*Towns County, often referred to as "The Enchanted Valley" has over 40 miles of hiking trails, a 30 acres botanical garden at Hamilton Gardens, gorgeous mountain backdrops, and an active water sports industry, it is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast. Further, Hiawassee has a charming, small-town feel, perfect for an afternoon of shopping, eating and visiting galleries or antique malls. Young Harris is alive with the presence of Young Harris College and its student population.
On the Water:
Lake Chatuge is a beautiful retreat for anyone seeking to escape the demands of city life. from a day of boating and snacking from a floating ice cream parlor to seaplane adventures, Lake Chatuge offers many unique opportunities for fun.
The lake, which was created in 1942 after the Chatuge Dam was built, has 132 miles of shoreline and many boat ramps for convenient access to water sports. Lake Chatuge is home to 32 different species of fish, attracting anglers from around the state to participate in various fishing tournaments. Most common are the trout, small mouth and largemouth bass, spotted bass, and white bass.
On the Land:
From mountain vistas at the highest peak in Georgia to 30 acres of azaleas and rhododendrons, to fascinating historical sites and a 14-court pickleball complex, Towns County has a stunning variety of adventure and entertainment options.
The Appalachian Trail - at roughly 2190 miles - is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. It spans the Appalachian Mountain range, traveling through 14 states and is visited by more than 3 million people every year.
Yellow Mounting Hiking Trail: 13 miles round trip. Steep ascents & descents, 3-5 hours to old stone road and wood fire tower at 5,127 ft. elevation. Beautiful views and a diversity of plant life. From the intersection of NC 107 and US 64 in Cashiers, drive 7.3 miles west on US 64; turn R on Buck Creek, go 2.2 miles passing Chestnut Hill on R. Look for steep path on R with small wooden sign, and steps leading to trail. Park on L in gravel. If you pass Cole Mountain Circle, you have gone too far.
Whiteside Mountain Hiking Trail: Easy 2 mile loop along Eastern Continental Divide to 4,930 ft. and highest vertical drop (750 ft) in Eastern US. From the intersection of NC 107 and US 64 in Cashiers, drive 4.7 miles W on US 64; turn L on Whiteside Mtn. Rd. (SR1690) at brown Whiteside Mountain Trail sign, continue 1.1 miles passing Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on R; turn L into gravel parking
Bad Creek Hiking Trail: 7 miles strenuous round trip in Ellicott Wilderness Area to a tranquil spot on the Chattooga River. From the intersection of NC 107 and US 64 in Cashiers, drive 7 miles south on NC 107, turn R on Bull Pen Rd., a gravel road opposite an unmarked storage bldg. (if you pass the NC/SC line you have gone too far). Continue on Bull Pen Rd. for 2.7 miles Park on R in gravel are (brown gate) just after
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