word which means 'river of painted rocks' relating to the fact that many colorful rock formations can be found along the Chattahoochee River. The surrounding area is also home to a number of recreation activities.
Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Yonah Mountain Hiking Trail, is one of the best free hikes in the Southeast. This five mile round trip takes hikers through incredibly lush forests to rock outcroppings for stunning views.
Alpine Mini Golf is an 18 hole miniature golf course which offers more than just an entertaining game of golf. The facility also maintains a number of bird houses, picnic areas, a stream which flows through the golf course and an ice cream parlor.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities at the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area. This popularity is due to Dukes Creek which is one of the premier trout fishing spots in northern Georgia that allows for catch and releasing fishing.