101 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA 30545
Phone: (706) 878-8000
Fax: (706) 878-1231
This tucked-away adventure can lend excitement to a drive outside of the metro Atlanta area. The oldest vineyard in Georgia, it has recently moved to a new location in the Nacoochee Village. Habersham produces more than 10,000 bottles annually under several labels, including Habersham Estates and Creekstone. There is no need to worry about choosing the wrong one: there are wine tastings, so you can pick your favorite right on the spot, whether it's a Cabernet, Chardonnay or Reisling. While visiting, be sure to check out some of the nearby shops and services. There is also a gristmill still in operation, along with whitewater paddling and horseback riding.
When one enters Helen in White County, Georgia, one feels transported thousands of miles to the beautiful towns of the Bavarian region, because the plan of the city and the architecture are quite similar to those of Bavaria. This was done by the city planners in order to revive the city’s economy, which was on a downward slope. Today, Helen has become a favorite tourist destination in the state, welcoming hordes of visitors all year round. To keep the tourism industry booming, the city also organizes various events, among which the Oktoberfest and the hot-air balloon race are quite popular.
You'll find the idyllic beauty of Moccasin Creek State Park about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Clarkesville on GA-197, a mere 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains. Make camp at one of the 54 tent and trailer sites, or break bread under one of the six conveniently-placed picnic shelters. A small lake offers boating, including a ramp and dock for private boats and rental canoes. Waterskiing is permitted in the lake, and fishing is allowed in both the lake and the stream.
Vogel State Park is a paradise for any adventure lover. Although it is one of the older parks, its popularity has only increased over the years. Vogel State Park has an area of 233-acres (94.29 hectares) is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest and also covers Lake Trahlyta. There are several primitive campsites along with activities like swimming and fishing. Check website for more.
The Consolidated Mine is located in Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States. It was a gold mine and it was opened during the Georgia Gold Rush. Today gold extractions have been discontinued as the cost of operating the mine outweighs the value of gold. This is also one of the only mines in this area that is safe for tourists to visit. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 1980.
Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in one of the oldest courthouses in the state. Tourists can admire the beautiful architecture of the courthouse and the wooden chapel. This town of Dahlonega is steeped in gold panning heritage and the exhibits, sightseeing and film documentary offered are a reflection of the same.
The county seat of the Lumpkin County of Georgia, Dahlonega is a city with a rich past. The first settlers of the area that was to comprise this city were the Native Americans, mainly the Cherokees and the Creeks. The Georgia Gold Rush, of which Dahlonega was the first site, saw the forced removal of the natives take effect, and the city became a mining hub for seekers of the yellow metal. In fact, the name, ‘Dahlonega’, meaning ‘yellow’ in the Cherokee language, was given owing to the deposits of gold around the city. This rich heritage is still evident in the preserved artifacts and monuments in the city, like the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. See the website to know more about this city.
Located right next to 3026 highway 441 south, Goats on the Roof is the perfect break from your tiresome long drive. Here, you can relax for some refreshments during your journey and take part in many recreational activities that the place offers. You can play foosball, arcade games, video games or you can feed the mountain goats seen here. Goats on the Roof has a separate gaming zone for kids and also houses souvenir gift shops. If you are hungry, you can taste some delicious food and beverages served here. You can plan a birthday party or a wedding here as this place provides rental facilities for your special occasions. Check their website for more information.
Built by Jacob Hollingswort, Fort Hollingsworth was a frontier fort. Its construction began around 1792 with an intention to safeguard the settlers, their families, possessions as well as animals and livestock. In 1796, the raids ceased and the troubles ended, hence the fort was transformed into farmhouse. Currently in the possession of the White family, the fort is well-preserved and open to visitors. Concerts, war re-enactments, storytelling, car show are many of the fun events hosted here. Check website for more details.
All visitors to Atlanta must opt for an excursion to the scenic hills of North Georgia; Black Rock Mountain being a great choice for just such an adventure. With ten cottages and four primitive, secluded backpacking sites, you'll have plenty of chances to take in the remote beauty. Picnic sites and a recreational lake are also available, plus day hiking trails for the less adventurous. The park is located 120 miles (194 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. Take US 441 to Black Rock Mountain Parkway into Clayton, Georgia to get here.
As the name suggests, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest features two forests namely, the Oconee National Forest and Chattahoochee National Forest. This vast stretch of forestland is spread across an area of 866,468 acres (3,506 square kilometers). The forest offers plenty of fun and adventurous activities that include hiking, nature walk, camping, fishing and so forth. You can also visit on-site landmarks like Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls and Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway.