Experiencing Outdoor Georgia in Hiawassee - 4 Recommended Adventures

There are plenty of outdoor Georgia activities to choose from including hiking, fishing, swimming and river rafting. The best place to find these outdoor adventures is in the North Georgia Mountains.

Enchanted Valley
Hiawassee, GA

From your Hiawassee Bed and Breakfast, you will want to head west on Highway 76 until you reach Cedar Cliff Road. Coming down the mountain ranges from the highway you will be amazed by the beauty before you. All around the valley are numerous mountain ranges, including the Nantahala National Forest. The most breathtaking view will be that of Lake Chatuge, which is located in the center of the valley. Lake Chatuge has about 7,500 acres of water surface, which provides you with plenty of outdoor adventures. You can easily spend the day swimming or boating along the lake and still not see it all. The surrounding mountains include national parks that provide plenty of hiking trails.

Chattahoochee National Forest
Towns County, GA

Located about 10 minutes from your Hiawassee Inn, the Chattahoochee National Forest is home to numerous outdoor adventures. One of the most popular adventures you will find is the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the mountain ridges on the southern side of the park. Following the High Shoals Trail, which is 1.2 miles long, you will be able to see five waterfalls within a 170-acre area, which is quite breathtaking even without the 300-foot vertical drop. The trail, which follows along High Shoals Creek, leads to an observation deck by two of the streams that create the waterfalls.

Hiwassee River
Hiwassee, GA

If you're looking for a great outdoor Georgia adventure, the Hiwassee River is the perfect spot to find it. With the cool water and the super fast currents, the Hiwassee River provides you with a unique whitewater rafting experience. Coming down the river you're going to find plenty of class I and II rapids that will never give you the same ride twice, and they provide enough adventure that even the most seasoned rafters will enjoy going again. Most people enjoy the rapids, but they can prevent you from appreciating the scenery. Luckily, there are plenty of restful spots where you can lazily float down the river.

Hiwassee River Rail Adventures
727 Tennessee Avenue
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 894-8028
www.tvrail.com

Another great outdoor Georgia adventure involves taking a train ride around the Hiwassee River Gorge. On this adventure you will board a train in the city of Etowah, and it will take you on a scenic tour around the Great Hiwassee Loop, which includes going to the top of the loop. This allows you to cross a bridge that is 62 feet above the train tracks that you were just on. The 50-mile round trip takes about three and a half hours to complete and costs $33 per adult and $23 per child up to the age of 12 (2010 prices). On days when the train runs to Copperhill you can take the "Rails to Raft" excursion, which costs about $91 per person over 12 years old. The Rails to Raft allows you to take a nice scenic train ride one way, while coming back you get to raft down the Ocoee River.