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Helen November 19 – December 9 Festival of Trees Unicoi State Park November 20-21 Native America Mini Camp Smithgall Woods State Park December 2-3, 9-10 Christkindlmarkt Helen Festhalle December 9 Christmas Parade Helen December 16 Breakfast with Santa Unicoi State Park & Lodge December 31 – January 1 Dropping of the Edelweiss Helen Festhalle February… [read more »]

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Long before the area was established, this was the center of Cherokee Indian culture with villages scattered throughout Nacoochee and what is now known as Helen valleys.  As structures were built in 1813, the Cherokees approved construction of the Unicoi Turnpike, which is now is Hwy. 17 / 75 towards Hiawassee.  Then as Cherokee’s left… [read more »]

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association presents Arts in the Park October 14 & 15 For exhibit, event, and class information visit: www.BlueRidgeArts.net

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Hiawassee September 16 5th Annual Celebrate Autumn Arts & Crafts Show Towns County Recreation Center September 16, 23, 30 Vino & Vibes Hightower Creek Vineyards September 30 Family Hiking Day Appalachian Trail October 7, 14 Vino & Vibes Hightower Creek Vineyards October 13-21 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 10 AM-8 PM October 28… [read more »]

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The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937: •    Is a unit of the National Park Service. •    Is the nation’s longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,178 miles. •    Is the first national scenic trail, designated in 1968. •    Crosses six national parks. •    Traverses eight national forests. •    Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences… [read more »]

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Many visitors come to explore the hundreds of  trails through North Georgia’s National Forest. Whether you want to see a waterfall, like to go hiking, biking, or horseback riding, here are some suggestions for a trail adventure: Blue Ridge  Long Branch Loop Length: 2.0 miles • Rating: Easy. Hiking and mountain bicyclists only. From Blue… [read more »]

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If you are looking for a quite getaway with breathtaking vistas and seclusion that are hard to find anywhere else,  then travel west of Ellijay to the shorelines of Carters Lake. Built and owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers it is a private lake without docks or houses along the shoreline. The lake… [read more »]

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Amicalola Falls The highest waterfall in Georgia, falling 729 feet in seven cascades. At the base of the falls, there is a parking area, a reflection pool, and 3/10-mile paved trail leading to an observation deck at the top of the falls. Directions: from Dahlonega, Amicalola State Park’s entrance is on GA Highway 52, east… [read more »]

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Habersham County’s Summer Playground at Lake Russell & Nearby Cornelia Lake Russell Recreational Area is situated along the peaceful shore of the 100-acre Lake Russell, this developed recreation area offers 42 campsites that accommodate both tent and RV camping and a picnic shelter with seating for 30 is available on a first come first serve… [read more »]