The Young Harris and Hiawassee 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