View from Bell Mountain in Hiawassee, Georgia. Photo by @teja_mein_hu

View from Bell Mountain in Hiawassee, Georgia. Photo by @teja_mein_hu

A Handful of Reasons to Visit Hiawassee

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.

Boating on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia

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.

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

Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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.

Wine and cheese at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Georgia

Sip local wine under the starry sky

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.

Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia

Take a leaf peeping tour

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 on Lake Chatuge for an overnight stay. Then, plan on taking their leaf peeping pontoon boat ride for a different view of the fall color.

High Shoals Falls in Hiawassee, Georgia

Find amazing natural scenery

Drive to the Hal Herrin Scenic Overlook at Bell Mountain Park for 360-degree views of the surrounding lake and mountains.

And, if you have an off-road-worthy truck or SUV that can drive through a stream then on a trail, you can get to the beginning of a one-mile hike to the trailhead for High Shoals Falls. Stop, soak up nature, rest and take some pictures.

Find more great things to see and do, places to stay, and restaurants in this Guide to Hiawassee.

Published: February 2020