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Hiawassee: Home of Brasstown Bald, Brasstown Valley, and Beautiful Lake Chatuge

The Hiawassee and Young Harris area in the Northeast Georgia Mountains offers championship golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and water sports, as well as arts, crafts, antiquing, concerts, fairs and festivals.

The Hiawassee and Young Harris area in the Northeast Georgia Mountains offers championship golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and water sports, as well as arts, crafts, antiquing, concerts, fairs and festivals.

The jewel of this area is the sapphire-colored waters of Lake Chatuge and its 130-plus miles of shoreline with its naturally formed coves, inlets, and hideouts. Lake Chatuge’s lake and marinas which offer activities such as boating, swimming, and other water sports attract fans from all over to its shores. They may rent pontoon boats, ski boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, or bring their own craft, adding to our community of enthusiasts who pursue their passions on the lake. Towns County Beach on Lake Chatuge is open to the public free of charge, giving access to the lake via swimming from the sandy beach, sunning, picnics, and a children’s playground.

Some of the most popular destinations in the Lake Chatuge area are the many waterfalls. High Shoals Falls in the High Shoals Falls-Chattahoochee National Forest scenic area is a favorite, displaying a succession of five waterfalls with an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. Horse Trough Falls and Cupid Falls are perfect for novice hikers. You’ll also want to see Mill Creek Falls, Raven Cliff Falls, and Dukes Creek Falls. Although only a handful of waterfalls are visible from road or parking lots, most are easily reached with a short walk or hike.

In fact, the area around Hiawassee and Young Harris is heaven on earth for hikers, whether or not there’s a waterfall at trail’s end. Hiking trails range from easy to strenuous, so there is something for everyone. The Appalachian Trail (AT), which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine, runs through part of Towns County. In fact, Towns County and the community of

Hiawassee are part of the AT Community partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

In addition to the AT, favorite hiking trails include the half-mile trail to the top of Brasstown Bald, which is paved but steep, and allows you to explore the top of Georgia’s highest mountain. Three other trails are accessible on Brasstown Bald up to 6 miles in length.

Beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers more than nine miles of interpretive hiking trails, known as the Miller Trek, and Towns County has at least eight designated trails.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa counts horseback riding and golf among its available activities, in addition to its trails. Featuring five miles of trails, the Stables at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offer one- and two-hour guided mountain trail rides, accommodating all experience levels. Guests can meander through open fields, hardwood forests, and crystal-clear trout streams as they travel throughout the property. Custom excursions, hayrides and catered picnic rides also are available for both individual and group outings. For guests ages six-years-old and younger, the Stables offer hand-led horseback rides in the facility’s riding ring. The 1,200 square-feet facility is open to both resort guests and the general public.

The Brasstown Valley Golf Course has been ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top Georgia courses to play. Designed by Denis Griffiths, the golf course winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed in by the mountains. With five sets of tees, all skill levels will be able to enjoy a layout that is maintained to standards you’d expect.

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