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    Default Helen Ga parking

    I知 planning a hike from the 24th-29th of September. I値l be finishing at Unicoi gap, and crashing in a hotel on the 29th. My problem is where to park my car. Does anyone offer parking for a fee for a couple of days? I知 sure the hotel will only have it for the next guy I知 staying.
    Also, if anyone knows a good shuttle driver, let me know. Thanks everyone.

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    I left my car at unicoi gap for 10 days on one hike. No problem. I have never had vandalism issues in North Georgia or anywhere else for that matter.

    Park there and shuttle to your starting point.

    For shuttles, I always use Joyce and Sally. 706-896-9339. They can offer you a parking spot if needed in Hiawassee.

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    unicoi is moderately busy hwy
    But i leave my vehicle there, no issues

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    Call Ron Brown, he is top notch. Also, park at Unicio gap I parked there for 6 days no problem, GA has historically had break ins in many years past, but haven't heard of any reoccurring problems for many years, not since I have been hiking the AT.


    I stayed at the quality inn in Helen and it was a good place. They have a spirits store with a great craft beer selection next door.

    We ate at the Heidelberg in Helen and it was a great experience but outdated lol
    Trail Miles: 5,125.9
    AT Map 1: Completed 13-21'
    Sheltowee Trace: Completed 20-23'
    Pinhoti Trail: Completed 23-24'
    GSMNP900: 134.7(16.8%)
    Foothills Trail: 47.9
    AT Map 2: 279.4
    CDT: 210.9
    BMT: 52.7

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    Unicorn Gap is overall a safe place to park, although there have been break ins and vandalism as recently as last year.

    Ron Brown and Joyce and Sally are both excellent choices for shuttle drivers.

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    Check with Brown.

    I believe the end of September is the start up of Helen's Oktoberfest and some fall leaf season. Going to be packed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    Check with Brown.

    I believe the end of September is the start up of Helen's Oktoberfest and some fall leaf season. Going to be packed.
    Don't think its a little early for fall colors that far south TV? I would put more money on mid to late October, but you are correct about the October fest, best to get a room asap if you want one in Helen during that time

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    I left my car at Unicoi for a week. Nice big parking area, lots of use. My bro left his at the falls so I can't recommend a shuttle service, but parking there felt it was very safe.
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