City of Helen 100 years

Road Closure Due to Damage Repair


Earlier this year, the City of Helen experienced torrential rain which damaged a portion of Ridge Road. Repair of the road will begin Monday, July 12, 2021, and is expected to take approximately two weeks. During this time, the road will be closed at 114 Ridge Road. Anyone needing to access property between Escowee Road and 114 Ridge Road will need to do so from the City of Helen side. Anyone needing to access property between GA Alternate 75 and 114 Ridge Road will need to enter and exit from the GA Alternate 75 side. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but safety is the utmost concern. If you have any questions, please call Helen City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Helen Trout Tournament Postponed

Due to high water and unsafe river conditions, the 2021 Helen Trout Tournament at the Helen Chamber Festhalle is POSTPONED one weekThe event will occur on APRIL 3, 2021. The Festhalle will be open today, March 26, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow, March 27, 2021, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for fishermen to come in to pick up their tee-shirts and have any questions answered. Refunds will be available for those who cannot attend next weekend.
If you have any questions, please call the Helen Chamber of Commerce at 706-878-1908 or go to the Helen Trout Tournament on Facebook at Helen Trout Tournament | Facebook for continual updates. 

2020 Comprehensive Plan Survey

Are you happy with the direction your community is moving? Would you like to have an impact on the decisions being made that will help model your community's future for the next 10, 20, 30+ years?
White County and its municipalities, Helen and Cleveland, are updating their joint Comprehensive Plan which will guide development and capital projects for the future. If you wish to take part in this process, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and tell us your vision for the future of your community. Click on the link. White County - Cleveland - Helen Survey (
If you prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, you can pick one up at Helen City Hall, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Helen City Hall at 706-878-2733.

The Paving of Edelweiss and Chattahoochee Strasse

Two city streets will be getting refurbished. Edelweiss Strasse (from South Main Street to Chattahoochee Strasse) and Chattahoochee Strasse (from Edelweiss Strasse to North Main Street) will be milled and resurfaced. Weather permitting, milling is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 15, 2021 with paving beginning after the milling is complete. The project should take about four days depending on the weather. Road work will be performed in sections. While work is being done, that portion of the road will have limited access or be closed. To avoid delays, please do not travel in this area, but use other routes when possible.We are sorry for the inconvenience but are looking forward to having these roads refinished. If you have any questions, call City Hall at 706-878-2733, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m 

2020 Openings, Cancellations and Special Events Updates

Due to the COVID-19 Virus, the City of Helen would like to make you aware of several items.

The following 2020 Special Events will be held with restrictions as required by Governor Kemp’s Executive Order

  •             May 28-31 = US Rider News & Southeast Victory Rally
  •             June 13 = Shriner’s Parade

The following 2020 Special Events have been cancelled and will NOT be held:

  •             June 4-6 = Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race
  •             July 4 = Fireworks

The following businesses are scheduled to open on the following days:

Helen’s City Hall lobby will remain reopen Monday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. City Hall hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Business can still be conducted over the phone at 706-878-2733 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for those with health issues that may be limiting contact with the public. Payments and correspondences can also be made by mail to P.O. Box 280, Helen, GA 30545, put into the Utility Drop Box in front of City Hall or made by phone with a credit or debit card.

Reopening Short-term Rentals

Effective April 27, 2020 at 3:43 p.m., Governor Kemp signed Executive Order allowing short-term rentals to begin receiving guests (but are not required to open) on May 1, 2020. If you own a short-term rental, you must adhere to the strict guidelines in the Executive Order referring to "all businesses", especially Pages 11-14 where applicable. A link to this order is available in the "Reopen Helen" article.