Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Two-Night Stay at Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen, GA

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Near-Lake Lodge amid 1,000-Acre Blue Ridge Beauty

The Unicoi State Park & Lodge overlooks the rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia with postcard-perfect views from picture windows and open-air balconies. Nestled near Unicoi Lake, the lodge combines spacious accommodations with the seclusion of more than 1,000 acres of protected wilderness.

An extensive network of hiking trails weaves across the mountain landscape, from the meandering loop around the lakefront to a white-knuckle mountain bike path. Across the property, visitors can fish for trout from lakeside docks or shallow stream banks. In warmer months, sunbathers flock to a sandy beach adjacent to a roped-off swimming area, and canoers and kayakers explore the lake’s outer reaches. Weekly park staff events range from full-moon hikes to cave tours and beard grooming.

Back at the lodge, the restaurant hosts all-you-can-eat buffets three times a day. Included breakfasts typically feature waffles, bacon, and biscuits with country gravy, and dinners always include mountain trout. Beyond the lobby, draped with hand-sewn quilts, lodge rooms are simply appointed with forest prints. The two-bedroom, all-wood-interior Smith Creek cabins are warmed by stone fireplaces, and the barrel-shaped lake-view cabins feature hobbit-like architecture with curved walls and arced ceilings. All cabins come with a full kitchen, cookware, and an outdoor charcoal grill.

Helen, Georgia: Alpine Village with Frequent Festivals

The nearby town of Helen imagines the Appalachians as Alps. The quaint, Bavarian-style town is lined with cobblestone alleys and timber frame cottages. Helen’s schedule of festivals and events celebrates the mountain landscape with vineyard tours, trout-fishing competitions, and birding trips. One of the most popular traditions is the annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race, which fills the skies with myriad multicolored floats.

There's also plenty of outdoor scenery to enjoy in the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest. The Appalachian Trail passes near Helen, and it comes alive every spring with thru-hikers attempting the entire 2,180-mile journey without the assistance of GPS or a st. bernard. By Memorial Day, the Chattahoochee River warms up and becomes a bona fide lazy river traversed by weekenders on inner tubes.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom lodge room

  • $105, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $135, valid on Friday and Saturday

Two-night stay for up to six in a two-bedroom lake-view or Smith Creek cottage

  • $129, valid Sunday–Thursday

    Included in all options:
  • Parking
  • Breakfast for two each morning

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Lakefront beach and swimming area
  • Restaurant with three buffet meals daily
  • Miles of hiking and biking trails
  • Lake and stream fishing
  • Playground and family events

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/13/12; complete travel by 6/15/12
  • Not valid 3/14-3/15, 4/27-4/29, or 5/3-5/5
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 more as gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • 3-day cancel notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon applies
  • $10 fee may apply for cancelling 3 days or more in advance
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking & check-in
  • Must purchase Fri-Sat option for Thurs-Fri or Sat-Sun stay
  • Must use promo value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 15% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Unicoi State Park & Lodge before 6/13/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/15/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • One or two private bathrooms
  • Mountain and forest views

One-Bedroom Lodge Rooms

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Two-Bedroom Lake-View or Smith Creek Cottages

  • One queen bed and two double beds in lake-view; three double beds in Smith Creek
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Fireplace and outdoor charcoal grill
  • Full kitchen with all housewares

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed in the policy.
  • Accessibility: Some handicap-accessible rooms are available, request upon booking.
  • Upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom lodge room

  • $105, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $210 value)
  • $135, valid on Friday and Saturday (up to a $230 value)

Two-night stay for up to six in a two-bedroom lake-view or Smith Creek cottage

  • $129, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $270 value)

    Included in all options:
  • Parking ($10 value)
  • Breakfast for two each morning ($40 value)

    Total value: up to $320

Getting There

  • By plane: 80 miles from Athens-Ben Epps Airport (AHN); 100 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • By car: About 100 miles northeast of Atlanta

Traveler's Tips

  • Personal nonmotorized boats are allowed on the property's lake.

Customer Reviews

233 Ratings

They are very helpful and friendly.
JOSEPHINE B. · January 13, 2015
The buffet was great.
Barbara E. · November 16, 2013
It was absolutely beautiful. Very nice rooms and the buffet was very good.
Ramona M. · November 9, 2013

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