Cornelia, GA2021-03-19T16:38:03-04:00

The quaint mountain town of Cornelia, Georgia, resides in Habersham County and originated as an agricultural center. During a destructive beetle-infestation in the 1920s, local farmers saved the town’s economy by switching from cotton to apple farming. When driving downtown today, visitors can’t miss the 7 foot tall Big Red Apple sculpture ”“ a historical symbol of survival.

Throughout the years, Cornelia has also become an inspiration for train-robbing folklore. The Wofford Trail was a site for many stagecoach robberies as well as the base operation for the 1956 Disney movie, The Great Locomotive Chase. In recent years, Cornelia has come alive again with the renovation of the old train depot.

Now, visitors flock to the square to attend annual festivals and events such as the Big Red Apple Festival and the Christmas Parade. In addition, people can visit the Cornelia City Park and the historic Chenocetah Fire Tower as well as hike to Minnehaha Falls.

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Things To Do

Cornelia’s Historic Depot – City of Cornelia

Come and take a walk through Cornelia’s exciting history! Our expert historian will give you a guided tour through the museum, and answer any questions you may have! Come and learn about the famous Tallulah Falls Railway, that shaped our city into what it is today! You can also learn about which famous historical figure stopped here in 1992! When your tour is done, grab a souvenir from our gift shop, and walk to any of our locally owned Downtown restaurants!

Elite Excursions & Wine Tours

Our goal is to create your perfect day! We can customize any tour, offering guided tastings at each stop along the way. Elite hopes to take that experience to the next level by giving a safe, guided tour with appreciation for our growing agritourism. So grab some of your closest friends, and be prepared to make new ones along the way! (more…)

Habersham Chamber

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains only 90 minutes from Atlanta, Habersham County is home to seven municipalities. With a diverse population of approximately 45,000, warm hospitality is offered to visitors who venture to this beautiful section of the state. The natural beauty of the area and our distinct four seasons attract many tourists. (more…)

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