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Annual German Volksmarsch is “A Walk in the Woods”

Annual German Volksmarsch is “A Walk in the Woods” ( HELEN, GA - The Alpine Helen Volkswanderung Club is holding its 24th Annual “A Walk in the Woods” Volksmarch on April 18, 2009. Choose one of two 6.2 mile (10 km) trails: the shaded Unicoi/Helen Trail in Unicoi State Park is a smooth, well-marked and year-round AVA trail with lots of switchbacks on the major slopes; the Smithgall Woods Trail is a gravel access road in the Smithgall Wildlife Refuge State Park. Both trails have a 3+ rating, designated by the American Volkssport Association®.

Volksmarching, from the German “Volksmarsch” meaning “peoples’ march,” is a non-competitive 3.1 mile (5 km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) walk on an outdoor path. A fun activity you can do with a club, family, friends, pet, or by yourself, the Volksmarch is recorded by participants for distance or participation in their Record Book Guide. You do not have to belong to a Volkswanderung club to enjoy Volksmarch events.

April colors the North Georgia Mountain landscape with the purples, pinks, reds and oranges of Lady’s slipper, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, wild flame azaleas, irises, wild violets, rhododendrons, and dogwoods. You might spy blue heron along Smith Creek and lazy trout in Duke’s Creek. Alpine Helen-White County has plenty for the nature or outdoor enthusiast to enjoy, from fishing the Chattahoochee River to hiking Ana Ruby Falls, horseback riding, mountain biking, grubbing for gold, exploring the mines, playing adventure golf and more.

24th Annual “A Walk in the Woods” Volksmarch
Alpine Helen-White County

Date: April 18, 2009
Hours: The 10 km registration /start time is from 7:00 am-12:00 pm (noon). The 20 km registration/start time is from 7-10 am. The walk must be completed by 4:00 p.m.
Location: The starting point is in the Festhalle Biergarten located at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse.
Cost: US$3 for AVA credit; no charge if you are not walking for credit.

With German-spiced restaurants, Old World towers and balconies, and specialty
and import shops tucked along its strasses and platzes, gingerbread-trimmed Helen is a storybook re-creation of an alpine village perched alongside
the Chattahoochee River in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Alpine Helen-White County attractions include shopping and dining in a Bavarian-themed village while German music adds oom pah pah from outdoor speakers, Charlemagne’s Kingdom (world’s largest Alpine model railroad museum, Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, The Glassblowing Shop, Glass Mountain Gallery, Elvis-style Remember When Theatre, Sautee-Nacoochee with Old Sautee Store, Habersham Winery and Scarlett’s Secrets, and Babyland General Hospital—home of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

For more details, contact the Alpine Helen-White County Convention&Visitors Bureau by calling toll-free 1-800-858-8027 or visit .

Debbie Gagliolo Phone: 706-878-3842 Email:;;

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