7 Things Families Will Love About Lake Chatuge and Towns County
Nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Towns County offers everything families are looking for in a fun, mountain vacation.
1. Lake Chatuge
This large lake that crosses into North Carolina, provides endless opportunity for families to reconnect, with fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming. Activity on the lake (pontoon rentals, waterskiing, jet skiing) starts in early May and continues through the summer. Families can camp by the lake or a stay in a cabin for easy lake access each day.
2. Towns County Beach
As the weather warms, the Towns County public beach is ideal for families with young children. Easy to reach off the main road through Hiawassee, the beach offers a roped area for swimming, a pavilion for picnics and new playground for hours of fun.
Hiking adventures with awesome mountain views are everywhere. Visit the tallest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald, where you can see five states at once from the observation deck. The observation area also includes a small museum to learn more about the site’s historical significance. The trails of the Chattahoochee-Oconee Forest make up two-thirds of the county, and many are easy-to-moderate in skill level.
Breathtaking waterfalls are around every corner. High Shoals Falls and Horse Trough Falls are closest to Hiawassee. Hike through lush, green landscapes and arrive at cascading falls. Make sure to stop for a picnic and pictures.
The small-town feel of Hiawassee is the perfect getaway from city life. Eat at family-owned restaurants serving hometown food, and shop for local art, home décor and more. Hotels and charming bed and breakfasts are all within walking distance of downtown.
6. Special Attractions
Have you ever wanted to meet an Alpaca? Towns County has numerous Alpaca farms for families to pet and observe including: Destiny Alpacas, Alpaca Tierra and Cupid Falls Farms. Families can also try horseback riding for the first time, or get back on the saddle at these stables: A Step Above Stables and The Stables at Brasstown Valley Resort. Try panning for gold; go tubing on nearby rivers or camp at the many area campgrounds. Adults can go wine tasting at local vineyards.
7. Seasonal Events
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts several big events during the year including the Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and concerts. The Anderson Music Hall and Pioneer Village also offer lots to see here. Another event is the Made in Georgia Festival with vendors who sell handmade crafts and foods.
Looking for where to stay?
Brasstown Valley Resort offers horseback riding, an indoor pool and hiking trails.
On this vacation, you can step back to simpler times, have outdoor adventures and relax around a campfire telling stories and eating s’mores. golakechatuge.com; 706-896-4966.