Helen’s Georgia Mountain Coaster – Now Habersham
The last time I saw alpine toboggans running on slopes in the summer was in Austria. The track went straight down a large hill, covered with summer flowers. The kids loved it. When I heard we had an alpine roller coaster nearby in Helen, Georgia, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The roller coaster in Helen is so much better than anything we saw years ago in Austria.
Alpine roller coasters are nothing new to the United States. Several are found in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. The Georgia Mountain Coaster is the first in the state of Georgia.
Alpine roller coasters are different from the roller coasters found in theme parks in the United States. Each sled works individually and can take up to two people. While the sleds can travel a maximum of 27 miles per hour, each is equipped with a handbrake that the rider can control.
The Georgia Mountain Coaster is built on part of the mountain on the southwest side of town. After loading a sled, the sled moves slowly to the top of the mountain, then begins its descent in a curve, circle, and descent. The cries and cries of the riders descend to echo along the mountain. Interestingly, if one sled on the track is moving slower than the others, the sleds behind it are held until the slower sled comes down. It’s planned that way so that every rider has the opportunity to go as slowly or as fast as they want without taking away the fun of others.
Georgia Mountain Coaster was built by Terry Sims, who also owns Cool River Tubing for tubing along the Chattahoochee River, and Cool River Adventures, an aerial adventure park. Sims built the mile-long Alpine roller coaster on land that spans over 10 acres. The coaster can have up to 30 sleds on the track at the same time.
The Georgia Mountain Coaster follows a mile-long track full of exciting twists and turns.
Georgia Mountain Coaster has become a huge draw for the over two million visitors who come to Helen each year. The coaster is open seven days a week: Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost for a descent of the mountain is $ 15.00 for adults, $ 12.00 for children aged 7 to 12, and $ 6.00 for children aged 3 to 6. The second trip is half the price.
Note that the driver must be at least 54 inches tall and all riders must be at least 38 inches tall and be three years of age or older. There is also a weight limit for each sled: in dry weather, the weight of the two pilots cannot exceed 375 pounds; in wet weather, the weight limit in the sled cannot exceed 330 pounds. For more information, see their website.
Helen, Georgia, is also known for its river tubing, alpine shopping, wine tasting, and gold panning. Over the past two years, new activities have been added to attract people of all ages to the city. While you visit Helen, check out some of these new options: