Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Waterfalls, and an Alpine Village in the Georgia mountains


Blairsville, Georgia (high 79, low 57)


When we visited Tallulah Gorge State Park back in August with Bill and Nancy, we were told that on certain week-ends they had water releases from the dam.  All the lakes and rivers around here are controlled by a series of dams.

At Tallulah, they have ascetic water releases on most week-ends in September an October.  In November, they have a couple of major releases for the whitewater rafting events.   We would love to see that, but we’re not sure we’ll still be here in November.

We decided to take a run down to Tallulah yesterday and see how different it was with more water running through the gorge.

Here is a photo from overlook 2 yesterday.

Tallulah Gorge

Here is the same spot back in August. 

Talullah Gorge over look 2

This is the spillover from the dam yesterday.

Tallulah Gorge

You could really see the difference from August.

Talullah Falls dam

On the way to Tallulah, we stopped at another waterfall that we had heard about.

It’s in the little town of Toccoa Falls and the waterfalls is on the college campus.

It’s a short walk to the falls from the visitor center.

Toccoa Falls

It’s another beautiful waterfall.    186 feet.

Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls

There were way too many people, but that’s what we get for going on a week-end.

Toccoa Falls

In 1977, the dam that held the lake back broke, flooding the area below. It killed 39 people and injured 60.

Not a pleasant thought standing in the same area.

Toccoa Falls

We discovered nearby Currahee Military Museum, and considered visiting, but decided to do it another day, as we were running out of time and still had another place to go.


Our other planned stop was to visit the nearby town called “Alpine Helen.”

They were having an arts and craft show to kick off the Oktoberfest celebration, which started yesterday (September),  and runs through November, I think. Oktoberfest???

It turned out to be a mistake, because there were such big crowds.   It reminded me a little of Key West.  There were lots of musicians playing, some street performers and of course lots of people.

Helen, is a pretty little town, but not really our cup of tea.  Still, if you’re up in this area, you should see Helen at least once.

Helen, GA 


Alpine Helen, Georgia

I threw in a few pictures from last year, before the Oktoberfest crowds.  I had trouble getting decent pictures yesterday due to all the cars and people.


We found a place to park, and walked through the craft show, which was minimal.

We did enjoy listening to the different bands playing.

The busses continually ran through carrying tubes for the people who wanted to float down the river.

Alpine Helen, Georgia

Alpine Helen, Georgia

This is a cropped shot of this guy.  I swear he was holding a baby all wrapped up in a blanket.  He is the one laying down on his back on this float.  If it was a baby, it must have been a very young one.  He almost tipped over several time, when he came to the rapids.



This street performer was amazing.  He didn’t move a muscle until you put money in his bucket.


Apparently, he works out a lot!  :)

Alpine Helen, Georgia

He had a friend that was all painted in gold. His hair shimmered in the sun and it was quite pretty, but the sun was not at the right angle so I never got a picture.

The horse drawn carriages were quite busy.   I felt a little sorry for the horses.

Helen, GA


Alpine Helen, Georgia

We managed to kill another day, left tired, and headed home via some squiggly mountain roads.


When we got home, we were surprised to find Merikay and Craig all tucked into their spot in River’s Edge.   We knew they were coming, but we weren’t expecting them until the 22nd.  It was a nice surprise.  We went over and introduced ourselves, and took them for a happy hour ride on the golf cart. 

Welcome to Rivers Edge Merikay and Craig!


  1. What a lovely little town, despite the crowds. I really like the little swiss places, like Solvang in California. Enjoy Merikay & Craig, they are great people!

  2. Just think, in a few weeks the fall colors will be out and even more people will visit Helen and the surrounding area. Then you and Al can just sit out on the deck and enjoy the colors without the crowds!

  3. Great comparison pictures of the falls and the spillover. Not being a dam lover it is sad to me that the rivers are so regulated. I can sympathize about forgetting it is a week-end day and going to do something and finding there are way too many people. Hope it was a hot day for all those pink tubes in the river. Looks like an interstate there are so many.

  4. I have been away for a bit, just mentally, not in real life, but it is nice to see you having fun in the pretty Georgia Mountains with good weather and sunny skies. It even looks like it might not be humid. Nice shots of an area I have never seen

  5. So much fun, Merikay and Craig are really making the rounds on this, their first year out. Enjoy the company.

  6. That guy is buff from lifting all the money in his bucket, tourists are generous. How much did you drop in? ;c)

    I have the Currahee Museum on my bucket list, where the real Band of Brothers trained in WWII.

  7. Alpine Helen reminds us of the town of Frankenmuth in Michigan. They have very few street performers but do have the Horse Drawn carriages ans is the home of Bronner's Christmas Store open 363 days a year. The high German profile really makes it work.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.


  8. Great photos this post ....... You all will have a great time with Merikay and Craig....Sure hope the weather will be nice ....enjoy the good company !!!

  9. Lpve watching the local buskers on the street, always make for a fun outing.


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