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The Northeast Georgia Mountain area provides a multitude of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

 

Antiques

Antiques/Shopping/Flea Markets

  • Rabun Gap Flea Market: (706) 746-2837 - 134 Market Cir, Rabun Gap, GA
  • Whistle Stop Market: (888) 349-1600 1281 Georgia Road • Franklin, NC 28734

Biking

Biking (Click to see our page of trails in the NE Georgia Mountains)

 

 

Gem Mining

Gem Mining

  • Gold N Gem Grubbin: Mine for Gold and Gem Stones in our convenient sluices or right in the creek just like the ole' timers did. Contact them at (706) 865-5454
  • Gold City Gem Mine: Come mine one of several types of buckets here at Gold City.  We have both Native and Enriched Gemstone buckets.  After mining, bring your rough stones in to our on-site professional jeweler for free inspection.  You can also have your stones cut and mounted in to a variety of gold and silver mounts for a beautiful souvenir.  Contact them at (800) 713-7767
  • Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum: Gemologists and rock hounds will enjoy a visit to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum in Franklin, with its collection of countless precious and semiprecious stones found in this mineral-rich region of North Carolina as well as other areas in and out of the state. Contact them at (704) 369-7831

 

    Golfing  

 

 

Golf

 

     Hiking

Hiking and Backpacking (Click for our list of trails)

 

Horseback Riding (Click for our list of trails)

 

 

   

Hot Air Balloon Rides

  • Balloons Over Georgia: (678) 283-4033
  • Magic Carpet Ballooning Adventures: Floating with the dancing wind, somewhere between the treetops and the clouds; there’s no better way to see the Georgia sights around Atlanta than from one of our 2 hot air balloons "Sun Dancer" or "Magic Dancer"... Located 74 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at (770) 436 - 9960
  • Sky Blue Balloon Rides: Come see the scenery like you never have. A hot air balloon ride over North Georgia. When you take a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Over Georgia you will see the sites like never before. From your lofty perch you will see Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta skyline and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges to our north. Sometimes you might even get to watch deer run or fly with a hawk. Located at 112 Jason Lane in Cumming, Ga just 80 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at 678-947-9866.

      Hunting 

Hunting

  • Brush Creek Sporting Club: 1631 Moriah Church Road, Colbert, GA 30628 Contact them at (706) 788-2910
  • Etowah Valley Game Preserve & Sporting Clays Park: 120 Leon Jones Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534  (678) 410-0983 or (404) 557-9967
  • The Warwoman WMA, located in the northeastern corner of the county, boasts 15,800 acres of hunting land and the Lake Burton WMA, located in western Rabun County, has 12,600 acres. Both areas provide hunting opportunities for: deer, boar, turkey, bear, various small game. Contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for information or maps of the areas.

     Restaurants  

Restaurants (Link for our list of restaurants)

    Skiing  

Skiing

  • Scaly Mountain, NC: Snow tubing only. Scaly Mountain Outdoor Sports Park is a friendly, fun, family-oriented resort offering snow tubing and ice skating only. Thousands of families have come to enjoy snow tubing at Scaly Mountain and we would like you to come join us. Contact at (828) 526-3737
  • Cataloochee, NC: Visit Cataloochee Ski Area this season and experience southern hospitality on the slopes. For generations of snow-loving families,Cataloochee is a winter tradition, and with good reason. Contact them at (800) 768-0285
  • Hawksnest Resort, NC: This summer we will be expanding our beginner area.  This new area will be about 500 feet long and serviced by a moving sidewalk conveyor lift.  The expanded area will have 100% snowmaking and lighting for nighttime ski or snowboarding.  This expanded beginner area will make Hawksnest one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard. Contact them at (800) 822-4295
  • Ober Gatlinburg, TN: Ober Gatlinburg offers eight trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlift which keeps you out of lift lines and on the slopes.  When temperatures drop, our snowmaking equipment blankets 100% of our slopes.  Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface. Contact them at (800) 251-9202 or (865) 436-5423
  • Ski Beech, NC: With excellent skiing (day or night), and a charming Alpine Village filled with intriguing shops, tempting restaurants and more, you'll find that Ski Beech offers a winter wonderland of fun and activities for all members of your family or group! Contact them at 800-438-2093.

Tennis  

Tennis

  • Rabun County High School
  • Terrora Park at Tallulah Gorge
  • Kingwood Resort

Movies

Theatres (Movie)

  • Tiger Drive-In: The Tiger Drive In is now open Thurs, Fri, and Sat and Sunday with double features "Two movies for the price of one" on Friday and Saturday. Located at 2956 Old Hwy 441 in Tiger, Ga. Contact them at (404) 680-5066 for showtimes.
  • Ruby Cinemas in Franklin, NC: Located at 2097 Georgia Rd in Franklin, NC. Contact them at (828) 524-2076
  • Habersham Hills Cinemas in Cornelia, GA: Habersham Hills Cinemas is easy to find and "easy in-easy out" right on Ga. 365 at Cody Rd. only 4.5 miles North of the Cornelia Wal-Mart exit (Hwy 441). Contact them at (706) 776-7469

Boating  

Water Recreation (Link to our water recreation page)

Waterfalls  

NE Georgia Waterfalls (Link to our waterfall locations page)

Winery

Wineries

Tiger Mountain Winery

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny slopes of the North Georgia mountains. Our vineyard is small, the vines individually tended and the grapes hand-picked for quality. Our red wines are barrel-aged 12 to 24 months. Visit the vineyards and enjoy barrel-room tastings.

Beginning April 19, 2013, the Red Barn Cafe will be open to the public for lunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. from April through November. Gourmet lunches will be catered by Rob Rotunno of the award-winning Corkscrew Café in Dahlonega. There will be live music on Saturdays.

Glen-Ella Springs

Over a century old and restored in 1986, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn features 16 well-appointed rooms each individually decorated with period antiques, luxury linens, colorful fabrics and locally made furniture as part of the decor. The rooms all open onto covered porches complete with rocking chairs to enjoy the serene setting. The restaurant is open most evenings at 5:30 p.m. and has been recognized as one of Georgia's top dining destinations. Reservations are recommended.

Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a wonderful location for romantic getaways, destination weddings as well as family and corporate retreats. Surrounded by 17 acres with a perennial flower and herb garden, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a place where nature, casual elegance, exceptional food and true Southern hospitality come together. Lodging rates are based on double occupancy and always include a full hot entree breakfast.

Habersham Vineyards and Winery

Some of the finest award-winning Georgia wines have been produced at Habersham Vineyards & Winery since 1983. More than 150 medals have been awarded to Habersham Wines in both national and international competitions. The winery orginally was located in Baldwin until November 1998 when construction on a new facility located at the Nacoochee Village in Helen was completed. Located just one-half mile from Alpine Helen, the Nacoochee Village is now home to not only the Georgia Winery but to many other unique shops.

We use our best grapes and oak barrels to produce our premium, vintage dated, varietal Creekstone wines. Our popular Habersham Estates label include varietal vinefera wines as well as blended wines using both vinefera and French-American grapes. Southern Harvest wines use native muscadine grapes grown in South Georgia.

Crane Creek Vineyards

At Crane Creek Vineyards, you have the opportunity to taste and purchase the fruits of our labors. At our tasting room, you are welcome to sample the wines produced from our grapes. These wines are the product of our own winery and other Georgia wineries, which have crafted our raw product into works of art. Tour our winery and observe an operation that perfectly merges modern winemaking techniques with traditional artisan methods. Also plan to join us for a variety of intimate events where food, wine and the beauty of the North Georgia mountains come together in perfect harmony. Our wine list is always changing throughout the year, so we often have new releases for you to try.

You may also come and enjoy a special Vintner's Tour. The Tour is by Reservation Only. The Vintner's Tour includes a tour of the winery, your wine tasting, a souvenir glass and a cheese/cracker plate. Check out our Special Events on our webpage.

Montaluce Winery

Montaluce Estates is nestled on the 400-acre estate located 10 minutes west of the Dahlonega Square. The majestic Tuscan-style property abuts the Etowah River and the Chatahoochee National Forest. At the heart of the Montaluce Estate and at its highest point, the property boasts a modern 25,000-square-foot winery and restaurant. Reminiscent of a grand Tuscan Villa, with sweeping views of the vineyards and Georgia mountains, guests will discover the Italian ideal of "La Vita Bella." 20 acres of property are dedicated to vineyard, growing 10 different varietals of grapes.

Montaluce delivers award-winning European-style wines with a focus on Estate grown grapes. The award-winning wines are served and sold in the Montaluce tasting room as well as in Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce. Le Vigne Restaurant offers fresh farm-to-table food from Executive Chef Austin Rocconi, focusing on local fare and produce from the organic garden at Montaluce.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

The European-style Georgia Winery at Wolf Mountain is fashioned after a raised craftsman-style cottage and sits atop the cellar, which is encased in fieldstone. The winery is 8,000 square feet of indoor function space that includes a dance space, an antique bar area and beautiful fireplaces. The winery also houses early French winemaking artifacts. The Vineyard Cafe is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday* from 12-3 p.m. Educational winemaker tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. We invite you to join us at the winery and sample our family of award-winning estate wines.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Located at the base of historic Mount Yonah, Yonah Mountain Vineyards holds more than seven varietals on almost 15 acres of the 197-acre estate.  

Enjoy celebrated and award-winning wines in the grand yet relaxed tasting room, which opened at the vineyard in March 2014. It features an octagonal bar and ceiling, fabulous views of the vineyard, a cozy fireplace, displays of local artwork and a welcoming staff.

Join the Tour de la Cave & Barrel Sampling for a tour of the only known wine cave in Georgia, great stories about "the oldest mountain in the world," and samples of future vintages followed by a wine tasting in the tasting room. The Tasting Room is open daily, and wine cave tours should be scheduled in advance.

Live music is offered every Saturday afternoon. Outdoor seating on the patio or breezeway, in the shadow of Mount Yonah, is available.

 

Ziplines

Ziplines

 

**Related Links**

http://www.explorerabun.com

http://www.gamountains.com

http://www.georgia.org

http://www.gastateparks.org/

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