The Best Things to Enjoy During a North Georgia Winter

Georgia offers an array of activities that visitors can enjoy year-round, but winter is one of the best times to explore the area. Whether you’re looking to trek through the mountain wilderness or stay warm by enjoying indoor activities, you’ll find everything you need in our area! We have the best things you’ll want to discover during your North Georgia winter stay.

Everything You Need to Enjoy a North Georgia Winter

North Georgia Winter Weather

Since North Georgia is a mountain region, temperatures drop lower here than in neighboring cities nearby. During the months of January and February, highs usually hover around the low to mid-50s and lows often drop below freezing at night. The weather begins to warm up in March with highs reaching the 60s. Clarkesville, GA, averages two inches of snowfall each year. Always check the weather forecast to be sure your suitcase is full of everything you need. 

What to Pack

A light jacket is usually enough to stay comfortable in late March, but you’ll want to be prepared for the cold if you’re planning a visit earlier in the year. It’s a good idea to come prepared with hats, gloves, and a winter coat to stay warm after the sun goes down. If you plan to venture into the mountains, be sure to come prepared with hiking shoes. You’ll want to be ready for anything! 

Outdoor Activities

There’s a seemingly unlimited number of outdoor activities that you can enjoy during the chilly months. The North Georgia mountains offer excellent hiking trails available year-round. Grab your warm clothes, and hit the trails to catch some incredible mountain views.  

There are multiple state parks to choose from including Tallulah Gorge State Park, Moccasin Creek State Park, and don’t forget the Chattahoochee National Forest! Each offers breathtaking scenery, and, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot some snow-capped mountains. You can’t beat the sights you’ll find in the outdoor haven of North Georgia. 

Another great way to spend time outdoors is by visiting the Bavarian village of Helen, GA. This German town seems to come straight out of a storybook, and you’ll have no trouble finding ways to enjoy yourself. Indulge in authentic German brews, bratwursts, and over 200 specialty shops, all while strolling through charming cobblestone streets.

Indoor Activities

Although the outdoors tend to be Clarkesville’s top attraction, there are plenty of other ways to stay toasty and enjoy yourself indoors. The charming downtown Clarkesville area offers a unique experience that’s full of history and excellent shopping opportunities. Pop in and out of the many shops in search of the perfect souvenir. Something is sure to catch your eye! Choose a few pieces to add to your wardrobe or snag something special to help you remember your trip. 

Enjoy Fine Dining

There’s never a shortage of delicious food in Clarkesville. The Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant serves award-winning food in a cozy dining area. The rustic atmosphere and fireside experience are reason enough to visit the area! The restaurant operates Wednesday through Saturday during the winter season. Be sure the book your reservation in advance to ensure you get a table! You won’t want to miss this rustic eatery. 

Visit a Winery 

  • There are multiple beautiful wineries to visit in North Georgia. The Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been a staple winery in Helen, GA, since 1983. Enjoy a complimentary indoor tasting and take a self-guided tour to see the wine-making process using French-American grapes.
  • Grabbing a glass at Tiger Mountain Vineyards is always a great way to spend an afternoon. Explore the French varieties at this boutique wine in Tiger, GA. Make a reservation in advance if you’re interested in a group tour. Then, head over to the on-site restaurant, Red Barn Cafe, for a bite to eat afterward. 

Browse a Museum

Take a trip into the fast at the Firefox Museum and Heritage Center. Learn about Southern Appalachian traditions and dive into the rich culture born in the surrounding hills. You can explore over 100 acres of historic land that holds ten authentic log cabins, as well as artifacts and tools used over180 years ago. Reaching the museum does require hiking up a fairly steep mountain, so be sure to be prepared with hiking shoes. 


Winter is one of the best times of year to visit North Georgia. The area is bustling with plenty of things to do if you know where to look! 

  • The Hogpen Hill Climb at Unicoi State Park is a Georgia favorite. This event always draws a crowd. Join us for this 18k run, one of the toughest around! All proceed go towards Northeast Georgia Habitat for Humanity. 
  • The Helen Winter Art Festival attracts arts and crafts lovers from all over. Come explore pieces made by local artists and craftsmen. 
  • The March to the River & River Parade in Habersham County is one event you definitely won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras this year. 

Discover even more things to do in the North Georgia mountains

Experience Rustic Luxury at Glen-Ella Springs Inn 

Stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn to indulge in luxury during your time in Georgia. Our cozy bed and breakfast offers tranquility away from the hustle and bustle while also giving guests easy access to all of these wonderful activities. Your Georgia experience isn’t complete without a stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

Book your stay in our Penthouse Suite to enjoy high-class amenities. You’ll find a spacious room with quality linens, reading chairs by the gas log fireplace, and plenty of natural light. You can rest assured that your time in Georgia will be spent enjoying only the best. Book this room, or choose from our other accommodations that can suit your needs. We look forward to hosting your mountain getaway. 


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