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"Beyond the Gauntlet - Driving Adventures near Helen, Blue Ridge, and Blairsville - Waterfalls

Updated: Nov 21, 2023



Whether you are riding the Gauntlet on your motorcycle or taking a leisurely drive, there is something enchanting about winding through the North Georgia mountains. The Helen, Blue Ridge, and Blairsville areas offer some of the most scenic drives in the region. In this blog, we'll take you on a journey through less driven roads, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic vistas. Plus, we'll show you how close Misty Mountain is to these natural wonders. So, hop in, and let's hit the road!


Helen: The Beginning of Your Adventure Start your journey in the charming Alpine town of Helen, known for its Bavarian-style architecture and warm hospitality. Head north on GA-75, and soon you'll find yourself amidst the mesmerizing mountain roads. The Benefits of Fall Foliage Fall is arguably the most magical time to explore these roads. The leaves explode with shades of red, orange, and gold, turning the hillsides into a masterpiece of color. As you drive, you'll understand why the Appalachian Trail hikers call this region "the tunnel" during summer months, due to the lush, green foliage. Unearth Hidden Gems: Less Driven Roads Don't miss the less traveled paths that lead to natural wonders. Explore routes like US-129 North and GA-180, which will take you to Helton Creek Falls and Dukes Creek Falls.

  • Helton Creek Falls: A short hike brings you to a double waterfall, framed by autumn leaves. Google Maps Link

  • Dukes Creek Falls: Follow the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway to find the trailhead. A rewarding hike reveals the stunning 150-foot cascade. Google Maps Link

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The Misty Mountain Experience As you traverse these scenic roads, consider staying at Misty Mountain, a cozy and rustic mountain cabin rental. Nestled in the heart of these natural attractions, Misty Mountain provides an ideal base for your adventures.



Blue Ridge and Blairsville: A Two-for-One Special Extend your journey further north to the delightful towns of Blue Ridge and Blairsville, where you'll uncover even more beauty. Blue Ridge: Drive on GA-515 to explore the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and the Ocoee Whitewater Center, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.



Blairsville: Continue on GA-515 and then head north on GA-325 for Vogel State Park. Don't miss the serene Lake Trahlyta and Trahlyta Falls.

Plan Your Trip While the drive is spectacular, remember to plan accordingly. Check road conditions and weather forecasts, and ensure your vehicle is up for the adventure. So, there you have it - a mountain driving adventure through Helen, Blue Ridge, and Blairsville. Explore the less traveled roads, chase waterfalls, and relish the natural beauty. And remember, during fall, these scenic routes come alive with a stunning display of foliage. So, grab your camera, start your engine, and embark on an unforgettable journey through North Georgia's picturesque mountains.


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