Visit the mountains of North Georgia for some of the most beautiful natural vistas and dramatic seasonal landscapes you'll find anywhere in the United States. The Appalachian Trail winds through this area, drawing campers and serious outdoor enthusiasts here from all over the world during every season of the year. While you are here, go fishing for trout in a secluded mountain stream, go horseback riding along the endless miles of trail here, or simply take in the clear air and imagine what life might have been like for the native people who once occupied this area, the settlers who explored these mountains, or the civil war soldiers who camped out here on cold nights.
The towns around the North Georgia Mountains are rich with culture and history. Learn about the important events that took place here and the influence of the gold mining and timbering industries. Visit local restaurants and experience some of the traditional cuisine of the Georgia Mountains, which is not quite southern but carries a regional flair of its own.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your visit:
-Tour North Georgia's Battlefields: Visit the famous Civil War battlefield sites in this area to learn more about a troubled period in the history of the United States.
-Take a tour of Helen, GA: Explore this gold rush and lumber mill town and learn about life in Georgia during an earlier era.
-Take a scenic drive: Some of the best known scenic drives in America wind through the North Georgia Mountains. Fall is an especially good time to travel along Scenic 197 or the Cohutta Loop.
-Join the seasonal festivals: North Georgia is the home of some memorable seasonal festivals in the spring and fall. Time your visit in the fall for the Prater's Mill Country Fair or the Georgia Apple Festival. Come in the spring for the Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race or the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
-Hike the trails: Go hiking or bicycling through Georgia's state and national parks to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls and overlooks in the country. Travel along the Appalachian Trail or climb to the Brasstown Bald, the tallest peak in Georgia.
-Stop at a roadside stand: No trip to the mountains is complete without a stop at a Georgia roadside stand. The area is best known for its peanut, sorghum, and pumpkin treats as well as regional jams and jellies.
Though the spring and the fall are the most popular seasons for visitors to the North Georgia Mountains, the entire area is beautiful all year long and the winter is a perfect time for cross country skiing and snowshoeing along the quiet hidden trails. Rent a secluded cabin off the beaten path if you'd like to escape for a while. Or, find a vacation rental in one of Georgia's historic neighborhoods and take advantage of easy access to museums, shopping, and nightlife.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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