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Rabun County is crisscrossed with streams, lakes, rivers and other waterways. As such, it is one of North Georgia’s best destinations for fly fishing.

Some of Rabun County’s most popular fly fishing locations include the Tallulah River, the Chattooga River, Moccasin Creek, Warwoman Creek and Black Rock Creek, just to name a few.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocks 14 bodies of water in Rabun with trout, and those areas see the most activity among fly fishers. However, there are hidden gems to be found off the beaten path.

Black Rock Mountain lurks over the shoulders of Rabun County’s residents and visitors alike, looming from its perch north of Clayton and west of Mountain City.

At the top, however, in Black Rock Mountain State Park the view is quite different — much of Rabun County, including the city of Clayton, are visible from the park’s main overlook and visitor center, and other overlooks provide a variety of stunning views.

In Dahlonega, it can certainly be said that the hills are alive with the sound of music.

Local music fans can find quality performances at the University of North Georgia, whether a choral program, brass ensemble, string quartet, piano, and even rock and pop music.

With the construction of the Convocation Center with its nearly 4,000-person capacity, the university now has a larger venue for band concerts.

For its inaugural rock show, the venue hosted popular band DNCE along with front man Joe Jonas earlier this spring.

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.

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