Just 80 miles north of Atlanta, “The Valley Above the Clouds” is known for its scenic views and abundant outdoor activities. A visit to Suches isn’t complete without a half-mile hike to Sea Creek Falls, a stout bridal-veil waterfall.
The Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River is the place to take a photo before dropping your canoe into the river. Or you can try your hand at the Appalachian Trail at Woody Gap, the unofficial gateway to the Appalachian Mountains.
Each October, the Indian Summer Festival takes place on the grounds of Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school. The weekend comes complete with a country-square dance, handmade quilts and homemade pies. In April, Suches hosts The Run Above the Clouds, a 10k and 5k race that gives scholarships to students at the Woody Gap School.
In Chattahoochee National Forest, Dockery Lake Recreation Area and Deep Hole Recreation Area are perfect campsites for family fishing trips. Dockery’s deep-blue waters are designated for trout, while Deep Hole has rock and smallmouth bass as well as rainbow and brown trout. Lake Winfield Scott is an 18-acre hidden gem within the forest with year-round access to picnicking, boating, swimming and hiking.
For calmer outdoor pursuits, Sosebee Cove Scenic Area is a verdant locale with towering trees and loads of wildflowers. And Preachers Rock is a two-mile, moderate hike to breathtaking peak views from multiple overlooks.