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Northeast Mountains of Georgia



The mountains of northeast Georgia offer the tourist a variety of beautiful vistas and exciting activities. There are gorgeous waterfalls, grand mountain views, and lakes and rivers that captivate the senses. Outdoor adventures abound – whether it is hiking one of the many trails that are available, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, canoeing, or horseback riding.

There are several quaint Georgia mountain towns and hamlets to enjoy. Shopping in one these villages is always a great way to relax and enjoy the hospitality and culture. In Dahlonega the town square has a number of mountain shops that afford an opportunity to browse and relax. Simply meander from shop to shop and enjoy the many unique crafts and art that are on display as well as antiques and other collectibles. Don’t miss treating yourself to one of the neat candy stores or enjoy a meal at one of the terrific restaurants on the square. The famous Smith House is just off the square – but you need to be hungry when you go there for a family style southern meal. Be sure to visit the Gold Museum and see where the first U.S. gold rush took place. Nearby is Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style town with red roofs and cobblestone streets, which puts on one of the nation’s best and longest Oktoberfest celebrations year after year. You can spend a day going in and out of a number of quaint shops that will simply tantalize the visitor with unique collectibles and ideas for gifts. Both Helen and Dahlonega offer a variety of festivals throughout the year.

One of the growing industries in Georgia is vineyards and wineries, and the center of this industry is found in the northeast Georgia mountains along what is known as the Georgia Wine Highway. Certainly Georgia cannot begin to compare to California’s vast wine producing industry, but you do not have to travel across the country to experience enjoyable winery tours and to taste fine wines. Along the part of the Georgia Wine Highway that is in this area, you can visit eight wineries – from Dahlonega to Clayton. Enjoy a daylong outing or, even better, escape for a nice romantic weekend getaway.

In addition, you can visit one of the many gorgeous waterfalls that dot this landscape. Travel to Amicalola Falls State Park just northwest of Dawsonville and be amazed at the beauty of this 729-foot waterfall – the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Near Clayton there are a number of waterfalls in the Chattahoochee National Forest to enjoy. Just north of Helen you will find Anna Ruby Falls, a spectacular double falls created by two creeks that join together. The Curtis Falls drops 153 feet and the York Falls drops 50 feet. South of Clayton along Highway 441 is the Tallulah Gorge State Park which is home to Tallulah Falls, which cascades down part of the 1,000 foot gorge. For a complete listing of northeast Georgia waterfalls and directions to the waterfalls, please visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains website.

The Northeast Mountains Area also boasts some very nice cultural venues and events. Check out the cultural activities in Dahlonega at such venues as the historic Holly Theatre and the Buisson Arts Center, which have live performances and a collection of visual arts. The Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee affords the opportunity to see many national acts. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, located in Sautee Nacoochee, showcases the handcraft skills of one of the South’s premier art forms and its historical importance in southern life. Nearby is the Sautee-Nacoochee Center which houses a museum, theater, and art gallery. In Tallulah Falls you can visit the Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts and see artist demonstrations and view completed art.

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