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A Handful of Reasons to Visit Hiawassee

  • Boating on Lake Chatuge

Tucked just below the Georgia-North Carolina border, the town of Hiawassee is a natural playground for adults and children. There is plenty to keep you busy for a weekend or more, and it's easy to come up with reasons why you'll need to visit again soon.

Go boating on Lake Chatuge

A day at the lake doesn't have to mean Lanier, Oconee, Hartwell or Allatoona. North Georgia is packed full of natural and man-made bodies of water filled with fresh water. You can rent a boat, swim, waters ski, jet ski, or just float in a tube in the waters of 7,500-acre Lake Chatuge.

Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Horses at the gate of the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee
Horses at the gate of the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee

Home to the annual Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, concerts featuring artists whose hits you know from the radio, and various local festivals throughout the year, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds also offer lakeside camping for tents and RVs.

Sip local wine under the starry sky

Wine and cheese at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Georgia
Wine and cheese at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Georgia

Whether you steal away from the big city for a romantic interlude or make it a friends retreat, there are a number of cabins to rent in the Lake Chatuge area that give you plenty of opportunity to see the stars from your private deck. On your way up to the area, stop at some of North Georgia's award-winning wineries to stock up for the trip.

Take a leaf peeping tour

The Ridges Resort & Marina. Photo Credit: 5petalproductions.com
The Ridges Resort & Marina. Photo Credit: 5petalproductions.com

Driving up to North Georgia’s mountains in the autumn is a beautiful way to spend the day. Get your reservations in early at The Ridges Resort & Marina for an overnight stay. Then, plan on taking their leaf peeping pontoon boat ride for a different view of the fall color.

Hike to nearby High Shoals Falls

High Shoals Falls in Hiawassee, Georgia
High Shoals Falls in Hiawassee, Georgia

Don't attempt this drive in the family sedan. Off-road-worthy trucks and SUVs that can drive through a stream then on a trail are your best form of transportation to the beginning of a one-mile hike to the trailhead. Your hike will take you to High Shoals Falls, a great place to stop, soak up nature, rest and take some pictures.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

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