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10 Free Things to Do in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

Have fun with family in the Northeast Georgia Mountains without spending much cash.

  • Brasstown Bald

    Standing 4700 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia

Babyland General Hospital. A free tour lets you see Cabbage Patch Kids being born, but fair warning: Your kids will probably want to adopt one!

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery. See rainbow trout as they develop. Take a pole and fish in Rock Creek (with Georgia license and trout stamp). Monday through Friday: call ahead.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest-CNF. The district, in the north-central section of Georgia, has waterfalls, trails and lakes for fishing and swimming, and the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald. Many of the day-use areas are free, others have a small fee.

Geocaching at North Georgia Canopy Tours. Bring your GPS and search for clues and learn about North Georgia history, species of trees and animals. Geocaching is free and open all year.

Georgia Guidestones. These four 19-foot-tall granite pillars, erected in 1979, are a curiosity worth exploring.

The Gourd Place. More than 200 gourds from 23 countries. See everything from contemporary works to early-American reproductions to gourds from around the world.

Mountain Fresh Creamery & Glo-Crest Dairy. Watch your milk being bottled while you shop for minimally processed dairy products, including milk, cheese and butter.

Old Sautee Store & Museum. See artifacts from a country store founded in 1872, then buy fresh-baked bread or farmers cheese.

Stovall Mill Covered Bridge. Picnic within view of Georgia’s shortest clear span covered bridge, built in 1895.

Walking Tour of Our Solar System. This 1.8-mile scale model walking tour of the solar system begins at the sun on the southeast corner of the Gainesville downtown square.

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