Mother Nature endowed Towns County with many blessings. In fact, half the county (more than 57,500 acres!) lie within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The beauty of the area is a popular draw for the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy nature’s bounty, whether it’s hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, camping or just reveling in the majesty of the mountains, streams, lakes and waterfalls.

Lake Chatuge

Spend lazy summer days boating, skiing, fishing and camping on the blue waters of beautiful Lake Chatuge. It’s 130+ miles of shoreline features naturally formed coves, inlets and hideouts. In addition to watersports, a public beach and playground area is available and located across from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. (

Boundary Waters Resort & Marina

This family owned and operated resort marina offers 200 covered slips, lakeside vacation rentals, new and used boat sales, full marina services and the Blue Canoe gift shop. Boundary Waters offers a full range of boat rentals, including pontoons, ski boats, deck boats, jet skis, runabouts, canoes and kayaks. (

The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge, The Ridges Resort boasts lakeside dining in The Oaks, conference facilities and newly renovated accommodations. The adjoining 400 slip marina offers long- and short-term slip rentals, as well as pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, peddle boats and jet ski rentals. When you stay at the resort, you’ll enjoy fireside s’mores, lawn games, a saltwater pool, afternoon cookies and more. (

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Situated on 503 beautiful mountain acres, Brasstown Valley Resort (pictured) offers luxurious accommodations (lodge and cottages), fabulous dining (Friday night seafood buffet and Saturday night prime rib buffet), conference facilities, world-class spa services, 18-hole championship golf and guided horseback riding on miles of mountain trails. It’s also a popular spot for weddings and business meetings. (

Young Harris College & Rollins Planetarium

Visit the beautiful campus of this small liberal arts college founded in 1886 by a circuit-riding Methodist minister. You can attend student athletics, including baseball, tennis, soccer and lacrosse. The public is also invited to music and theater performances in the Glenn-McGinnis Hall, space shows at the Rollins Planetarium and art exhibits at the Campus Gate Art Gallery. (

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

Founded in 1983, this school is a mountain top retreat in Young Harris where strangers from all states and countries come together to learn about lapidary arts. The annual season runs from April thru November, and classes typically last one week. Lodging and meals are available, as well as campsites. Classes include gourds, basketry, carving, chains, faceting, leatherworking and much more. (

John C. Campbell Folk School

Dating back to 1925, this nonprofit school offers more than 800 classes each year in traditional and contemporary arts, crafts, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, writing and more. Several fun-filled events are held at the school, including the Annual Fall Festival. The public can participate in weekend concerts and dances, walk the trails on the 300-acre campus and shop at the craft shop, which represents more than 300 craftspeople both local and regional. (

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Located along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge, the Fairgrounds offers a wide variety of unique venues, special events and year-round camping facilities. Popular annual events include the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-in, Landfest, Georgia Mountain Egg Fest, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Mountain Country Christmas. The Anderson Music Hall seats 2,900 people for performances by popular country, rock and Christian musicians like Molly Hatchet, Sawyer Brown, Tracy Lawrence and Dailey & Vincent. (

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens, located next door to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, is home to the largest collection of rhododendrons and azaleas in the southeast. The land was donated as a park by the Tennessee Valley Authority and initially planted in 1981 with 1,091 plants. Bloom season begins in early April and continues well into May. The botanical gardens are open-year round 8am-8pm and offer mulched trails that take you through the gardens and along the shoreline of Lake Chatuge. (

Crane Creek Vineyards

Crane Creek Vineyards sits high in the mountains, just three miles north of Young Harris and in the shadow of Brasstown Bald. The vineyard is part of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands American Viticultural Area, a special area designation due to the unique climate and soils. More than 20 acres of vines are planted in a variety of grapes, including Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Villard Noir and Cardonel. The tasting room, open year-round, is situated within the original 1886 Appalachian farmhouse. You can enjoy winery tours, tastings, special events and even weddings. (

Hightower Creek Vineyards

This small, family-operated vineyard is located on the far east side of Towns County, on Hwy. 76 toward Clayton. The first vines were planted in 2009 with seven acres currently farmed. Located in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands American Viticultural Area, the vines are a mix of old-world Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Merlot, along with native American and French American hybrids such as Norton, Traminette and Vignoles. Grapes are crushed, fermented, aged and bottled on-site. Stop by the tasting room year-round and enjoy special events and live music most weekends. (

High Shoals Falls

One of the most popular waterfalls in the area, High Shoals Falls is a succession of five waterfalls with an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. Located in the 170-acre High Shoals Falls-Chattahoochee National Forest scenic area, the trail to the falls follows along High Shoals Creek to observation decks beside two of the five cascading streams. (

Bald Mountain Camping Resort

This resort is often referred to as a “Little Slice of Heaven in the Mountains of Georgia.” It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a place to visit in the spring, summer or fall, you’ll always enjoy the beauty of the park. Cabin rentals are available, as well as full hook-up RV sites (big rigs welcome!) with cable TV, WiFi, picnic tables and fire rings. The wide range of activities include two playgrounds, game room, basketball and volleyball courts, shuffleboard, pool, 18-hole mini golf course, fishing, kayaking and paddle boating. (

Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area

This picturesque area is located on a pine-wooded peninsula on Lake Chatuge, just over the border into North Carolina. The area offers 100 camping sites (May-October), a swimming beach with accessible showers and flush toilets, hiking trails, picnic areas with shelters, and a launch ramp for boating, waterskiing and fishing. It’s also a favorite for mountain biking enthusiasts, with more than 14 miles of challenging trails. (