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Boats are likely one of the oldest modes of transportation known to man, and they serve many functions – from travel and transport to sport and recreation. But boats are not just utilitarian. They can be beautiful too.

Some of the most beautiful boats are hand-crafted with love and labor. Several of those creators live in North Georgia.

Boats ‘meant to be paddled’

When Chris Romberg wants to get away, he often turns to his cedar-strip canoe.

If you are out and about around the Northeast Georgia area and its several lakes, chances are you will happen upon some form of native wildlife. 

While the most common wildlife people encounter in this area is deer, it is not uncommon to encounter foxes, racoons, coyotes and even bobcats. However, none seems to compare with the uptick of human encounters with the region’s native black bear.

Tugaloo State Park is a 383-acre park located in Lavonia. Situated on a wooded peninsula on Lake Hartwell, Tugaloo offers visitors ample opportunities to observe local wildlife. 

Lucky visitors are likely to see foxes, geese, a wide variety of songbirds, raccoons and deer. 

Park rangers say that, among the local wildlife, deer are especially abundant. 

Maintaining the delicate balance between local wildlife and tourism is one of the important tasks of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and state park rangers. 

Area paddlers who pretty much have had the upper reaches of the Tugaloo River all to themselves may experience a change in that status next year.

That’s because a section of the river may become a part of the Georgia Water Trails Program as early as late winter 2019.

Whether you’re an experienced camper or a neophyte to outdoor activities, whether you prefer to spend a day fishing or don’t find any interest in the pastime, Moccasin Creek State Park, located along Lake Burton, has something for everyone.

More than 600,000 people visited Tallulah Falls State Park last year.

Most came for the scenery, the miles of hiking trails or the grandeur of one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast.

But many don’t realize the diversity of wildlife and rare plant species to be found in Tallulah Gorge.

Black Rock Mountain State Park is known for breathtaking mountain vistas and various camping areas for tent and RV campers alike.

Clayton store helps you experience the outdoors

“The most spectacular view in Towns County” can be found at Bell Mountain County Park and Historical Site, which provides mountain beauty and an unmatched vista of Lake Chatuge. 

Towns County native and Towns County Historical Society President Sandra Green said all Towns Countians are proud of Bell Mountain.

Antique car aficionados have a new venue to peruse and pursue their automobile-fueled hobby — the museum, Miles Through Time, which opened in Toccoa in June 2017.

Run by chief operating officer Sean Mathis with the assistance of local partner Larry Dodd, Miles Through Time has a range of vintage cars dating back to the early 1900s.

The oldest of the models dates back to 1910. That vehicle was purchased from the Sears catalog back in the day.

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