Community Spotlight: Rabun County

Relax in Rabun North Georgia’s Summer Retreat Lake Burton In the midst of life’s hustle and bustle, there’s an undeniable allure to escaping it all and immersing oneself in the serenity of a relaxing vacation. Whether it’s the flowing waters of a glimmering lake, the rustle of leaves in a secluded forest, or the breathtaking vistas of mountain ranges, Rabun County offers a variety of activities to soothe the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. Nature has an unparalleled ability to instill a sense of calm and perspective and Rabun County has approx. 150,000 acres of National Forest land and 20% is owned by Georgia Power for Lake Burton, Rabun, Seed, and Tallulah. If boating, water-sports, swimming or fishing help you cool off on a hot summer day then Rabun County has several lakes with the largest being Lake Burton. Offering three activity areas of Jones Bridge Park, Timpson Cove Beach, or Murray Cove all offer shoreline and picnic areas. Lake Rabun is the second largest with Nacoochee Park and Rabun Beach. Fees are usually required for fishing and catches include bass, bream, perch, trout and catfish. If your looking for cool waters to beat the heat, the Chattooga River borders Georgia and South Carolina and is recognized as one of the Southeast’s premier whitewater area. Over 50 miles of river flows from the Appalachian Mountains to Lake Tugaloo offering class II – V rapids. Black Rock State Park Rabun County boasts on having “three Georgia State Parks” with Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton and off the Scenic Hwy. 197. Black Rock Mountain State Park to the North and takes it’s name from the shear dark granite wall that is visible from long distances. Within the State Park there are four scenic overlooks. Visitors enjoying backpacking for day trips, hiking on the trails and fishing on the 17 acre lake. Near Black Rock Mtn. is home to the famed “Foxfire” Museum & Heritage Center. The project of Foxfire magazine was based on interviewing local people and publishing their stories, which inspired numerous schools across the country to develop similar programs. The museum offers a self-guided tour through the authentic village showing the trades of early settlers Dillard House Traveling north a beautiful valley surrounded by farmland and mountains leads to the community of Dillard that dates back to the earliest documented white settlers in 1794. Visitors have been welcomed to farm fresh family-style meals at the Dillard House Restaurant since 1917 which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The town has an old time feel with antique shops, markets, welcoming accommodations, plus arts & crafts to help you savor the simple life. To view high atop the Mountains take a beautiful scenic drive on Highway 246 toward Sky Valley, Ga. to see an aerial perspective from lookouts. The area offers abundant hiking, waterfalls and scenic flora. Georgia’s highest city, with an elevation of 3,500 ft. is home to Sky Valley [...]