Start your July 4th holiday weekend with a bang and run the Blue Ridge Freedom 5k. Then enjoy scenic hikes, surprisingly upscale local restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and antique and specialty shops, galleries. Blue Ridge was ranked by Southern Living Magazine as one of the 2020 South’s Best Mountain Towns, and 2019 Top Small Mountain Towns for Retirement.
Come on down to Cool River Tubing Company, located at the Gateway to the Mountains and the heart of Alpine Helen Georgia We are just about an hour north of Atlanta, GA. Here you can enjoy a fun-filled 1 hour or 2 hour tube adventure down the Chattahoochee River in the North Georgia Mountains. Floating down the river is a great way to reduce stress and enjoy the peace and serenity of the north Georgia mountains in beautiful Alpine Helen.
Explore Rabun County where Summer-time Living is Easy If outdoor adventure with small town charm is what your looking for this Summer – then Rabun County is your destination. Conveniently located just 90 miles from Atlanta this small northern corner of Georgia is bordered by South Carolina and North Carolina. All roads lead to wilderness and the great outdoors in Rabun County, as approximately, 60% of the land is in National Forest and State Parks. Scenic lakes area a major part of recreational activities and almost 20% is held by by Georgia Power for Lake Burton, Rabun, Seed, and Tallulah. [...]
From Atlanta, GA 116 mi From Chattanooga, TN 100 mi From Asheville, NC 120 mi From Greenville, SC 124 mi Trackrock Archeological Area - Visit this special site where the people of long ago carved their stories into the boulders of Track Rock. Petroglyph site of ancient Indian origin from which this mountain gap gets its name. Several hiking trails are located in this 52 acre area that is located off Trackrock Gap Rd. Lake Nottely Reservoir - This beautiful 4,180-acre lake has a dam reservoir that features a beach, camping area, hiking and is a popular place for viewing wildlife. [...]
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: Lake Blue Ridge Trail Length 0.6 mile - this loop trail follows the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge and offers a great view of the lake. It is flat and a good trail for families with young children. From Blue Ridge, take Old Business 5/Old US 76 east for 1.5 miles to Dry Branch Road. Turn right and go 3 miles to the [...]
A beautiful Bald Eagle has often been seen in the Hiawassee area. Keep your eyes open around Lake Chatuge, and maybe you’ll see him, too! About Bald Eagles • Bald eagles reach full maturity in four to five years. • The female bald eagle is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male. • Wingspan ranges from 6 to 7 1/2 feet! • Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph. • Several eagles soaring in a thermal together is described as a kettle [...]
Spring will soon be here and beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers will soon be in bloom. Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise of walking trails that burst with dogwood, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and rhododendron. Located on the banks of Lake Chatuge is Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendrons in the state of Georgia. Hamilton Gardens welcomes visitors to stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage of over 400 varieties of rhododendron. Beautiful overlooks, park benches, [...]
As everyone travels for the Spring and Summer, shouldn’t you feel welcomed and experience the comforts of home in a beautiful and friendly area? Habersham County encompasses many “Feel Right at Home” communities within it’s broad 270 plus miles of pastureland, mountains, river and streams that include the Chattahoochee National Forest. Explore the towns of Clarkesville, Cornelia, and Demorest for a variety of lodging including hotels, cabins, and B&B’s. Lake Russell and Tallulah Falls State Recreational areas invite camping and RV sites. Walking friendly brick lined streets in these towns invite you to see shops, restaurants, galleries, and antique stores [...]
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 of Ellijay or west of Dahlonega. Anna Ruby Falls Curtis Creek falls 153 feet and York Creek drops 50 feet down the slopes of Tray Mountain in twin waterfalls. The very steep 4/10 mile Anna Ruby Falls Trail is paved and has benches along [...]