Beyond Hiawassee: Fun Day Trips to Chattahoochee National Forest

Chattahoochee National Forest has great activities and day trips for the whole family. It offers adventures and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Be aware that some of these activities may require two fees, as they are in both the National Forest and the State Park located inside the forest system.

Scull Shoals Historic Site
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-3000
http://www.scullshoals.org/

Spend the day just a few minutes away from your Hiawassee Inn at the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Here you can visit the Scull Shoals Historic Site, former residence of the Native Americans who chose to call Georgia home. In addition to being a home to the native ancestors of Georgia, this site is also the location of Georgia's first paper mill, water-powered sawmill, grist and textile mills. Also, visit the gift shop to receive some of your own souvenirs of Georgia's historic past. What makes the gift shop great is the fact that a portion of what you spend there goes straight to the non-profit organization for Educational Services of Shoals County, Georgia to help those in need.

Blue Ridge Community Theater
2591 East 1st Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513-4520
(706) 632-9223
blueridgecommunitytheater.com‎

For a fun and affordable time on your way into or out of Chattahoochee National Forest, but still just a few minutes from your Hiawassee Bed and Breakfast, check out the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Here you can spend a few hours or a whole day exploring everything that this small town and theater have to offer. As of summer 2010, tickets to all of the plays were $15 for adults with an extra $3 fee for musicals. They also sell season tickets and offer student, senior and group prices. All of these prices can be found on their website and matinee shows are also available on Sundays.

Anna Ruby Falls
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-3000
http://www.unicoistatepark.org/anna-ruby-falls.html

Located inside the Unicoi State Park inside of the Chattahoochee National Forest system is the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls. As the name suggests there are four large waterfalls that feed off of two creeks running through the Appalachian Mountains. The paved trail to the falls is approximately one-half mile and overlooks the falls from two separate viewing decks. If you are looking for a longer hike, you can also choose to hike one of the two longer and more strenuous trails that run alongside the rivers to the bottom of the falls.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-3000
http://www.nps.gov/appa/

Part of the beautiful Appalachian Trail makes its way through this naturally magnificent part of the United States and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Take a short hike or a backpacking journey through the summer sun, the autumn hues or the winter snow. Just be sure you are prepared for the length of time you will be on the trail. There are events scheduled during the year as well as nearby attractions and trail markers all along the way.

You are sure to have a great vacation at your Hiawassee Inn and find many day trips to thrill the entire family in and around the Chattahoochee National Forest.