Northeast Georgia Mountains

Old Jun 8th, 2009, 12:54 PM
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Northeast Georgia Mountains

I am planning to spend a week in a cabin in Clayton, Georgia. What side trips has anyone taken in that area that you would recommend. We will be there late October or early November.
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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Side trips? For what? Or, what are your interests? This is my favorite little corner of the world and there's a lot of stuff to do without going too far.

Lots of hikes, waterfalls, pretty drives, places to eat, things to do in the immediate area. If you want to go further afield you could take a drive to Highlands, NC. The drive from Highlands to Franklin is beautiful with waterfalls and short hikes along the way. If you want to go further, Asheville NC is great. Some folks take trips up to Cherokee, NC and do a little bit of gambling. Some head over to Helen, GA - a faux alpine village in the N GA mtns (I'm not a big fan). A really cool drive is to Tate City - where the road dead ends and you either hike or turn around. We take photo trips up there. My favorite drive in GA is east on 76 from Clayton and then south on 197. I think it's the prettiest drive in the state. Stop at the Mark of the Potter and feed the trout in the river and head west back over to Hwy 441N and then head back up to Clayton.

In Rabun County there are two state parks. Tallulah Falls is gorgeous. You can take a little stroll along the rim - or head down 1099 steps to the bottom of the gorge. Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest (in elevation) state park in GA (over 3400 ft). The Tennessee Rock trail is a nice 2+ mile hike. There's a short (but often steep) hike to a waterfall too (less than .5 mile). There's a strenuous 7+ mile hike, but believe them when they say strenuous! I "rescue" hikers that have give up as they cross the paved road - and give them rides back to their cars. Pretty overlooks abound.

If you like horseback riding, the Dillard House has a nice ride that fords the river in warmer weather. There's another nice place to ride on the way over to Helen.

So, tell us more what you like to do and more suggestions may follow

But, there's plenty to do without leaving Rabun County.
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Here are some "different" ideas -

If it's been a while since you've been to a drive-in, catch a double feature at the Tiger Drive-in

http://tigerdrivein.com/_wsn/page2.html

Get up on Saturday mornings and go to the organic market in the middle of town -
http://www.simplyhomegrown.org/
At that time of year there will be limited produce, but great treats. I just finished off the last of the kalmata focaccia bread with chevre dill cheese. Delish! Left 1/2 of a homemade chocolate pound cake for guests staying up there this week. The market is in front of a great shop and take the time to stroll the little town and shops.

If you want the best chicken sandwich in the world, try the greek chicken sandwich here - http://www.grapesandbeans.org/
They have a wonderful menu of organic items and fabulous specials (and sell Crocs if you find you just HAVE to get a pair)

Another nice lunch place is nearby - Fromage

If you want a great (and inexpensive) breakfast place, head to the Savannah Street Cafe.

On the corner in town is Reeves Hardware. It takes up a city block and has almost anything you can think of to buy (except stuff to eat). Hunting/fishing equipment, fine china and housewares, furniture...whatever. A huge store that goes on forever and it fun to wander.

We had a GREAT steak house - Buck Creek tavern - but they closed. The owners have reopened the space as Zeppelin's - and it's a blast. Great flatbread pizza, pasta, etc. Lots of beer and wine choices too - and they kept the famous Buck Creek salad
http://www.zeppelinspastahouse.com/About_Us.html

The best Mexican restaurant is in the Days Inn (of all places)- LaPachanga
There's a Thai restaurant down the road in Tiger
New Yorkers opened Mama G's Italian restaurant (can't remember which borough)
Mountain Man pizza in Dillard is owned by a Greek family and they offer a Greek menu on the first Monday of each month.

And, then there's the Dillard House. Perenially rated the top family style restaurant by all the folks that rate those restaurants, it's an institution -
http://www.dillardhouse.com/

Across the road there's the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school (a private boarding school) with a state of the art theatre. They offer concerts and shows and their Cirque performances are incredible. Hard to imagine these are 50 high schoolers performing. Check their calendar when you are up there.

One of my favorite experiences is the auction. Check to see if they are doing one while you are there -
http://www.goldenmemoriesauctions.com/calendar.html

If you are curious about mountain life in years go by, stop by the Fox Fire Museum -
http://www.foxfire.org/

And something may be going on at the Hambidge Center for the Arts-
http://www.hambidge.org/

Twice a year they do a water release in Tallulah Gorge and kayakers come from near and far to take advantage of the extra water. It's hard for me to imagine they actually navigate the gorge, but http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUMOQsOrJMw

Depending on when you come you may be interested in rafting the Chattooga River (the season goes through Oct. and they are having great water this year) - http://www.southeasternexpeditions.c...ooga_info.html
Yes, that's where the movie Deliverance was filmed.
The most scared I've ever been was on Section IV of that river. You can also hike in and watch rafters fall out at Bull Sluice. Section III is a lot less scary

And the gift shop of the interpretive center at Tallulah Falls sells the Tshirt - "Paddle harder, I hear banjos"
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Oops, forgot about wine. Here's one of the wineries in the county http://www.tigerwine.com/
and there's a "wine road" with others to try

The Beechwood Inn also offers tastings and fine dining theme nights -
http://www.beechwoodinn.ws/finediningwinecellar.html

And, I haven't been to the Lake Rabun hotel since new owners renovated it and took everything up several notches. It's an historic hotel and worth seeing and I've heard good things about their restaurant. (I missed out on some of the handmade furniture they put up for auction Gorgeous stuff, but they had their own antiques too.)

http://www.lakerabunhotel.com/restaurant.html

Louie's on the Lake is a pizza place across the road but will probably be closed by then.

Have fun!
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Thank you all for your help. It is great to see all that we can do. We usually like the hiking and picnics along the way. Then dinners out. There are some great ideas here for scenic rides, restaurants, etc. This is great. I am new to this forum and have submitted anything.
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Go to Helen. It's a cute little town, and October Fest will be going on then, which is neat. Very festive!
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WE've been to Helen. Very cute. We had spent a week in Blairsville a couple of years ago and went to Brasstown Bald, Helen and some other parks in the area. Also took a nice little scenic train ride in that area. So now we are trying the northeast corner of the mountains. Looking forward to Tallulah Park and Black Rock Mountain Park. Thanks for your help.
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