Text: David Burbach • Photography: Florian Neuhauser
A scenic jaunt through the southern Appalachians and rural northern Georgia, this route contains an abundance of natural beauty. The best times to go are April to June and September to November.
Approximately 226 miles
Starbucks, 12330 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA.
Hofer’s of Helen Bakery & Café, 8758 North Main St, Helen, GA. (706) 878-8200.
From the road, the views are dominated by rural farmland and thick forest, but more expansive views can be found close by.
Traffic can be heavy going in and out of Atlanta but thins out north of the city.
The northern part of the route contains some tight curves and moderately technical riding.
Mostly well-paved, two-lane roads.
- Ellijay, GA Home to the annual Georgia Apple Festival (in October).
- Blue Ridge Lake Beautiful mountain lake nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
- Amicalola Falls Also located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the 729-foot Amicalola Falls gets its name from the Cherokee for “tumbling waters.”
- Vogel State Park and Museum Established in the 1930s, Vogel is one of Georgia’s oldest state parks, and at 2,500 feet, one of its highest as well.
- Helen, GA Once a thriving logging town, Helen reinvented itself as a replica of a Bavarian alpine community.