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Northeast Georgia Mountains: Gateway to the Appalachian Mountains

Make your way to the Northeast Georgia Mountains Region, the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains, for some of the best hiking, biking, camping, climbing, canoeing, and kayaking in the world. Home of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, this region offers unparalleled outdoor experiences.

Get your adrenaline flowing on the Chattooga River’s raging waters from Georgia’s northeastern peaks via guided rafting trips over Class II, III, IV and V rapids, allowing you to experience the wonders of this nationally designated “Wild & Scenic” river. Gentler rivers and streams in the area are perfect for tubing or paddling lazily downriver on a hot summer day.

Make your way along the famed Appalachian Trail if you have the boots and a little stamina for it, or tackle one of the many other trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest or Georgia’s state parks in the region.

Waterfall fans can hike to several incredible waterfalls within a short drive of each other. About 26 feet higher than Niagara Falls, Toccoa Falls makes a breathtaking plunge, and visitors certainly marvel at Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall in Georgia and one of the most majestic in North America. Many of the waterfalls are found within the area’s state parks. You could spend an entire week hiking to these and other Northeast Georgia cascades.

Combine a visit to Georgia’s highest point – Brasstown Bald – with a hike along the nearly six-mile-long Wagon Train Foot Trail from Brasstown Bald to Young Harris College. Or take the steep, but paved, half-mile trail from the parking lot to the Visitor Information Center.

Boating and water sports are popular in this part of Georgia, thanks to places such as Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee and Lake Sidney Lanier, “Georgia’s Great Lake,” in Gainesville. Rent a boat at Port Royale Marina for a day on Lake Lanier. Nearby, enjoy the dynamic community of Braselton, home to the world-class amenity, Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, and Golf Club, and for the racing enthusiast, Road Atlanta, one of the world’s best road courses.

Camping is plentiful in Northeast Georgia’s state parks and outdoor recreation areas: Black Rock Mountain, Moccasin Creek and Tallulah Gorge, all near Clayton; Tugaloo State Park near Lavonia; Hart Outdoor Recreation Area on Lake Hartwell; Richard B. Russell Park on Lake Russell; Watson Mill Bridge Park in Elberton and Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston; Unicoi State Park and Smithgall Woods State Park near Helen; Vogel State Park in Blairsville; Amicalola State Park in Dawsonville, Fort Yargo State Park in Winder and Don Carter State Park in Gainesville.

Choose from hundreds of roadside options for a picnic with spectacular views of picturesque peaks. Rock climbing and mountain biking are two other strenuous sports that our mountains embrace.  

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Northeast Georgia Mountains - Locations

Woody’s Mountain Bikes

Northeast Georgia Mountains
457 Georgia 356
Helen, GA 30545-2307
706-878-3715

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Woodmen Cleveland City Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Woodman Hall Rd.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-2017

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Wildwood Outfitters

Northeast Georgia Mountains
26 Megan Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-4451

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Upper Chattahoochee River Blue Trail

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Upper Chattahoochee River
Helen, GA 30571
404-216-9351

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Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1788 GA Hwy. 356
Helen, GA 30545
706-878-2201

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Ty Cobb Museum

Northeast Georgia Mountains
461 Cook St.
Royston, GA 30662
706-245-1825

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Toccoa Falls

NE GA Mountains
107 Kincaid Dr.
Toccoa, GA 30598
706-886-7299, x5219

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Timber Ridge Resort

Northeast Georgia Mountains
807 Mountain Shadows Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-0495

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Elachee Nature Science Center

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2125 Elachee Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30507
770-535-1976

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Margaritaville RV Resort

Northeast Georgia Mountains
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Buford, GA 30518
770-945-8787

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Royston Wellness Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Skelton St.
Royston, GA 30662
706-245-7232

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Port Royale Marina/Best in Boating

Northeast Georgia Mountains
8800 Port Royale Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30506
678-467-8847

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North Georgia Wildlife Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2912 Paradise Valley Rd.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-348-7279

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Lavonia Speedway

Northeast Georgia Mountains
5941 Lavonia Hwy.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-612-0893

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Lavonia Depot

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1269 E. Main St.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-356-1926

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Lavonia Carnegie Library

Northeast Georgia Mountains
28 Hartwell Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-356-4307

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Lake Toccoa

NE GA Mountains
201 Black Mountain Rd.
Toccoa, GA 30577
706-282-3232

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Jenny’s Creek Campground

Northeast Georgia Mountains
4542 Highway 129 N
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-6955

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Innsbruck Golf Course

Northeast Georgia Mountains
664 Bahn Innsbruck
Helen, GA 30545
706-878-2100

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Horseshoe Trails Camping Resort

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1 Rose Rd.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-348-6434

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Helen Tubing and Waterpark

Northeast Georgia Mountains
9917 Hwy. 75 N.
Helen, GA 30545
706-878-1082

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Hardman Farm Historic Site

Northeast Georgia Mountains
143 Hwy. 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
706-878-1077

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Harbor Light Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1476 Harbor Light Marina Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-356-4119

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Chateau Elan Chateau Course

Northeast Georgia Mountains
106 Fairview Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
678-425-0900

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Dukes Creek Falls and Recreation Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 348
Helen, GA 30545
706-754-6221

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Currahee Vineyard & Winery

Northeast Georgia Mountains
3301 West Currahee
Toccoa, GA 30577
706-768-5383

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Currahee Mountain

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 17 and GA Hwy. 365
Toccoa, GA 30577
706-886-2132

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Cromer’s Mill Covered Bridge

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 106 E.
Carnesville, GA 30521
706-384-4659

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Cool River Tubing and Adventures

Northeast Georgia Mountains
590 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA 30545
706-878-2665

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Chestatee Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off U.S. Hwy. 19
Cleveland, GA 30528
770-535-5700

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