Make your way to the Northeast Georgia Mountains Region, the gateway to
theAppalachian 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
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.
The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the ideal terrain for play on various treetop adventures. Several places in the area offer zip line canopy tours and ropes courses, including within Amicalola and Unicoi state parks.
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
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.
Campingisplentiful 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 climbingandmountain bikingare two
other strenuous sports that our mountains embrace.