Helen, Georgia

Unicoi State Park and Lodge

Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia
Phone: (706) 878-2201

Sites: 84
Recent Rate: $40 8/2015

Latitude: 34.7263237756735
Longitude: -83.7171936035156

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

32 Reviews

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Palomino Highwall

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park and very convenient to downtown Helen. Service was very good although no wifi or tv signal. The buffet at the lodge is very good when it's open. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Take a short hike up to Anna Ruby Falls, Very nice.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived on Memorial Day Weekend, the campground was full. There were mostly tents and very few rvs. The campsites are nice size and level. We had a buddy campsite in Laurel Ridge (#34) big enough for an RV and a tent. There was no bath house on our level and area. We had to descend about 2 stories of steps to get to the nearest bath house and wait to shower because there were only 2 shower stalls for lots of campers. The bath house was usually very messy. Saw a bear trying to get into the garbage cans by our campsite. After Memorial Day the campground cleared out quickly. The trails that we went on were beautiful and well kept. The scenery is very nice. We fished out of kayacks and the kids even caught some small brim. There is a small stream that runs close to the playground and the kids loved playing in the cool water. The beach and swimming area leaves something to be desired. We ate dinner at the lodge restaurant and the buffet was overpriced ($18) and not very good, the whole catfish was not fully cooked. There was no wifi signal that we could find. We camped here for 5 nights. We would camp here again. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Upon arrival, the desk clerks told us they just had selected our site, and had the paperwork handy. Checking in didn't take more than 3 minutes. We asked for the stickers for the Georgia RV Program (not all parks have them, so we make it a point in asking for them) and the clerk handed us 3. We only stayed 2 nights, so that great! The site was very nice, the rig backed into the top site, one step down we had a similar size site for recreation, with a fire ring and a picnic table. The visitor center is a short walk down the hill. Staff at the center was very friendly and helpful. The beach is a comfortable walk along a trail. Mind you, the water is cold! There is also a very nice foot trail to the lodge. Personnel at the lodge were setting up for a banquet and had closed the gift shop early, but when we notified someone we were unhappy about that, they opened up the shop for us, with the entrance through the tavern. They were also showing a (free) movie on Friday night, but we didn't want to walk back along the trail in the dark, so we didn't stay for that. The trail turned out to be well lighted, we were pleased with that. They seemed to have a lot of activities at the lodge. We were very happy with our stay and will certainly stay again. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

We visited the park for a short one night stay. We made our reservations online and upon arrival we discovered that an additional five dollar vehicle parking fee had to be paid. This was not a surprise we appreciated. Our in advance reservations reserved a site, but the sites are given out on a first come first choose basis. In other words we were guaranteed a site, but we were given a map at registration and told to drive through the campground until we found an empty site marked with a "white" reflector. We could then take any of the sites so marked. The bathrooms were fairly clean, but well worn. They were close to our campsite and seemed to be fairly well located to the loop where we were staying. We did not visit the park amenities as we were passing through. Helen GA, is located a short drive from the park. It was already decorated for Christmas and looked like a great place to spend the day. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Tent Trailer.

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J Gravely

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Unicoi is a beautiful state park with a nice lake and swimming area and nice trails for mountain biking. It is also next to Helen, GA where there is a lot to do. The CG is just OK. It is a single line of campsites along a stream but the sites are a little close together for my tastes and there is no view. It is too bad that, with all the land of the park, they could not have made the campground nicer. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped here repeatedly and find Unicoi to be a solid gateway to the North Georgia mountains. The campground is located off beautiful Smith Lake, but not situated on the water, except for the sewer sites that are located on a stream that flows to it. Sites are situated close to each other, so privacy is limited and they do need to be updated, but it is a beautiful setting and always shaded. Restrooms, except for the one in the tent area, are beginning to show wear, and there are two that are quite old. The park offers a wealth of weekly activities, including folk singing and Sunday church services. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

First off let me say that parking the rv in the sites was very , very difficult . To say the sites are tight is an understatement. I'm sure more than 1 person has had to put a transmission in their truck because of these "hills" . Steep hills, tight roads, uneven lots , camp fire rings too close to camper to even use. On the up side I would like to say that the park is beautiful. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Fifth Wheel.

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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in site #26 FHU Big Brook Campground. Our site was part paved and part gravel. We had a fire ring/grill combo, picnic table and lantern pole. W/E/S with 2-30A plugs and 1-20A plug in electrical box. Site was very shady but not very wide. We had just enough room to put out our opposing slides but could not use our awning. So we set up our EZUP behind the RV and put out our chairs facing the stream. Only 2 sites actually have a view of the stream #26 & #27. No TV reception at all and SAT was hard to get as well. We were directly across from the bathhouse which had 2 showers and 3 toilets, mostly used by the camp above us, Laurel Ridge. We also had the trash cans and recycling bins in front of our site. After 2 days the recycling cans were full and campers were leaving their bottles and cans on top of the trash cans. There are 3 areas in which to camp for RV's:Big Brook (FHU), Laurel Ridge (W/E), and Little Brook (W/E). Hickory Hollow (walk-in) and Squirrel's Nest (platform walk-in). There is also the Unicoi Lodge, cottages, cabins, and Quonset huts to stay in. There is a dump area in Little Brook. Campers need to check in at the Lodge and not in the campground. You get a color coded card to match to the site poles and you can choose among the ones from your color card which campsite you want. Our camp host didn't seem too friendly, we were there a week and they never seemed to venture off their own site. At check in we were told there was bear activity in the campground. We met him personally on the 2nd day we were there. He came right up to my husband who was outside eating his breakfast. My husband ran inside but wasn't able to grab his milk and the bear helped himself to it. We had another sighting of him in our camp 2 days after that. I feel the camp hosts should be policing the campers better and informing to not leave food out that the bears can get at, but they are not. Like I said we hardly saw our host. Because they are not policing the bear will be euthanized when caught. We also saw 3 deer, many types of birds and butterflies, and squirrels in the park. The park has an interpretive center with a trading post that sells camping stuff and ice cream/sodas. There are several programs a day for children. There is a lake front beach with paddle boats and canoes to rent. Several docks to fish from. There are many trails to mountain bike or hike. Anna Ruby Falls trail is about 4.8 miles one way from the park. The Lodge has a restaurant that has a buffet for every meal. There is also a craft store and Wi-Fi can be accessed there. The town of Helen is about 3 miles away from Unicoi. Try to visit on a weekend because during the week many shops are closed or open late in the day. Check out Betty's Grocery for anything you need, their prices are reasonable on most everything. Stop at Fred's famous Peanuts for boiled peanuts at Hwy 17/75 & 356. Go tubing on the "Hooch" with Cool River Tubing, take the 2 hour trip it's well worth it. The water was cold but the tubes have bottoms so you don't hurt yourself on the rocks. We also visited Anna Ruby Falls ($2pp) which is right next door. Then traveled to Brasstown Bald the highest point in GA, stopped at Goats on the Roof for fantastic fudge and shirts. We then hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail and stopped for wine, pottery, and specialty grains at Nacoochee Village. We ate lunch at Troll Tavern and watched the tubers from the patio. We also did a farther trip to Mercier Orchards in Blairsville for cider and novelties. We would love to camp here again in the future. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park. We stayed a week in a full hook up site (there are only about a dozen of these, I believe) and the sites were VERY shaded and were only steps away from a small creek. Be weary however regarding units with multiple slides. We have two slides and by my estimate only a few of the sites would have accommodated us. Restrooms were cleaned regularly, but like at most state parks they are not cooled. We will definitely stop there again. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived a bit on the late side, so I was expecting sites to be limited. We did however have reservations for a large site so I was confident we would not have an issue in that respect. Upon arriving, I drove around trying to find an available site (Georgia State Parks do not reserve specific sites only by size which are color coded) After several laps around the park without success we sought the help of the campground host. After I told him that there were tents in the sites coded for larger units he said that he was not sure what he could do. Basically, I had a reservation that was useless. He did manage to locate me one spot that according to the color code would be large enough. He offered to guide me in backing since the site was to say the least..tight. After he about helped back me into a nearby car I heard the "thunk" that strikes fear into the hearts of all RV'ers. The thunk wound up being the power box. Looking at my bent bike rack he announced "Well you can get it from here," and promptly left. I was not a happy camper to say the least. The sites in this section did not really correspond to the color coding normally found in parks we have previously stayed. There is very little space between sites and not much room to open your awning and sit out dooors. We have camped at numerous GA State Parks and thus far, this has been our least favorite. On the plus side, the hiking trails and lake are fun. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Most of the sites are partially or heavily wooded. There are a limited number of full hookups with 50 AMP electric. The sites are narrow (12-13'). There are several sites that will handle a 40' motorhome. The park is nothing short of beautiful in the Fall. There is a great deal of wildlife. Spent a week here at the height of leaf season and did not get bored. Lots of hiking/nature trails. There are multiple area attractions including Anna Ruby Falls (Federal Park). This is the place for a week of getting in tune with nature in the Northeast GA mountains. Elevation is about 1850' above sea level. Great roads and easy access. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful scenic campground in the mountains of Georgia. This is a state park and you must go to the lodge to register before camping. Only about 8 sites large enough for our motorhome and no cable or internet access. Satellite reception is possible at certain sites. We were lucky enough to get one. Some pet owners refused to pick up after their animals. Restrooms and showers were very clean, and the rangers rode through with some regularity. Excellent restaurants and entertainment nearby. Even with Verizon, cell phone use is limited. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here years ago in our pop-up camper and decided to come back with our new travel trailer. We have stayed at Unicoi numerous times over the last 11 years: both in the campground and in the Lodge and have never had a bad experience. We stayed in the full hook up area. The sites were adequate. Nothing fancy. On the spot we chose we were able to position our camper to open the slide outs around the electric/water posts, but we were not able to open the awning due to a tree. Which was fine because you are under a canopy of trees anyway. The bathrooms were clean and modern. I did not use the shower. There is also laundry facilities at the bathhouse. We did have a bear come through the campsites one evening which brought some excitement. There is so much to do at Unicoi SP as well as Helen. You can go swimming, canoeing, fishing at the state park as well as mountain bike and hike its many trails. There is also Anna Ruby Falls which is a fun thing to do. In Helen, you have to go tubing. I don't care if it's the only thing you get to do, you have to do it! There are many shops and restaurants here. One of our favorite restaurants is the Troll Tavern. It's fun to sit outside and watch the tubers go by. Also, don't forget to stop by Nora Mills Granary and get some grits to take home, amongst a bunch of other things they sell. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

What a beautiful and clean state park. We paid a little extra for the full hookup that was located in a full shaded area. In fact, all the camp sites are full shade. There is a nice beach on the lake for summer-time swimming. There is a cold stream for the trout fisherman and a nice size lake for the bass/catfish/bluegill if you prefer. The lodge has a GREAT restaurant with mountain trout served at every meal. If you like hiking, then you must camp here. The trails are well maintained and marked well. The town of Helen is adorable with some nice eating establishments. I highly recommend this park for all forms of camping. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Georgia has some beautiful state parks and this one is no exception. We loved it here: it's very shaded, level sites and in the woods, just like we like it. Lots to do around here: Helen, great hiking, etc. Will definitely be back. We camped at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

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