Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Unicoi - Helen Trail - Unicoi State Park - GA

December 15, 2015

Today's hike was on the Unicoi/Helen Trail in Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA.

HIKERS - Geri Barrios, Mike Bell, Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, David Hinson, Bill Hunt, Bob Magee, Trushna Nadig, Dave Norton, Mary Lu Norton, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Vic Robson and Gail Smith.

TRAIL INFORMATION - A beautiful hike on the Unicoi/Helen Trail at Unicoi State Park. The trail starts out as the Bottom Loop Trail, then continues through stands of rhododendrons and mountain laurels to cross Lower Smith Creek. The trail crosses several small streams and then intersects the Unicoi Mountain Biking Trail before reaching Unicoi Hill City Park in Helen.

We rate the hike difficulty as moderate. Total hike today - 6.25 miles.

Directions: Just north of Helen, GA turn right onto Hwy 356 and drive past the lake and follow the signs to Unicoi Lodge on the right. Instead of starting at Unicoi Lodge, you can also choose to start in Helen at the City Park in Helen.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly sunny and mild with temperatures ranging from the 50's to 72 degrees F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Chic-a-Dee, Crow

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Sign at the start today.
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Another great day for a hike!
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Lower Smith Creek
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Lots of options available in the State Park.
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Crossing a nice footbridge over Smith Creek!
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Beaver activity
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Beautiful portion of trail along Smith Creek.
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Great signage along the trail
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Our happy hiking ladies and "Angus".
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Resting outside the lodge.
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Beautiful decor inside the lodge
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Downtown Helen!
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Most of our hikes do not require menu decisions!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Gail Smith, Geri Barrios, "Angus", Dave Hinson, Jeanne O'Connor, Dave Norton, Mary Lu Norton, Bruce O'Connor, Mike Bell, Pam Euliss, Bob Magee, Trushna Nadig, Vic Robson, Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins and Bill Hunt.

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Unicoi/Helen Trail - GA - 12-15-15


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