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A center for mountain culture and music, numerous local crafts and music shows showcase throughout the year.

The Georgia Mountain Fair holds three yearly Festivals, including the Spring Country Music Festival in May, the Georgia Mountain Fair in August, and a Mountain Fall Festival in October. From May through October it hosts several Super Star Concerts starring nationally known country music stars.

The Reach of Song Georgia's Official Historic Drama, is held June through August, at the Clegg Fine Arts Center on Young Harris College Campus. In song, dance, stories from the whittler's bench and gossip from the quilting bee, the drama presents the rich cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains before, during and after World War II.

Young Harris College hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year, including theatre presentations, art exhibits, music shows and Rollins Planetarium shows.

Sports and Recreation

The Chattahoochee National Forest and parts of four wilderness areas are host to a multitude of flowers and wildlife. Lake Chatuge, a 7500 acre TVA reservoir, is a haven for fishermen, skiers and boaters. Marinas and public boat docks provide easy access to the lake. Rent a boat, a pontoon, a small boat, or even a canoe to help you enjoy the scenic beauty.

Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy mountain biking, tennis, horseback riding, swimming at a lakeside beach, or golf at one of the top ten rated courses in the state.

Brasstown Bald
Brasstown BaldTake GA75 south toward Helen from Hiawassee. Turn right on GA180 (look for signs) Go approximately 5 miles. Entrance is on right. Georgia's highest mountain rises 4,784 feet above sea level. On a clear day you may see four states. The Visitor's Information Center, located at the summit of the Bald, houses an exhibit hall with interesting displays and a slide show of the seasons in the mountains. A very steep, paved one-half mile trail leads to the Visitor's Center. The Center is open daily from Memorial Day through October and on weekends in early spring (depending on the weather.)

Facilities include picnic tables, concession building, craft shop, restrooms, four hiking trails (ranging from five to six miles in length), the Brasstown Wilderness which offers a wide diversity of flora and fauna, and plenty of parking. "The Bald" is operated by the National Forest Service. For information, call the Brasstown Bald Information Center at (706) 896-2556 or the Heritage Association Bookstore at (706) 896-3471.

The U. S. Forestry Service has recently added a Brasstown Bald webcam to their site so you may get a bird's eye view of our area and the weather..

Hamilton Rhododendron Garden
Located at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds one mile west of Hiawassee,GA. Look for the sign on the right inside the fairgrounds and follow road to top of the mountain.

The rhododendron garden is beautiful any time of the year but it is particularly so in the spring when the dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendrons and spring bulbs are in bloom. Rhododendrons are at their peak the last of April and first part of May. Two thousand varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas grace a pine bark trail overlooking Lake Chatuge.

The Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is open every day year round and there is no charge to enter. The Garden was started by Fred Hamilton and his wife Hazel. The Hazel Hamilton yellow azalea was named after her. The Garden is maintained by the Georgia Mountain Fair.

High Shoals Waterfalls - Take GA 75 south from Hiawassee for about 9 miles. Just past GA 180 on the left is a low sign that says "High Shoals." Travel 1.4 miles to the High Shoals Scenic Area. A succession of five falls graces this 170 acre scenic area. An abandoned road climbing the mountainside affords access from which pedestrians can strike off at several levels and descend to the respective waterfalls. There is an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. It is well worth the effort to see these dramatic falls. Hall Creek Falls, and Cupid Falls are worth the trip. There are many small falls on the hiking trails.


Tate City - Take US 76 east from Hiawassee going toward Clayton.It is approximately 17 miles. Turn left on county paved road for seven miles.(Sign says "Persimmon Valley.") Turn left on Forest Service Road 70 for four miles and watch for signs that say "Tate City."

Tate city was once a busy corundum mining community and later a logging town with store and churches. Now only two churches and a handful of homes remain. Most of the original mountain people are gone. The area is best known now for hiking, picnicking and camping. The Tallulah River runs through Tate City and has been the site of TV commercials, postcard vistas and a movie. Many of the streams entering the Tate City valley have waterfalls.

Appalachian Trail -forms the eastern boundary of Towns County. Access points at Unicoi mountain(White County) and Rabun County line.

The Mountain High Hikers meet every Tuesday to hike portions of the Trail as well as help with its upkeep. For more information contact Virginia Felker at (706) 745-3688.


Boundary Waters Resort & MarinaBoundary Waters Resort & Marina
528 Sunnyside Road, Hiawassee, GA (800) 323-3562 or (706) 896-2530 Dock and boat rentals, covered boat slips - pontoons, canoes, paddle boats, bait and tackle. Visit our Ship's Store. Tour the lake by boat or purchase a boat of your own. Free dockage/storage for guests' private boats/trailers.


FieldStone Inn Marina
Fieldstone Marina3499 US Highway 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546, 706-896-2262 or 800-545-3408. Few inland marinas have comparable amenities. The FieldStone Inn Marina is located on Lake Chatuge, with two hundred miles of scenic shoreline. Situated in a picturesque cove between the mountains, the inn offers views and services that cannot be compared. serious boaters appreciate the new docks, services, slips and ramps. Rentals: Canoes, Paddle Boats, Aquacycles, Fishing Boats. Swimming from the white sand beach. Dock services: Fuel, full-time mechanic, ice and concession items. Concrete ramp for trailered boats. Full line of new boats, equipment and repair service. Free Boat Slips for FieldStone Guests!

Serenity Cove Boat Rentals
Lower Bell Creek Road, Hiawassee, GA. (800) 896-1465 or (706)896-1465. Boat rentals, pontoons, fishing boats.


Hickorynut Cove Trout Farm & Campground
Upper Bell Road, Hiawassee, GA (800) 896-5341 or (706) 896-5341
Rainbow trout fishing. Sunup to sundown 7 days a week. No license required. All fishing gear furnished. Also available - Smoked trout ready to eat.

Lake Chatuge Marine Bait & Tackle
Highway 17/69 North, Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-2262. Bait and tackle, supplies and fishing licenses.

Lakeview Bait & Tackle
1345 US Hwy 76 E, Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-3608. Bait and tackle, supplies and fishing licenses.

Mossbrook U-Catch Rainbow Trout
US Hwy 76 E (9 miles from Hiawassee) (706) 896-1343. Fish for trout in the pond. No license needed.


Brasstown Valley Golf CourseBrasstown Valley Resort
6321 U.S. Highway 76, Young Harris, GA 30582, 706-379-9900 or 800-201-3205
Brasstown Valley Golf Club - Designed to attract outdoor enthusiasts, Brasstown Valley touts a new 7,100-yard Scottish links style golf course, with water coming into play on 10 holes. Nominated as "America's Best New Resort Golf Course of the Year" Golf Digest, named a member of the prestigious "Leading Golf Courses of America " based on its ranking in the top three percent of all golf courses in North America.

For more information contact the Towns County Tourism Association at
800-984-1543 or

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