Solid place. Had the family out for a week. They took great care of us at check in. Nice to be close to Helen if you need anything and the nearby hikes to falls and great views are great. Not 5 stars because a lot of sites are a little light on personal space but if you know that going in you'll be happy with your trip. Tons to do.
We had a blast here. The sites are beautiful and there is tons to do nearby.
Beautiful park. We went there on a short day trip and had lots of fun. I would like to see more sq ft between camp sites.
Unicoi State Park is just two miles from Helen GA. It is a convenient location for visiting there, particularly in fall during the town’s Octoberfest. Unicoi is in North Georgia Mountains & includes a campground, cabins, “barrel cabins” and Lodge with a nice lake for fishing and canoeing. There are 51 RV sites with water and electricity that can accommodate 30-foot and 40-foot RVs, 82 tent sites, family tent campsites, walk-in sites and primitive “Squirrel’s Nest” sites. The park has numerous hiking trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest, plus a trail into Helen. Nearby is Anna Ruby Falls, administered by the US Forest Service. Smith Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River flows from the falls to Unicoi Lake. It is a good trout fishing stream. Other activists include archery and target shooting, fly fishing, paddle boarding, boat rentals, zip lining, mountain biking and a beach.
We were a group of 10 staying on a buddy site (#37). We had a teardrop, RTT, and two ground tents… and it was tight. The site had some trash on it upon arrival (plastic silverware, candy wrappers, small stuff), but since there is usually only an hour between check out and check in at this park, we cleaned up and moved on.
We had dinner in Helen Friday evening (during the storm) and visited Helen Saturday afternoon. The park itself was average, not really a “wow” factor, and other members of my group had more than one rude encounter with staff. We chalked it up to the COVID lockdown restrictions making their jobs more complicated, but I didn’t have the same issue during my other two lock-down trips at GA state parks. Wood was delivered to us once, and the other time we had to pick it up at the lodge (ten minute drive or so).
One thing about this site… the map shows a short path to the bath house. It’s short as the crow flies… but it’s all stairs. You’re gonna get a workout every time you have to “go”. The bathrooms were kept clean and well stocked during our stay.
The sites are super close together, which woke all of us up on Friday night (or, Saturday morning around 1am) when our neighbor in his massive diesel bus arrived.
All in all, any camping trip is great, but I probably wouldn’t return as there are likely better options near Helen.
We stayed in site# 40 with water and electric when we camped in Nov 2018 you checked in then found a spot that was open. We chose this one it's on the upper part of the loop and it is a little walk to the restroom. We hit the leaves changing Nov. 6th it was beautiful. They have a great visitor center, they even sell wine in the visitor center. The lake is beautiful you can rent kayaks, we have one but it was to far to launch it. They have Ziplines through out the park and you can get to Anna Ruby Falls in the park. The falls are so pretty there's a little visitor center there too.
The town of Helen is close but is a busy town and the traffic can be horrible. We went to town to get propane stopped at Fred's Famous Peanuts on the way into town, good peanuts. We went in some nice Antique stores and a winery, had lunch, got propane then headed home. The traffic was so bad we stopped and asked if there was a back way back to Unicoi. Very thankful we did it was a small winding back road. It took us by an old Indian mound.
Zac Brown Distillery is not far a nice little place, 120 proof whiskey. The drive there was beautiful then we drove to a Walmart near the distillery and drove on a Veterans Memorial drive. It was so nice 100's of crosses with names and dates.
It was a great experience, wonderful staff. The campground itself is clean at all times. A lot of activities to do! Mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, etc. Will definitely be returning in the future!
They have quiet time at 11pm but no end time. People were laughing and yelling all the way up to 11pm. The sites are really close together. People were packing up and playing music at 6am an hour before daylight. In the RV area there were 2 bathrooms for 50 sites so it was a walk to get there at night. You can’t check out before 9am so we waited around until Wanda got there. Very clean. Not complaining just informing.
Unicoi is a beautiful State Park and a great place to camp for a couple nights.
Only about 10 minutes away from the German-Style historic town of Helen, which also has the Chattahoochee River. Helen has two companies who rent out tubes that go through the city on the river. That is something everyone has to try if they go through this part of Georgia!
The Chattahoochee River also has some pretty good (freshwater) fishing, you just have to watch out for the tubers.
Enough about Helen, Unicoi is a truly awesome place to stay. It has everything you can imagine, with a little hiking, a river to dip your toes in, a lodge to stop and get some food or buy souvenirs, canoe/kayak rentals, zip lining and more.
This used to be my family’s summer vacation place to stay, and I would recommend you make it a tradition as well!
We stayed at the Big Brook Loop which offers full hookups. These sites do not offer anything in the way of privacy but do offer lots of shade and gravel sites. Access to hiking trails is easy as is the cute, quaint town of Helen. We were staying July 4th week so it was, of course, busier, as it normally would be during the summer peak months. Comfort station is mediocre. There is supposed to be laundry at this loop but there are no washer or dryer in the laundry room. (I didn’t check the other areas that are stated as such on the campground map)