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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. 

Though the weather report was iffy, May 26 turned out to be perfect for this year’s Tugaloo River History Tour.

The paddle tour began with more than 100 excited participants. A thin line of fog hung over the Tugaloo River, allowing visitors to see just how special this area is to the state of Georgia. The fog quickly faded, and when it did, the full Tugaloo River came into view.

Hugging its normally tall banks, the river made a swift journey down the Tugaloo Corridor passing land that was formerly owned by Native Americans and then on to the historic Prather Bridge area.

Want something cool to do when temperatures soar this summer?

The Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park near Toccoa has at least a couple of solutions.

The first option is almost three miles of walking trails that wind their way through hardwood forests, glades filled with ferns and soothing sights and sounds of the Tugaloo River. And, the walks will definitely provide a cooler setting even if the sun’s out and blazing because most of the trails are covered in shade.

The Brock sisters, Ally and Andi, have been water skiing for years, winning local and regional championships along the way.

The young women, who live in Toccoa, say it's not so much the winning they like about the sport as it is the camaraderie that goes along with it.

"Everyone might root for you and cheer you on," said Ally, the older of the two siblings. "It's definitely like a huge community."

Andi agreed.

"It's a close-knit community," she said.

In the 15 or so years Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course has been in existence, there have been a few subtle changes since renowned golf course architect Bob Walker put his finishing touches on the Lake Russell gem.

But the changes have had nothing to do with intentional efforts to modify the natural layout of the course.

The newest of dams in the Savannah River Basin, in which a chain of scenic lakes stretches 120 miles from the mountains of Georgia and South Carolina to just north of Augusta, is Richard B. Russell (RBR) Dam. Completed in 1985, it has resulted in the most rustic and unspoiled lake in the system.

How did this happen on Lake Russell?

The headlines are always among the most tragic each summer.

“Man drowns in Lake Lanier Sunday night,” a local media outlet reports. And another, “Two airlifted after boating incident on Lake Burton.”

What begins as a fun day on the water in the summer can end with injury or death.

But there are plenty of ways to protect yourself and your family to keep those fun days on the lake fun this summer.

Sometime this summer you will probably get the urge to go fishing.

When this happens, some people can just pack a lunch and head to the nearest lake with their boat in tow. But what if you don’t have access to a boat?

No boat, no problem.

There’s plenty of quality fishing to be had in North Georgia without ever leaving the shoreline.

Rabun County’s Black Rock Mountain State Park, for example, boasts a 17-acre lake stocked with brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and sunfish.

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