trail (2.1 miles) is still steep enough in places to give you a good workout, and it’s just right if you just want to spend an hour or two outdoors.
Also around Mount Yonah is the new Yonah Preserve Sports Complex as well as the Yonah Preserve. The sports complex, a White County Parks & Recreation Department facility, is a wagon wheel baseball and softball complex for youth and adults participating in local leagues and tournaments. The 1,000-acre Yonah Preserve features a multi-use trail system that is ideal for mountain biking, hiking and trail running. Accessible from Neyelo Road, the trailhead is an entryway to trails of varying intensity, including the newest addition, an ADA- and kid-friendly pathway. Dogs and picnics are permitted on the 11 miles of trails, just clean up as you go.
Just a quick drive from Cleveland, you can jump on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway, Highways 348, 180, and 17, that will take you on a loop north to Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald, then south to Helen, Georgia. The byway winds through the valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians, taking you from the amazing vistas atop Brasstown Bald to the cooling mists of waterfalls such as Dukes Creek Falls and High Shoals Creek Falls. Scenic wonders fill this region, where you can hike the Appalachian Trail or fish in a cool mountain stream. Near Cleveland on the byway, get out of the car for a beautiful and historic four-mile round-trip hike on the Logan Turnpike Trail. The trail follows the historic Logan Turnpike, the first road to run south from Union County.
Golfers find much to love about Cleveland, too. Mossy Creek Golf Course is an 18-hole public course that has served Cleveland since 1958. Golfers will love the way the course combines the beautiful Georgia landscape with an excellent course layout, designed to challenge experienced players while relaxing rookies. From the longest tees, Mossy Creek is nearly 6,000 yards in length.