Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
668 441 Business Highway, Cornelia, GA 30531
Phone: 800-835-2559 or 706-778-4654
Enjoy Habersham Hospitality
• Exploring a 1,000-foot gorge at Tallulah Falls
• Fly-fishing, kayaking, or canoeing in the Chattahoochee or Soque River
• Camping, fishing, playing and boating at Lake Russell near Cornelia
• Visiting historic museums such as Cornelia Depot, The Telephone Museum, The Loudermilk Boarding House home of the Elvis Museum, The Johnny Mize Baseball Museum at Piedmont College and the Mauldin House in Clarkesville
• Hiking the many trails in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains including the Appalachian Trail, all with rewarding vistas and waterfalls
• Visit the only stone fire tower in the state with a breathtaking view overlooking Lake Russell
• Driving Scenic Hwy 197 home of many art and craft shops including Mark of the Potter, the oldest continuously operating craft store in Georgia.
• Enjoy Award winning, locally owned restaurants and quaint shops
• Take in zipline tours, horseback riding, ATV, flyboarding and more at Sunburst Stables
Whether you are interested in nature, arts/crafts, shopping, dining, recreation or entertainment you can find it in Habersham County. Come and enjoy our wonderful county. We know you’ll find it a welcoming and friendly place.
Tallulah Falls lies within the Tallulah Gorge, a 1000-foot chasm carved out by the Tallulah River. It consists of six waterfalls cascading through the gorge. Spectacular views can be seen from overlooks and suspended bridges.
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
Images from Tallulah Gorge
At the Tallulah Gorge State Park you can also see exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center which highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.
The Panther Creek Park and Falls with Hiking Trail
Enjoy picnicking, hiking and fishing in this beautiful park area. The Panther Creek Hiking Trail follows Panther Creek through strands of white pine and hemlock along steep rocky bluffs on the creek. The trail passes a series of beautiful cascades and Panther Creek Falls. Be cautious of rocky overhangs.
The Panther Creek Trail is located in the North Georgia Mountains outside of Clarkesville, GA off of Old US 441. This 3.5 mile out-and-back hike (7 miles total) ends in arguably the most beautiful waterfall in North Georgia. Take US 23/441 south from Tallulah Falls. In 3 miles, turn right on Historic 441 to the Panther Creek Recreation Area on the right (fee area). The western end of the trail begins across the highway from the Recreation area. The eastern end of the trail can be reached by driving west on Yonah Dam Road.
Chattahoochee National Forest
508 Oak St. NW
Gainesville, GA 30501
Swimming, Boating and Fishing
If you’re in search of the catch of the day or the catch of a lifetime, Habersham County is the place for you. With mountain lakes and numerous trout streams Habersham County is every angler’s dream location for catching The lakes are home to several species of fish, including Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, White Catfish, Walleye, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Yellow Perch.
The Soque River in Habersham County GA is uniquely contained entirely within the county boundaries and makes up the northernmost portion of the upper Chattahoochee watershed in northeast Georgia. Check out the trout fishing that the Soque River provides.
Fly Fishing in the Soque River in Habersham
Lake Russell and Nancytown Lake
Lake Russell is a 100 acre lake with campsites, beach, water slide,
showers and picnic sites. Nancytown is a 7 acre lake with semi-primitive
settings ideal for scout groups and summer camps. Both lakes offer
fishing with several hiking trails surrounding them. Highway 123 East,
Mt. Airy. 706-754-6221.
Cornelia is the industrial hub of the county and has many fine restaurants and motels including a restaurant with a 1950’s theme (Fenders) and an Elvis Museum.
Big Red Apple and Train Depot in Cornelia
Cornelia Railroad Depot Museum
Railroad museum with artifacts from Southern Railway Co. and the
Tallulah Falls Railroad Co. Also on site are two restored cabooses.
Downtown Cornelia. 706-778-8585.
Cornelia is also home to the “Big Red Apple”, which is located downtown at the old train station. The “Big Red Apple” was constructed of steel and concrete in 1925, weighs 5, 200 pounds and is 7 feet tall. Recent renovation has brought the Cornelia Train Depot back to life and the “Big Red Apple” is now the focal point of the yearly Apple Festival held annually the second Saturday in October.
Big Red Apple Festival in Cornelia
Clarkesville at Night
Clarkesville, the county seat, is a small, relaxed town with forty structures listed on the National Historic registry. Its walking square greets you with quaint shops, locally owned restaurants and Clarkesville’s award-winning hospitality. It is home to many fine restaurants and the historic Mauldin House. In Clarkesville you can enjoy Pitts Park, a city park with playground, picnic areas, hiking/jogging trail, and peaceful sites on the bank of the Soque River. The park is located off Highway 197 North, Clarkesville.
Along Scenic Highway 197 you can enjoy several art galleries, as well as the Mark of the Potter, which is the oldest continuously operating Craft Store in Georgia.
Storefront for Mark of the Potter
A hallmark of springtime activities in Habersham County since it's inception in 1963, The ountain Laurel Festival is the oldest festival of it's type in North Georgia. The Festival was recently named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Festival is held on the third Saturday in May in Pitts Park and on the Square in Clarkesville, Georgia, and offers several activities for the whole family.