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Northeast Georgia has scenic wonders to enjoy in its forests and along its rivers and streams. Many of its picturesque waterfalls have relatively short and easy trails, while others require a more strenuous effort. Some of the waterfalls are close to each other and can be visited on one trip. Many of the waterfalls offer breathtaking views and quiet places for contemplation. Access and degree of difficulty varies.

There are plenty of opportunities to wander on public access hiking trails Dawson, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties in Northeast Georgia. The following is a county-by-county listing with general directions provided.

Inside Amicalola State Park
Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail.
This is a steady, strenuous climb to the top of Amicalola Falls;

Once upon a time, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources owned a huge tract of land in White County — more than 1,000 acres, heavily forested, with a beautiful lake. But the DNR didn’t want to spend the money to develop and manage the property, so they handed it over to the White County Board of Commissioners — for the grand sum of $1.

Do you know where Cabbage Patch Kids come from?

Guests can visit the home of these kids at the sprawling BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland. When patrons walk in the front doors of BabyLand General, they are greeted with the sight of Mother Cabbage and a plethora of dolls sprouting up from cabbage.

Tying your own flies can be considered an art or a utilitarian craft to catch just about any kind of fish.

Three local fly-tyers — Justin Aldrich and Jacob Brewster of Habersham County, and Scott Low of Rabun County — shared what they love about the art.

Aldrich got into tying flies, he said, “just to catch trout,” and now he ties flies for a living.

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.


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