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It’s pretty easy being green in Dahlonega, especially if you’re the outdoor type. Because the popular North Georgia gold mining town is home to numerous green spaces, parks and mini-parks.

That’s all by design, said Dahlonega mayor Sam Norton. 

“We’re an hour away from metro Atlanta but worlds away from metro Atlanta,” he said with a chuckle. “And our green-spaces enhance that.”

As a result, Dahlonega has been deemed Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since 2001 for its “commitment to community forestry.”

And it shows.

There's plenty of disc-flying fun to be had at Yahoola Creek Park. And you don't even have to worry about a tee time.

Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, has become a favorite pastime for a lot of folks who enjoy getting outdoors and seeing the world, or at least a tiny part of it.

The rules are similar to traditional golf, except players throw their disc into a basket instead of hitting a ball into a hole.

Disc golf is much more affordable than traditional golf, as it’s free to play at most courses and a used set of discs can be obtained for about $20.

The Holcomb family of Toccoa is a train loving clan.

“You know you are a train loving family when on a Saturday at 5:30 in the morning you go wake your kids up and tell them they’ve got to get going because we don’t want to miss Train Day at 6 a.m. and they jump right out of bed,” Cavonna Holcomb said.

She and her husband, Stacey, are parents to boys Knox and Hamp.

The quartet spends a lot of their free time watching trains, most often at the train depot on Alexander Street in Toccoa.

The Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center has come a long way in four years … and its journey has just begun.

Since the city of Toccoa assumed ownership in March 2014, the facility has undergone extensive renovation that has included a complete remodeling of the lobby, an enlarging of the stage, construction of an orchestra pit, as well as a fresh coat of paint, installation of new carpet and an enhancement of the heating and air conditioning units. 

Visitors to the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project in early June for the anniversary observance of the D-Day landing in World War II, will see a new structure on the premises: a building with materials dating to the camp’s World War II days as a training post for airborne troops.

Wooden panels of a barracks building that had not been used for their original purpose for some 65 years, recently returned to the base of Currahee Mountain.

The panels — or sections — were nailed into place by members of the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project and their allies, Roesch Construction.

Listen carefully, and you'll hear for yourself the mountains of Northeast Georgia are alive with song.
Balmy, summer nights with views of mountaintops in the distance set the backdrop for Habersham County's outdoor music scene, like Clarkesville Main Street's annual Friday Night Live events in downtown.
Having kicked off in May, the Friday Night Live series returns the third Friday of every month through August, giving residents and visitors alike yet another opportunity to get out and about, and appreciate some of the finer experiences Habersham has to offer.

Hidden in the North Georgia mountains are stories just waiting to be told – on stage, that is.
Several venues in Habersham County offer one-of-a-kind performances that are always changing, always keeping theater-goers on their toes – and at the ticket booth.
A hometown favorite is Habersham Community Theater (HCT), which provides live theater for residents and visitors in the heart of downtown Clarkesville. Past performances include “Avenue Q,” “Charlotte’s Web,” the musical, “The Nutcracker” play and ballet, “Welcome to Mitford” and many more.

Dating back to 1973, the historic pioneer fort of Fort Hollingsworth has been open to the public since 1996. The fort has been well kept for all of these years in order to help teach visitors its unique story.
According to its website, “Between 1782 and 1797, various treaties were made with the Indians to define Georgia’s boundaries. Forts were built to protect the settlers who lived on the frontier from local indigenous Indians who were likely to be incited by misunderstandings.”

The famed Chenocetah Fire Tower, high atop Chenocetah Mountain in Cornelia, offers some of the best views of Habersham County and greater Northeast Georgia.
Now open for tours from 9 a.m-1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 4, the public is invited to visit, take breathtaking photos at the top from an elevation of 1,830 feet, and learn about its history from a local historian.

When it comes to summertime fun at the lake, whether you’re looking for a day, a weekend or longer, Lake Lanier Islands truly has something for everyone.

Located in Buford, over several islands in Lake Lanier, the 1,500-acre Lanier Islands property is more than just a beach. From golf to zip-lining to swimming, boating hiking and horseback riding, Lanier Islands offers worlds of fun in one location.

Fun on the water

Lake Lanier covers 38,000 acres, and the best way to explore them is by boat. 

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