City of Helen 100 years

Helen is Open

The City has had numerous calls asking if the City is opened for business. We are happy to announce that the majority of the town was unaffected by the recent flooding of the Chattahoochee River. The river is inside its banks again, and everyone is doing a tremendous job cleaning up the affected areas. All roads within the City are currently open including Georgia Highway 75/17 which runs from Helen to Hiawassee. The downtown district was unaffected by the high waters, and businesses are opened and ready for visitors. Helen Water Park will be closed until the clean up is completed. Tubing Companies will reopen when water levels are safe.  Again, the City is open and ready for you to come and enjoy it.

July the 4th, 2021

In observance of Independence Day, Helen City Hall will close Friday, July 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Utility bills due by the 5th can be put in the utility payment box outside City Hall or be brought into the office by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and will not be considered late. Those wishing to obtain an Alcohol Servers Permit on Friday will not be penalized since there will not be a class on Friday, but will need to come to Wednesday's class at 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please call Helen City Hall at 706-878-2733 Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Fireworks will be held July 4th at dusk and can be seen from almost any location in downtown Helen. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

Automatic Bank Draft Payments Now Available for Utility Billing

The City of Helen would like to inform you that automatic bank draft payments are now available for your utility bill. Complete the form and return it to Helen City Hall along with a check or a deposit slip to sign up. If you have any questions, please call 706-878-2733, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Debit Authorization Form 

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