Unicoi State Park, Georgia
Unicoi State Park is one of the most popular parks in Georgia. Some of the many reasons why it attracts so many visitors includes the parks outstanding natural beauty, a wide range of amenities, and Unicoi State Park's proximity to the alpine village of Helen.
This website will help you to find the information you need to plan a visit to Unicoi State Park. By scrolling down this page you will be able to learn about the park's entry fees and obtain an overview of what the park has to offer. You can use links in the text from this page or the navigation tabs at the top, side, and bottom of the page to jump to other pages that have more in depth information about particular facilities and amenities in the park.
Entering Unicoi State Park
There is no gated entrance to the park. The main road through the most visited portion of the park is a loop formed by two roads, state highway GA-356 and "Unicoi Campground Road." GA-356 passes over the impoundment that forms Smith (Unicoi) Lake. There is a parking area at either end of the impoundment. From Unicoi Campground Road you can access the camping office, the campgrounds, the road to Anna Ruby Falls, and most of the parking areas, picnic facilities, and restrooms.
Visitors to Unicoi State Park are required to pay a $5per-vehicle day use fee. You can also purchase an annual pass for $50. Each of the many parking areas in the park has a self-service fee box where you can pay the $5 fee and obtain a pass to hang from the mirror of your vehicle.
You do not need to pay the Unicoi park fee if you are only passing through Unicoi to get to Anna Ruby Falls - which is a federal facility that charges its own entrance fee. The fee and pass for Anna Ruby Falls is not valid for Unicoi State Park. If you visit both Anna Ruby and Unicoi, you need to pay two different fees.
Unicoi State Park Overnight Accommodations
Click on any of the links to find more comprehensive information about each type of accommodation.
Camping: There are more than 80 single site campsites (tents, RVs, and camp trailer sites) and a group campsite.
Cabins: There are a total of 30 cottages, two of which allow dogs.
The Lodge: 100 rooms, wireless internet, restaurant, and conference rooms (for meetings, weddings, or other special events). Call 800-573-9659 for lodge reservations and for any questions about accommodations. The lodge is also a nice venue for business meetings, conferences and weddings. Call to find out more details.
Other places to stay outside of the park:
Helen - A Bavarian style alpine village with a downtown that features interesting architecture and a shopping district with many interesting stores.
Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club - A championship course designed by Bill Watts, overnight accommodations, a pool, tennis courts, and a clubhouse with a pro shop.
Unicoi State Park Activities
There are 5 hiking trails in the park. They vary from a short interpretive trail (1/3 of a mile) around a pond with an easy rating to a 5 mile (one-way) strenuously rated trail to Anna Ruby Falls. The You can also travel from the Unicoi State Park to Helen via a 3 mile (one way) moderate to strenuous trail. Map
The 7 mile loop is a challenging trail that has been used for numerous regional and national mountain bike races. The trail is reserved for the exclusive use of mountain bikers. Beginning March 1, a $2 daily or $25 annual pass will be required for mountain biking.
FISHING. The lake is stocked with catfish, bass, and brim. Fishing is allowed from the bank and from 6 fishing docks, with standard Georgia fishing requirements enforced.
SWIMMING. There is a sand beach that is is open for swimming during the summer.
BOATING. Boats (canoes and pedal boats) can be rented, seasonally, at the beach area. Non-motorized private boats are also permitted in the lake.
Numerous picnic tables, grilles, and shelters are scattered throughout Unicoi State Park. Single sites are available on a first come, first served basis. There are also group picnic facilities and the beachhouse that can be reserved, for a fee, for larger functions.
download and print a copy of the park's bird checklist.
Park Programs - Programs are ongoing all year and involve nature, culture, history and
recreation topics. Special programs can be offered for group visits by prior arrangement with park staff. Please visit the state's park website to find out what programs are being offered when you plan on visiting Unicoi.
Unicoi State Park contact Information
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Unicoi State Park & Lodge
P O Box 849
Helen, GA 30545
Accomodation Reservations (800) 573-9659
Park (706) 878-2201