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Northeast Georgia Recreation

NE Georgia recreation offers a wide range of fun things to do for people of all ages. Located at the tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia, Rabun County provides the perfect "get away" from the bigger cities of Atlanta, Greenville, and Asheville for recreation

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  • Amicalola Falls State Park (Dawsonville)
    Description:  16 miles of singletrack that loops.  Good for intermediate level. Extremely easy to get lost so get a map.
    Directions: Turn right out of driveway onto Hwy 441 S (13.8 miles). Turn right towards GA-385 (0.1 miles). Turn left onto GA-385 (5.2 miles). GA-385 becomes GA-197 (0.1 miles). Turn left onto N Washington St/GA-197 (0.1 miles). Turn right onto Monroe St./GA-115 (27.5 miles). Turn left onto Long Branch Rd/GA-115 (4.7 miles). LONG BRANCH RD / GA-115 becomes US-19 S / GA-400 S (5.8 miles). Turn RIGHT onto GA-136 / GOLD CREEK HWY / AURARIA RD. Continue to follow GA-136 (17.3 miles). Stay STRAIGHT to go onto GA-183 / ELLIOTT FAMILY PKWY (1.1 miles). Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto GA-52 (1.5 miles). Turn LEFT onto HIGH SHOALS RD (0.1 miles). Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto SERVICE RD (.4 miles)
    Contact: 240 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534 - (706) 265-4703

  • Bull Mountain Multi-User Trail (Dahlonega)
    Suitable for hiking, bicycles and horses
    Description:  This trail features a 4-mile single-track experience with 11 additional miles of lightly traveled dirt and gravel Forest Service roads to complete the loop.  Elevations range from 1700 to 2500 feet.  The single-track trail is shared by mountain bicycles and horses.
    Contact: Toccoa Ranger District, Blue Ridge, GA - 706-632-3031
    Directions:  Take GA 52 west from Dahlonega for 8.5 miles to Grizzle store.  Turn right onto Nimblewill Road and continue for 2 miles.  Turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-I and follow signs for the Bull Mountain parking area on Forest Service Road 83.

  • Chicopee Woods Trail System (Gainesville)
    Suitable for mountain bicycles.
    Description:  10 miles of 80% singletrack and 20% doubletrack trails. A well maintained (by SORBA) example of what makes mountain biking so much fun. Lots of great twisty rolling wooded single track with a few water crossings and some easy riding sections. A great workout at the center on Zig Zag trail or a more easy Outer Loop.
    Contact:  (770) 297-8319 - Call first for times, fees and directions
    Directions:  Go South on 441. Hwy 441 becomes 985. Take 985 to exit 4. Turn right and follow signs to Elachee Nature Center.

  • Tallulah Gorge State Park (Tallulah Falls)
    Description:  11 miles of out and back forest roads.  The trail is a multi-use hiking and mountain biking trail. Great scenery in the park.
    Directions: Start from the Interpretive Center at Tallulah Gorge State Park which is turning right at end of driveway to Tallulah Falls.
    Contact:  (706) 754-7970

  • Unicoi State Park (Helen)
    Description:  6 miles of singletrack loop trails. Fast and neat trail with some swithcbacks and berms.  Some tough climbs and nice scenery. Easy access and not too crowded!
    Directions: Go to end of driveway and turn right at end of driveway and take Hwy 441 S. to Unicoi State Park exit (approx. 27 miles). Enter state park and go to the front desk at the lodge and pay fee.
    Contact: (706) 878-3982

  • White Twister (Clayton)
    Description:  4 miles of singletrack loop trails. From the main parking lot, backup 100 yards on the road you came in on. Loop starts on the lower side of the road. Follow the trail and you will cross ridges and realize the trail name is appropriate. Just before the exit to the pay station, you will have some aggressive climbs. From the top of the ridge you now go from the highest point on the trail to the lowest. Cross the bridge, go through the ferns, along root ridge and down to the old railroad bed. The last section travels an old railroad bed along Stonewall Creek. When the trail intersect with US Forest Service Road  20, turn right and return to the parking lot.
    Directions:  This trail is located in the Stonewall Falls Loop area. From Clayton, travel South on Hwy 441/23/15 for 2.5 miles and turn right on the Tiger Connector. Continue 1 mile and turn left at the 4-way stop. Go South on Hwy Old 441 for 2-1/2 miles and turn right onto US Forest Service Road 20. The parking lot is 1.25 miles on US Forest Service Road 20.

  • AG Center Trail System (Gainesville)
    This trail is a race course rollercoaster. About 8 miles of fast, exciting singletrack. This trail demands your attention at all times. There are numerous log piles and mini ledges waiting to throw you. Enjoy the rock pile and big jump. Despite the obstacles, this trail has great flow. You can get into a great groove. There's one very challenging climb and at least two others that will get your attention. This trail was built by SORBA and they've done an incredible job. It is 8 miles of Singletrack and an advanced skill level is recommended.  Take Hwy 441 S. turning right out of driveway. Hwy 441 S. becomes I-985. Take right to exit 20, turn left onto Hwy 60. Turn right at first light onto Calvary Church Rd. Go approx. 2 - 3 miles, past the Agriculture Center on your left, and look for a large grass parking lot on the left with white fencing.

  • Bull Mountain Trail (Dahlonega)
    This is an 11-mile Singletrack & fire road Trail for Intermediate skill level. This is a 1.8 miles to the trailhead.  There is a three mile climb at the start (all Singletrack).  Many small streams crossings, technical downhills, rocky climbs. To make a longer loop, take Bare Hare Trail (will join back with bull mountain trail). From Dahlonega, take GA52 West. Turn right on Nimblewill Church Rd.  Proceed three to four miles. Next, turn right on FS 28 (gravel road) continue on this for .4 miles. Make your first left on FS 83.  For more info, contact Toccoa Ranger District at (706) 745-6928

  • Chicopee Woods Trail System (Gainesville)
    This 19-mile trail is an excellent singletrack with some technical sections and some fast sections, but it is not very well marked though. Intermediate skill level recommended. Take 441 S. turning right out of driveway. Hwy 441 S. becomes I-985. Take I-985 to exit 4 , go right, and follow signs to Elachee Nature Center, you will see signs for parking area, you drive past a few golf course holes. Closed when raining.

  • Davenport Mountain (Blairsville)
    This trail loops around Davenport Mountain with some moderate grades, and offers views of Nottely Lake.  This trail is recommended for riders accustomed to riding on flat to rolling terrain, young, or inexperienced riders.  Cross country riding is not allowed and riders must stay on the trail. This five miles trail is suitable for ATV's and motorcycles and mountain bicycles.  Turn left out of driveway onto Hwy 441 and go North. At 3rd traffic light turn left. At next light go straight. This is 76W. Beginning at the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 76/APD Hwy 515 and U.S. 19/129, go west on U.S. 76/APD Hwy 515 for 7.0 miles. Turn right onto GA 325 and go 2.3 miles to the STOP sign. Turn left, still on GA 325, and go 2.5 miles until you see a Christmas tree farm on the right. Go another 0.3 miles and turn right onto Davenport Mountain Road. At the foot of the hill, turn right onto Forest Service Road #143. Follow the gravel road 1.1 miles to the parking lot on your right. The ATV trail begins at the back end of the parking lot.

  • Dawson Forest (Dawsonville)
    There are three separate trails on the property. Two are around 7 miles long and one (the blue trail- my favorite) is around 13 miles. These trails are well marked, and will provide a good Aerobic workout. Trails are shared by horses, but are good shape. Does get muddy after rains. $5 daily use fee or $50 annual pass. Please respect the rights of other users, Horses can become spooked, but talking to them as you approach helps. There are 27 miles of trails which are Singletrack and Fire Roads.  Advanced skill level recommended. Take Ga 400 north out of Atlanta.. Just above Cumming Ga the road will no longer be limited access, but start having intersections and a few red lights. Continue North on 400 6.4 miles past the 1st red light. Make a left on Dawson Forest Road.( just before you get to North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall) Continue on Dawson Forest Road 5.5 Miles. You will Pass a gate and the parking is 100 yards on the right.

  • Gainesville College Trails (Oakwood)
    The Gainesville College trail is a Singletrack loop. It is a fun, little trail (about 3.5 miles in and out of the woods) with lots of twists and turns. The best way to take this trail, and the more challenging way, is to start at the bottom by the pond. If you start this way, then most of the trail is uphill (if you can call it that). A great place to introduce someone to MTB. The trail can be muddy at times.  It is a Singletrack and is great for beginners. Turn right out of driveway onto Hwy 441S. Hwy 441 S becomes I-985. Travel south on I-985 until you get to exit 16 which is Oakwood. Get off on that exit and then take a right. At the third light you will see Gainesville College on the right. I recommend entering the college at the first right after the light. Take a right into the college here and drive past the tennis courts and the first building on the left. After the building on the left, take a left into the parking lot. This is where you park, and the trails are towards the woods and building at the end of the driveway.

  • GMA Trails (Cumming)
    From Atlanta, take GA 400 (US 19) north towards Cumming. Take exit 9, GA 141, to the right. Shortly after exiting right, take the first left just before the Waffle House. Continue on this road until it intersects another road at a "T" intersection. Turn right. Continue on this road for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Trammell. Continue on Trammell until it becomes a dirt road. GMA entrance on the right.

  • Hickory Nut Trail (Helen)
    This trail is 19. miles long with 2500 feet of climbing.  Trail type is Singletrack and Fire Roads.   Advance skill level recommended. From Bridge in downtown Helen, go west on GA 75 for 1.1 miles, then turn right on GA 356.  Go .1 mile and turn left. Park at bike shop.

  • Hickory Nut Trail Loop (Helen)
    This is a 7+ mile loop, most formerly jeep trail, which has grown back almost to Singletrack status, bridged creek crossings (no wet feet). It is Singletrack and Fire Roads and Intermediate skill level is recommended.  Take Chattahoochie st. NE from downtown, look for signboard on left less than 1/4 mile from downtown. Follow red blazes on trees.

  • Jake Mountain (Dahlonega)
    This trail is 7.6 miles in length and is a loop with extension.  It is a combination of Singletrack and Fire Roads.   Intermediate skill level recommended.  Take highway 400 to Highway 60 north to Dahlonega.  At KFC, turn left onto 52 W.  Follow 52 west to Nimblewill.  Turn right onto Nimblewill Road 1.8 miles. Jake Mountain Parking is on the right.

  • Jones Creek Ridge Trail (Dahlonega)
    This trail features a moderate 5.9 mile single-track experience connecting the Bull Mountain Trail system with the Turner Creek Trail system with a beautiful view of the Soil Conservation Service flood control dam and its immediate environs.  Elevations range from 1600 feet at the dam to 2320 feet at the ridge top.  This trail is shared by bicyclists, equestrians, hunters and hikers.  USGS map Nimblewill Quad. From the parking area on FS 82, continue north on FS 83 to where the trail turns right at the trail marker sign directly across from the entry onto the Bull Mountain Trail.  Ahead is a gated road going east.  Follow this level road to the Soil Conservation Dam. Cross dam and begin ascent to the ridge above Jones Creek. Follow trail past several wildlife food plots and along the wooded ridge.  After the last food plot, descend along graded trail to FS Road 77A where it intersects FS Road 77.  Cross FS Road 77 and go about 50 feet north and turn right onto Turner Creek Connector.  USE EXTREME CAUTION AT THIS CROSSING! Follow connector south and east to Turner Creek Trial in about ¼ mile. For more info, contact Toccoa Ranger District at (706) 745-6928

  • Lady Slipper Look at Lake Russell (Cornelia)
    This trail is a seven mile loop of Singletrack and Fire Roads. Intermediate skill level recommended. Mostly Singletrack with a one steep climb and a couple of fast descents. Trail needs some work to improve drainage; ruts in trail at some points, but downhills are pretty safe, with one tricky "butt on wheel" section.  It is located within the Lake Russell Recreation Complex on the Chattahoochee Natl. Forest. Near mile marker 48, take exit for GA 197. At the end of the exit turn right. Go past Habersham Central High School, through 4 way stop, then another 2 miles to stop sign. BP convenience store will be on your left. Turn right and go approx 3/4 mile. Just past the railroad bridge, turn left into Lake Russell recreation area. Go 2 miles to bottom of hill, take first left, pay fee, and park. To trailhead, take gated road around left side of Nancytown Lake. Take first right and go to end of parking area. Trailhead is here. . For more info, contact the Chattooga Ranger District 706-754-6221.

  • Lake Russell WMA (Cornelia)
    This is one of the states largest Wildlife Management Areas. Do not confuse this WMA with  Lake Russell, the reservoir of the same name on the Savannah River.  This maze of gravel roads, logging roads, and Singletrack (mostly horse) trails are enough to keep a mountain biker happy for days. While not having the dramatic elevation changes of the mountains further north, the undulating terrain is still quite rugged and challenging. Anyone not familiar with this area is advised to have a good map and navigation skills, as all roads and trails are not marked, nor are they on most available maps! Some parts of this area have been extensively logged, so many new roads have been cut recently, while others that were once open to traffic, are now gated.
    Be aware that this area is quite popular for equestrians, so remember to be courteous. And, as with all state WMA's, avoid this area during managed deer hunts!  Directions:  Turn Right out of driveway onto Hwy 441 S. Turn right onto GA-197. Turn left onto US-123 toward Mt. Airy, and look for the signs for Lake Russell Recreation Area and turn left. Most trails and roads are easily accessible from the parking area located at the dam on Nancytown Lake. There is now a $3 parking fee for vehicles in the main recreation area.

  • Moates Knob ATV Trail: 3.5 miles. Directions: To north parking lot: From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2 miles, where the road dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Road. Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the entrance road on the left. To south parking lot: From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2 miles, where it dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Road. Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to Flat Creek Road. Turn right, below Seed Lake Dam, and go 2.1 miles until the pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road for 0.8 mile to the entrance road on the right.

  • Oakey Mountain Trail: 6.2 miles.To north parking lot: From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2 miles, where the road dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Road. Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the entrance road on the left. To south parking lot: From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2 miles, where it dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Road. Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to Flat Creek Road. Turn right, below Seed Lake Dam, and go 2.1 miles until the pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road for 0.8 mile to the entrance road on the right.

  • Popcorn Creek Trail: 15 miles  Located 11.0 miles west of Clayton at the intersection of US 76 and GA 197

  • Sandy Ford Trail (Clayton)
    This trail is 7.75 miles and rated as strenuous.  Drive 6.0 miles east of Clayton on War Woman Road and turn right onto Sandy Ford Road.  Park near the creek 2.25 miles away.

  • Stonewall Falls Loop (Tiger)
    This trail is an 8-mile loop, rated moderately difficult and take an average of two and half hours to complete.  The elevation change varies from 1,875 feet to 2,380 feet.  Start from the parkinglot and ascend forest service road for approximately two and one-half mile to the lookout point on Saga Mountain. From here the trail begins to narrow and ascends and descends around Crunkleton Ridge.  From Crunkleton Ridge the trails start and descends. 
    Bikers may choose difficulty paths Singletrack.  At approximately mile 5, the trail descends ? the Stonewall creek.  Upon nearing the creek, continue easy biking for the next two and one-half miles while crossing the creek four times to the Stonewall Creek Waterfalls.  From the waterfalls, turn left onto the old ? road and continue the loop for another one-quarters mile back to the parking area. For more info, contact the Tallulah Ranger District 706-782-3320.

  • Stoneplace Trail (Tallulah Falls)
    This trail is 10 miles in length and is for intermediate skill level riders.  The trail is all fire road from the top of Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugalo.  The trail is 90% downhill on the way in; so you you do the math on the way out!  At Tallulah Gorge State Park, go to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center and get a permit for the ride (it’s free).  They will show you to the trailhead from here.

  • Turner Creek Trail (Dahlonega)
    This trail features a moderate 1.7 mile single-track experience with approximately 6 miles of lightly traveled dirt and gravel forest roads to complete the loop.  Elevations range from 1650 feet at FS 29-1 to 1800 feet at the north end of Turner Creek Trail (FS 280A).  The Singletrack trail is shared by mountain bikers and horses.  The remaining 6 miles is subject to motor vehicle traffic. For more info, contact Toccoa Ranger District at 706-745-6928.

  • Upper Chattahoochee Loop (Helen)
    This trail offers over 20 miles of Mountain Bike, hiker, and horse trails. This area is just north of Helen on the Chattahoochee Natl. Forest. For more info, contact the Chattooga Ranger District 706-754-6221.

  • White Twister Loop (Tiger)
    This four mile Singletrack trail is located in the Stonewall Falls Loop area. From Clayton, travel South on Hwy 441/23/15 for 2.5 miles and turn right on the Tiger Connector. Continue 1 mile and turn left at the 4-way stop. Go South on Hwy Old 441 for 2-1/2 miles and turn right onto USFS Road #20. The parking lot is 1.25 miles on USFS Road #20.   From the main parking lot, backup 100 yards on the road you came in on. The White Twister loop starts on the lower side of the road. Follow the trail and you will cross ridges and realize the trail name is appropriate. Just before the exit to the pay station, you will have some aggressive climbs. From the top of the ridge you now go from the highest point on the trail to the lowest. Cross the bridge, go through the ferns, along root ridge and down to the old railroad bed. The last section travels an old railroad bed along Stonewall Creek. When the trail intersect with USFS Road #20, turn right and return to the parking lot. For more info, contact the Tallulah Ranger District 706-782-3320.

  Black Rock Mountain State Park: Black Rock Mountain State Park is Georgia's highest elevated state park with an elevation of 3640 ft. It offers scenic overlooks, trails, playground, campground, picnic pavilions, and a 17 acre fishing lake. Located in Mountain City, Ga. Hours are 7:00 to 10:00. Contact (706) 746-2141 or visit them on the web at http://gastateparks.org/BlackRockMountain

  Boating & Swimming

  • Lake Burton: Created in 1925 when Georgia Power flooded the deep valley, Lake Burton is the largest of the north Georgia lakes at 2,775 acres. With over 62 miles of shoreline, Lake Burton is suitable for boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, and fishing. Timpson Cove Beach features a white sand beach that is the perfect spot for a day of family fun
  • Lake Rabun: This 835-acre lake is the perfect spot for boating, fishing, and swimming. Formed by the Mathis Dam and fed by the Tallulah River, Lake Rabun has 25 beautiful miles of shoreline. Nacoochee Park is just one of the recreation areas along Lake Rabun's shore.
  • Lake Seed: Formed by the Nacoochee Dam and fed by the Tallulah River, Lake Seed is a 240-acre lake with 13 miles of shoreline. Its boat ramp and family-friendly campground with picnic tables, a fishing pier, restrooms, and beach make this a great spot for a day of fun.
  • Tallulah Lake: At 63 acres and 3.6 miles of shoreline, Tallulah Lake is the smallest and also the oldest of the north Georgia lakes. Now part of Tallulah Gorge State Park, the lake features a white sand beach, covered pavilion, picnic tables, and playground.
  • Lake Tugalo: With no development, Lake Tugalo remains one of the most serene lakes in Georgia. Formed by Tugalo Dam and fed by the Tallulah and Chattooga Rivers, this 597-acre lake has 18 miles of shoreline and is perfect for fishing and boating.
  • Helen Tubing and Waterpark: Tube down the Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA. Contact them at (706) 878-1082 or (706) 878-2665
  • Rabun County Recreation Department: The Rabun County Recreation Department is committed to offering recreational activities that teach fundamentals, encourage good sportsmanship and enhance the quality of life for the citizens we serve. Contact them at 706-782-4600. Click here for their website.

  Fishing

  The Fun Factory: Fun for kids of all ages, the Fun Factory is the place for games, mini golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, big screen tvs, party room, restaurants, and more. There's even an area just for little kids. Hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday 10:00-9:00 and Friday and Saturday 10:00 to midnight. Contact them at (828) 349-8888 or visit them on the web at http://www.franklinfun.com/

  Foxfire Museum:  Foxfire Museum takes you back to an era before electricity and running water as well as a glimpse into the lives of the mountaineers who lived here 150 years ago. Open Monday thru Saturday 8:30-4:30. Guided tours available Monday thru Friday 9:00-4:00. Contact (706) 746-5828 or visit them on the web at http://www.foxfire.org/museum.html

  Gatlinburg, TN Attractions: Gatlinburg, TN offers a variety of things to do to meet the needs of all ages. The drive is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours through the beautiful mountains. From museums, to Ripley's Aquarium, go-carts, ski resorts, putt putt golf, rides, and many shops, Gatlinburg is a great place and fun for everyone. Visit them on the web for individual hours of operation and index of attractions at http://www.gatlinburg.com/to-do/attractions/

  Gem Mining:

  • Gold N Gem Grubbin: Mine for Gold and Gem Stones in our convenient sluices or right in the creek just like the ole' timers did. Contact them at (706) 865-5454
  • Gold City Gem Mine: Come mine one of several types of buckets here at Gold City.  We have both Native and Enriched Gemstone buckets.  After mining, bring your rough stones in to our on-site professional jeweler for free inspection.  You can also have your stones cut and mounted in to a variety of gold and silver mounts for a beautiful souvenir.  Contact them at (800) 713-7767
  • Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum:Gemologists and rock hounds will enjoy a visit to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum in Franklin, with its collection of countless precious and semiprecious stones found in this mineral-rich region of North Carolina as well as other areas in and out of the state. Contact them at (704) 369-7831

  Golden Memories Auctions: Golden Memories Auction is a full service auction company and appraisal service. Our 50,000 square foot facility features two auction galleries, computerized clerking and accounting, as well as plenty of parking. Specializing: In antiques, estate auctions and including the sale of land, homes, structures, vehicles and personal property. We are able to move, store, repair, market and auction any size estate or just one item. Visit them on the web at http://www.goldenmemoriesauctions.com

  Goats on the Roof: A novel idea for a store in the Mountains of North Georgia. One of the most creative and spectacular sites to see. Come and explore the inside of this phenomenon and you'll find treasures like unique gifts, Homemade Ice Cream and Fudge. Wines, Cheeses, Old Fashioned Candies, funny tshirts, gag gifts and a whole lot more. And, in addition to these, you will marvel at the Goats that wander around on the roof tops, eating the grass covered structure. For more info call at 706-782-2784 or visit them on the web at http://goats-on-the-roof.com/

  Golf

  Hambidge Arts Center: Hambidge Gallery & Shop offers an array of contemporary crafts and Southern folk art. Seasonal pottery and ceramics program offered as well. Contact (706) 746-5718 or visit them on the web at http://www.hambidge.org/

  Hiking: NE Georgia Hiking and Backpacking: With the beautiful mountains surrounding Rabun County, Ga and Tiger Creek Falls Inn, hiking and backpacking trails are plentiful. The following are just a few in the area:   

  • Bartram Trail: This 37-mile trail was named for 18th century naturalist and explorer William Bartram. Designated a National Recreation Trail, it stretches from the Georgia-North Carolina border southwest over Rabun Bald, turns south/southeast to the Chattooga River, and then parallels the river northeast to the GA 28 bridge. Directions: Take US 441 north from Clayton to Dillard. A mile north of Dillard, turn right onto Ga 246 towards Highlands, N.C. Continue on Ga 246 and Ga 106 for 7 miles and turn right on Bald Mountain Road. Continue for 2.1 miles then take Forest Service Road 7(Hale Ridge Road) for 1.1 miles. Additional access is at Warwoman Dell on Warwoman Dell Road
  • Chattooga River Trail: (10.7 miles) Directions: Take US 76 east from clayton Georgia for 9 miles to the Chattooga River
  • Coleman River Trail: (1 mile) This mile long path follows Coleman River from its confluence with the Tallulah River up a steep sided ravine. The path begins in the Coleman River parking area, just before the first bridge on Tallulah River Road. Both the parking and trail are marked, and the trail is easily traveled. The uphill grade is constant, but never more than easy to moderate in difficulty. Directions: Travel west on U.S. Highway 76 from Clayton, Georgia for 8 miles. Turn right on Persimmon Valley Road. There will be a Fire Department on the northeast corner. Continue down Persimmon Valley Road to Tallulah River Road on the left and is marked with signage for both the Tallulah and Coleman River. This road is paved at first but turns into a gravel road shortly. Coleman River Trail is about 2 miles from the start of the road on the right-hand side, just before the first bridge. The Tallulah River Road, which continues north over the bridge is one of the finest scenic drives in the state. It continues north to Tate City, a mining and lumber town that died out in the 1920's. When you return to Persimmons Valley Road you can turn right. The road continues to Patterson Gap, a beautiful, but little known area of Rabun County. This then comes out on Highway 441 north of Dillard.
  • Denton Branch Trail: (0.2 miles) This quarter mile leg stretch ends at Denton Branch Falls. It takes longer to get here than it does to walk the trail. Besides the scenic falls, historic Tate City, a mining community nearby, is one of the oldest settled areas of the north Georgia mountains. Tallulah River Road is still called Old Tate City Road. Directions: From Clayton take U. S. Highway 76 west for 8 miles to Persimmon Valley Road (look for the firehouse on the corner). Turn right and continue 4 miles to Forest Service Road 70, to the left. Two signs mark the entrance, one which announces the Coleman River WMA. Continue down this road for 6.6 miles. Denton Branch Road is off this road to the right, just past the "Tate City Mall" and Chapple Rd. This road is a rough, rocky and single-lane. The trail head is a couple of hundred feet down this road
  • Holcomb Creek Trail:(1.3 miles) Take Warwoman Road east from Clayton for 10 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Road 7 (Hale Ridge Road) and drive 9 miles
  • Minnehaha Trail: (0.4 miles) Take US 23/441 north from Tallulah Falls for 3 miles to the Rabun Beach recreation sign. Turn left on an unnumbered county road and follow the signs to the recreation area. Continue west past the recreation area for 1 mile and turn left across the river below Seed Lake Dam. Follow the left fork of the road for 1.7 miles to a sign marking the trail on the right side of the road.
  • Oakey Mountain ORV Trail: (6.2 miles) This trail is near Lake Burton and Lake Rabun. Directions: Go west on US 75 from Clayton, Ga for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Rd until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Rd and go 2 miles, where the road dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Rd. Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the entrance road on the left. To South Parking Lot: go west on 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie Mountain Rd until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Rd and go 2 miles where it dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Rd. Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to the Flat Creek Rd. Turn right and go 2.1 miles until pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road for 0.8 miles to the entrance road on the right.
  • Rabun Bald Trail: (4 miles) This trail provides a spectacular view of the tri-state area form an observation deck atop Rabun Bald, Georgia’s second highest point. The deck is constructed from remnants of an old fire tower built in the 1930s. The ascent is extremely steep. Directions: Go east on Warwoman Road from clayton for 10 miles. Turn on Forest Service Road 7 (Hale Ridge Road). Proceed 5.6 miles to the trail marker on the left.
  • Raven Rock Trail: (2 miles) This trail begins at the end of Daniel Creek Road (FS 511-B). It follows the west bank of the Chattooga River, with spectacular views of the Raven Rock Cliffs. Directions: Take US 441 south from Clayton for 8 miles and then left into Watergage Road (Forest Service Road 511). Travel 2.6 miles and turn left onto Daniel Creek Road (Forest Service Road 511-b). Four wheel vehicles are recommended for traveling Forest Service Road 511-B.
  • Warwoman Dell Nature Trail: (0.4 miles)This trail makes a small loop from the end of the Warwoman Dell picnic area. The highlights are a small waterfall and excellent wildflower viewing. Directions: Take Warwoman Road east from Clayton for 3 miles to Warwoman Dell Recreation Area. trailhead is where the road dead ends.
  • Willis Knob Trail: (15 miles) This trail provides some of the most scenic horseback riding opportunities in the southeast. It features both rugged mountain terrain and views of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. Directions: Go east on Warwoman Road from clayton for 11.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 157 (Goldmine Road). Proceed 0.2 mile to parking area on left.
  • Also see our biking trails for some other trails in the area
  • For more information including hiking maps, extensive file of individual trails contact Rabun County Welcome Center at (706) 782-4812 or visit them on the web at http://www.gamountains.com
  • You can also contact the U.S. Forest service: Tallulah Ranger District Office for maps, trails, and recreation information on the Chattahoochee National Forest at (706) 782-3320 or visit them on the web at https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/conf/recreation/hiking

  Horseback Riding: NE Georgia Horseback Riding - There are no words to describe horseback riding in the NE Georgia mountains. You can relax and ride while looking at the magnificence of creation that most of us take for granted each day. There are many horseback riding stables that cater to both pro and amateur skill levels. If name in red click on name to go to their website for more information. I personally highly recommend Equus Meadow Stables as I have been there myself!

  • Equus Meadow Stables: 514 North Germany Mountain Road, Clayton, Ga. Contact them at (813) 300-9301 **Highly Recommend This Place and is close by.
  • Arrowmont Stables: 276 Arrowmount Trail in Cullowhee, NC. Contact them at (828) 743-2762 or (800) 682-1092
  • Cedar Ridge Stables: 441 N. 3 miles out of Sevierville, TN. Contact them at (865) 428-5802
  • Chattahoochee Stables: Hwy 17 and 255 in Sautee, GA. Contact them at (706) 878-7000
  • Davy Crockett Riding Stables: Near Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, TN. Contact them at (865) 448-6411
  • Deer Farm Riding Stables: Hwy 411 N. Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, TN. Contact them at (865) 429-2276
  • Dillard House Stables: Old Dillard Hwy in Dillard, GA. Just 9 miles North of Clayton. Contact them at (706) 746-2038 or 746-5348
  • Lil' Ponderosa Horseback Riding: 909 Little Cove Road in Pigeon Forge, TN. Contact them at (865) 428-9398
  • McCarter's Riding Stables: 923 Robinson Gap Rd in Sevierville, TN. Open early Spring to late Fall. 1-4 hour trips available. Contact them at (865) 436-5354
  • Smoky Mountain Stables: 4 miles east of Gatlinburg on Hwy 321 (light #3). Contact them at (865) 436-5634
  • Southeast Pack Trips: 299 Dewey Burks Road in Jamestown, TN. Contact them at (931) 879-2260
  • Sunburst Stables: 3181 Ga Hwy 255 in Clarkesville, GA. Contact them at (706) 947-7433
  • Trackrock Stables: 4890 Trackrock Campground Road in Blairsville, GA. Contact them at (706) 745-5252 or (800) 826-0073
  • Walden Creek Stables: 2709 Walden's Creek Rd in Sevierville, TN. Contact them at (865) 429-0411
  • Willis Knob Horse Camp & Trails: From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 11.6 miles. Turn right on Willis Knob road (gravel road) and travel .2 miles to Woodall Ridge Day Use Parking Area on the left. Continue 1.9 miles to Willis Knob Horse Camp on the left. Contact them at (706) 754-6221

  Hot Air Balloon Rides:

  Hunting

  Mark of the Potter: Mark of the Potter specializes in handmade pottery and locally made jams and jellies, crafts, and books. Open 10-6 seven days a week. Contact them at (706) 947-3440 or visit them on the web at http://www.markofthepotter.com/

  Moccasin Creek State Park: Moccasin Creek State Park is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of lovely 2,800-acre Lake Burton. A fully accessible fishing pier sits above a trout-filled creek open only to physically challenged visitors, senior citizens and children. Tour the adjacent trout rearing station, hike on several nearby mountain trails or simply relax in this peaceful setting. Hours are 7:00 to 10:00. Contact (706) 947-3194 or visit them on the web at http://gastateparks.org/MoccasinCreek

  Motorcycle Roads: Northeast Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina roads are perfect for the motorcycle rider, both beginner and advanced.

  Persimmon Creek Vineyards: Benefiting from the classic wine-friendly soils of the region, Georgia vineyards are undergoing an exciting evolution producing wines of truly exceptional quality. Visitors to Rabun County can experience special wine tastings, winery tours, festivals and events. Contact them at (706) 212-7380 or visit their site at https://www.southernfoodways.org/interview/persimmon-creek-vineyards/

  Pigeon Forge, TN Attractions: Just down the road from Gatlinburg, TN you will find a whole new assortment of activities for your family. Dolly's Splash Country has many waterslides and a wave pool. The Dollywood Theme Park has roller coasters, many rides, shows, and crafts. Dixie Stampede is a dinner show with horses and audience participation. Packed with fun and laughter, visit The Comedy Barn Theatre for jugglers, magicians, comedians, fire-eaters, and funny barnyard characters. There's the Black Bear Jamboree dinner and show. There is also the Elvis Museum as well as many rides to bungee jump, ferris wheels, etc. along the strip. Visit the attraction index webpage for Pigeon Forge at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/things-to-do/attractions/

 Rabun County Rodeo: Provides opportunities for livestock and horse shows, dog shows, concerts, rodeos, fairs, trade shows, car shows, tractor shows and commercial events.

  Scottish Tartan Museum: The Scottish Tartan Museum offers a glimpse into the history of Scotland. Founded by the Scottish Tartans Society, this museum covers all the various aspects of Scotland: culture, history, dress, migration, and military.  Open Monday thru Saturday 10:00-5:00. Contact them at (828) 524-7472 or visit them on the web at http://scottishtartans.org/

  Six Flags Over Georgia: Six Flags Over Georgia is a theme park that offers entertainment from small kiddie parks to wild rollercoasters. Six Flags has concerts, street performers, and parades. Hours of operation vary by season so contact them at (770) 739-3400 or visit them on the web at http://www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

  Skiing

  • Scaly Mountain, NC: Snow tubing only. Scaly Mountain Outdoor Sports Park is a friendly, fun, family-oriented resort offering snow tubing and ice skating only. Thousands of families have come to enjoy snow tubing at Scaly Mountain and we would like you to come join us. Contact at (828) 526-3737
  • Cataloochee, NC: Visit Cataloochee Ski Area this season and experience southern hospitality on the slopes. For generations of snow-loving families,Cataloochee is a winter tradition, and with good reason. Contact them at (800) 768-0285
  • Hawksnest Resort, NC: This summer we will be expanding our beginner area.  This new area will be about 500 feet long and serviced by a moving sidewalk conveyor lift.  The expanded area will have 100% snowmaking and lighting for nighttime ski or snowboarding.  This expanded beginner area will make Hawksnest one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard. Contact them at (828) 963-6561 or (800) 822-4295
  • Ober Gatlinburg, TN: Ober Gatlinburg offers eight trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlift which keeps you out of lift lines and on the slopes.  When temperatures drop, our snowmaking equipment blankets 100% of our slopes.  Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface. Contact them at (800) 251-9202 or (865) 436-5423
  • Ski Beech, NC: With excellent skiing (day or night), and a charming Alpine Village filled with intriguing shops, tempting restaurants and more, you'll find that Ski Beech offers a winter wonderland of fun and activities for all members of your family or group! Contact them at 800-438-2093.

  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: Located in Franklin, North Carolina, this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances will include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics will provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. Contact them at (828) 524-1598 or visit them on the web at http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/

  Stone Mountain: Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. They offer skyrides, scenic train rides, paddleboat riverboat cruises, and the world's largest laser light show with fireworks. Hours of operation are 10:00-5:00. Contact them at (800) 401-2407 or visit them on the web at http://www.stonemountainpark.com

 Tallulah Gorge State Park: The Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Exhibits in the park's Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film, Deliverance takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge. Hours are from 8:00-Dark. Contact them at (706) 754-7981 or visit them on the web at http://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

  Theatres (Movie)

  • Tiger Drive-In: The Tiger Drive In is now open Thurs, Fri, and Sat and Sunday with double features "Two movies for the price of one" on Friday and Saturday. Located at 2956 Old Hwy 441 in Tiger, Ga. Contact them at (404) 680-5066 for showtimes.
  • Ruby Cinemas in Franklin, NC: Located at 2097 Georgia Rd in Franklin, NC. Contact them at (828) 524-2076
  • Habersham Hills Cinemas in Cornelia, GA: Habersham Hills Cinemas is easy to find and "easy in-easy out" right on Ga. 365 at Cody Rd. only 4.5 miles North of the Cornelia Wal-Mart exit (Hwy 441). Contact them at (706) 776-7469

  Tiger Mountain Vineyards: Tiger Mountain Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny slopes of the North Georgia mountains. Our vineyard is small, the vines individually tended and the grapes hand-picked for quality. Our red wines are barrel-aged 18 to 24 months. Visit the vineyards and enjoy barrel-room tastings! Contact them at (706) 782-4777 or v isit their website at http://www.tigerwine.com/

  Unicoi State Park: Unicoi State Park offers outstanding programs which focus on natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. The parks offers hiking and biking on scenic mountain trails as well as a lodge gift shop specializing in homemade quilts and pottery. Contact them at (706) 878-2201 or visit them on the web at http://gastateparks.org/Unicoi

  Waterfalls

 Whitewater Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking

  • Southeastern Expeditions: offers whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking on the Chattooga River in NE Georgia. Contact (800) 868-7238
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center: 1/2 day, full day, and overnight trips available. Contact (828) 785-5082
  • Wildwood Outfitters: offers whitewater rafting, canoeing, tubing, and kayaking on the Chattahoochee River. Contact them at (800)553-2715 or (706)865-4451
  • Wildwater Ltd: Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga, Nantahala, Ocoee, and Pigeon Rivers. Contact them at (866) 319-8870
  • Moccasin Creek State Park: Contact them at (706) 947-3194

  Wineries

  Ziplines

**Related Links**

http://www.gamountains.com

http://explorerabun.com/

 

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Located at 677 Highway 441 S. in Clayton, GA 30525

Hours of operation: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Open 7 days a week!

Located next door to Smitty's Spirits and across the street from Hana Chinese Restaurant and Advanced Auto Parts

Phone: 706-212-2020