Take a Road Trip journey to Cleveland that is often referred to as the “Gateway to the North Georgia Mountains”. Discover new things happening in this historic charmed town with a round about, quaint shops, and friendly folks to make you feel welcomed.
Truett McConnell University is now celebrating 70 years for this college founded in 1946. This private Christian liberal arts and sciences university, offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The campus has over 417 acres and continues to expand while keeping it’s unique history on establishing a school to educate ministers. The Cofer Library keeps a collection of over 950 volumes that encompasses hundreds of years of Baptist history.
Historical Courthouse was constructed with handmade bricks in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the White County History Museum is located in the old courthouse and houses artifacts that depict life in the North Georgia mountains for the past 150 years.
Downtown Square take a stroll around the square with quaint shops, stores, and restaurants. This is wonderful place to sip at a Soda Fountain, browse for antiques, shop for outdoor gear, home décor, local crafts, sweet treats or homemade goods. Eat by the Creek at Creekside Deli downtown restaurants meals are made with fresh local ingredients from farms in the area.
Freedom Park is host to many of Cleveland’s family fun events including September 28th for the 12th Annual Agri-Fest and the 9th Annual Pottery show. Get upclose to Alpacas, goats, cows and other farm animals. Locally made crafts, produce, live music, and harvest-themed kids activities.
Wine, Brews, Pubs, & Coffee – Raise a glass to “locally made” with a visit to one of the unique wineries, pubs, or craft brewery in the Cleveland area. The rolling hills and sandy soil provide the perfect setting and climate for vineyards. Enjoy mead and coffee tastings at Jumpin Goat Coffee Roasters while enjoying breathtaking views of Mt. Yonah.
Mt. Yonah is an iconic landmark that people admire for it’s grandeur. “Yonah” is the Cherokee word for Bear, and the mountain was considered to be a spiritual and sacred power point to the Native Americans. Mt. Yonah is 3,166 ft. in elevation and the top of the cliffs of this granite monolith were once used as a ceremonial site. Just off Hwy. 75 north of Cleveland shop at The Rustic Shoppe for unique treasures or see the Historic Train and visit Mt. Yonah Book Exchange & Southern Fried Vinyl Record Store. Stay at Gabby’s Cabins for the weekend and relax by the creek.
Gold Mining & Outdoor Adventure – As the Gold Rush started in the late 1820’s in White County many people still look today for gold and gemstones. There’s a lot of panning that still goes on in the North Georgia like Gold ‘n Gem Grubbin where you can pan for gold by the river. Other outdoor recreational activities like kayaking, rafting, or canoeing can be done on the Chattahoochee River with Wildwood Outfiiters.
Babyland General is the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids®. This is where Xavier Roberts created the first soft-sculpture babies that started worldwide history. Quilted dolls soon formed “Little People” which evolved into Babyland General. Today this 70,000 sq. ft. building is located on 96 acres off Hulsey Rd.
Smithgall Woods State Park is a mountain retreat and angler’s paradise on one of north Georgia’s premier trout streams. Perfect for spending the day hiking and viewing nature at it’s best. Nearby Country Hideaway can be a peaceful place to stay in Mountain Lakes resort area located on Hwy. 75 Alternate near the entrance of this 5,664 acre State Park & Visitor’s Center.