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In This Issue: Community Spotlight.................................................... 6-7 Warwoman Dell............................................................. 9 The Niagra Falls of the South: Tallulah Falls.................... 10 Waterfalls of Rabun County, N. Georgia.........................13 Road Trip: Sautee-Nacoochee....................................... 16 Sautee-Nacoochee Visitors Mobile App..........................17 Fun For the Whole Family: N. Georgia Zoo.....................19 Centerfold Map....................................................... 24-25 Calendar of Events........................................................ 27 Written in Stone: Trackrock........................................... 32 Area Directory........................................................ 44-46

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GET OUTDOORS AND... Explore Georgia’s Highest Mountains, Lakes, and Waterfalls of Rabun County

If Outdoor Adventure is what your looking for this Summer – then Rabun County is your destination. Conveniently located just 90 miles from Atlanta this small northern corner of Georgia is bordered by South Carolina and North Carolina. All roads lead to wilderness and the great outdoors in Rabun County, as approximately, 60% of the land is in National Forest and State Parks, plus approximately 20% is held by by Georgia Power for Lake Burton, Rabun, Seed, and Tallulah. Rabun County has 148,684 acres which is some of the largest portion of 18 county area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. An arial view of this area reveals byways of wilderness with a vast array of high, rugged mountains, deep valleys and raging rivers. One cannot actually see the Eastern Continental Divide bordering Georgia’s 2nd highest peak, Rabun Bald; yet the ridges hosts over 60 peaks between 3-4,000 feet in elevation along the Bartram Trail founded by Rabun’s earliest explorer and naturalist in 1775. Rabun County boasts having “three Georgia State Parks” with Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton, Black Rock Mountain State Park to the North and Tallulah Falls State Park to the South of

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it’s border. The area has numerous hiking trails in both State Parks plus a portion of the Appalachian Trail winds through on the western border and a 37-mile portion of the Bartram Trail. Picturesque waterfalls abound and many can be easily reached by relatively short trails. Located in Mountain City off Hwy. 441 Black Rock Mountain takes it’s name from the shear dark granite wall that is visible from long distances. Within the State Park there are four scenic overlooks. The Cowee Overlook is the first on the drive in, and actually sits almost directly above the Ada-Hi Falls, but the falls are not visible from the overlook. The Nantahala Overlook is located in the RV parking circle. The Blue Ridge Overlook and Black Rock Overlook is adjacent to the Visitors Center and Trading Post. Visitors enjoying backpacking for day trips, hiking on the trails and fishing on the 17 acre lake. Near the State Park is home to the famed “Foxfire” Museum & Heritage Center. The project of Foxfire magazine was based on interviewing local people and publishing their stories, which inspired numerous schools across the country to develop similar programs. The museum offers a self-guided tour through the authentic village showing the trades of early settlers. www.mountainlakeguide.com | Summer 2020


Visitors will see many traditional folk galleries in the area, plus refined rustic antique shops in nearby Dillard Georgia. This beautiful valley land is famous for it’s farmland and family-style meals at the Dillard House Restaurant serving the community since 1917. The Dillard family earned the title of the earliest documented white settlers in 1794 and legend has it that to make peace with the local Cherokee Indians gifts were given for all the land between two mountain tops. Located one mile east of Dillard is the Hoojah Branch Indian burial mound, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. To view this quaint valley from the high tops of the Mountain from Dillard take a beautiful scenic drive on Highway 246 toward Sky Valley, Ga. to get a real taste of an aerial perspective form several roadside and trail lookouts. The area offers abundant hiking, waterfalls and scenic flora. Georgia’s highest city, with an elevation of 3,500 ft. is home to Sky Valley Golf and Country Club, which features an 18 hole championship public golf course, luxury accommodations, swimming and tennis courts. If your looking for cool waters the Chattooga River which borders Georgia and South Carolina is recognized as one of the Southeast’s premier whitewater area. Over 50 miles of river flows from Summer 2020 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

the Appalachian Mountains to Lake Tugaloo offering class II – V rapids. If boating, water-sports, swimming or fishing help you cool off on a hot summer day then Rabun County has several lakes with the largest being Lake Burton. Offering three activity areas of Jones Bridge Park, Timpson Cove Beach, or Murray Cove all offer shoreline and picnic areas. Lake Rabun is the second largest with Nacoochee Park and Rabun Beach. Fees are usually required for fishing and catches include bass, bream, perch, trout and catfish. Nearby Clayton offers that “Hometown Feeling” as you stroll leisurely through the local shops. Dine at one of the fine restaurants that feature local fresh farm produce or experience the old-fashioned drug store soda fountain! Shop for mountain crafts or enjoy the fine art galleries. Clayton and Rabun county is always an inviting place to stay in a quaint cottage, motel, or cabin and always welcomes you back. You’ll find everything you need for the perfect getaway to rest, relax and renew in Rabun County. For more information visit ExploreRabun.com or visit the new Welcome Center on Hwy. 441 706-782-4812 VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 7


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Warwoman Dell was named to honor a Cherokee Warwoman. Some believe it could have been named for Nancy Hart, the Revolutionary War era woman who may have fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek with her husband and sons. Most likely, though, it was named to honor Nancy Ward, a highly-respected “beloved woman” of the Cherokee Nation who frequented the dell and advised the Cherokee tribal council on war and peace. She was very powerful in the Cherokee clan rule, for she was the last Warwoman in the East. When the Cherokee chiefs voted to go to war, it could only happen if the Warwoman approved. The 66 steps lead to the abandoned Blue Ridge Railroad. Two moderately easy, family-friendly trails lead through this beautiful pocket of wilderness showcasing tall trees, dense vegetation, mosses, wildflowers, and three waterfalls. The hike visits the popular Becky Branch Falls, historic areas of Warwoman Dell and several smaller waterfalls on a 1.4 mile loop. While it’s not a long hike, it’s an exceptionally beautiful one. This is a fairly moderate, short trail, with parking and a roadside picnic spot. Directions: Traveling north US Hwy 441 in downtown Clayton, one block after US 76 comes in from the left, go east on Warwoman Dell Road for 2.8 miles. When the road makes a sharp curve to the left, watch for Warwoman Dell Recreation Area entrance on the right. Follow the gravel road to the first parking lot.

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Rated as one of America’s 20 Best State Parks by Adventure Journal and one of Georgia’s seven wonders, Tallulah Gorge draws admirers as one of the most breathtaking sites. The Niagara Falls of the Southeast is a 1,000-foot gash in Tallulah Dome that drops the Tallulah River over six waterfalls in one mile. Mountain biking and hiking are popular here, as well as some serious multipitch rock climbing. But the real deal here is boating, rafting and kayaking the Tallulah when the upstream Georgia Power Company opens its dam, a few times a year. Tallulah Gorge State Park has spectacular 1,739 acres of wilderness with recreational opportunities from Georgia’s State Parks. Highlights of Tallulah Falls include: The Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center that highlights the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an awardwinning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.

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Recreation abounds with picnic areas, campgrounds, overlooks, 6 Hiking trails, stairs leading down into the gorge and even a suspension bridge that crosses the canyon 80 feet above its bottom. There is shore and boat fishing on all 3 lakes: Tallulah, Tugalo, & Yonah. Spend the afternoon picnicking at Terrora Beach, or play on the tennis courts. There is a public beach for swimming on Tallulah Lake & public playground located at the day use area of Tallulah Gorge State Park. Tallulah Gorge State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. until dark. There is a parking fee. The entrance is on U.S. 441 in Tallulah Falls, GA. Access to the canyon bottom is by permit only. Permits are free and can be obtained at the interpretive center, but note that ONLY 100 permits are issued per day. The park is extremely popular and the quota of permits is often filled first thing in the morning. For more information call 706-754-7981 or visit gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.

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Becky Branch Falls The 20 foot Becky Branch Falls is easily observed from a wooden bridge which crosses the stream. Becky Branch Falls is accessed via the Bartram Trail. Directions: From Clayton, Georgia go east on Warwoman Road (County Rd. 5) for just less than 3 mile to Poll Creek Road. Park on left side of road by a small branch. Follow the trail on the right side of the branch for about 200 yards to a bridge at the base of the falls. Estatoah Falls Estatoah Falls is a large, open waterfall that may be viewed from the highway. Directions: It is about 1/2 mile beyond Dillard. Turn right on Highlands/Sky Valley Road (GA 246). Start looking for the falls on the right after 1 mile. There is a pull-out vantage point near the falls about 1 mile up the mountain. Martin Creek Falls This two-tier waterfall is 35 feet high with aquatic plants covering the weeping rock wall on the left. This 20-minute walk (.5 mile) follows the Bartram Trail along the west side of the creek. Summer 2020 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 152, and drive past the Game Checking Station. The park drive is .5-mile. Park in a small cleared camping area on the left bend in the road. Walk west from the camping area. Cross Martin Creek, then travel uphill for about .4 mile to the top of the falls. Minnehaha Falls The Minnehaha Trail, .4-mile in length, follows Fall Branch until it dead ends at Minnehaha Falls. This waterfall is approximately 100 feet high (falling and shoaling). Clayton/Rabun County Area: Take U.S. 23/441 north from Tallulah Falls for three miles to the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign. Turn left onto Old 441. Go 2.5 miles and take a left on Lake Rabun Road. Go 1 mile past Recreation area. Take a left on Low Gap Road. Follow Bear Gap road which forks to the left. Go 1.5 miles to the sign marking the trail on the right side of the road.

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he North Georgia mountains are known for their natural scenic beauty, but few communities remain as pristine as Sautee Nacoochee. Within an unspoiled, history-rich land nestle two villages - home of art galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and historical sites.

• The Hardman Farm, a beautiful 2-story Italianstyle home built in 1870, is owned by the State of Georgia and is located across the Nacoochee Mound. Walking trails provide visitors a scenic path from Helen to this historic property.

A legend regarding the Nacoochee Mound (pictured) tells the story of two Native Americans: Sautee, a brave of the Chicksaw tribe, and Nacoochee, the daughter of a Cherokee chief. Although from opposing tribes, Sautee and Nacoochee fall immediately and hopelessly in love. They meet at night and run away to nearby Yonah Mountain to spend a few idyllic days together. Later, they present Nacoochee’s father, Chief Wahoo, with the idea of creating peace between the two nations. In response, the chief orders Sautee be thrown from the high cliffs of Yonah Mountain. Nacoochee watching in horror, breaks away from her tribe and leaps from the cliff to join her lover. Sautee and Nacoochee drag their broken bodies together, and, locking in a final embrace, they die there. The Cherokee chief, realizing the greatness of their love, is overcome with grief and remorse, so much so that he has the lovers buried together, in the mound near the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

• The Crescent Hill Baptist Church was built in 1871 by Captain James Nichols who served in the Confederate Regiment. Its beautiful Gothic style has an impressive home next door referred to as the West End, residing to the west of the church. • The Old Sautee Store was built in 1872, and was a true general store with local residents purchasing food, seed and farm supplies. It served as the local post office for Sautee Nacoochee until 1913 and post office for Sautee until 1962. • Stovall Mill Covered Bridge, located over Chickamauga Creek, which originally served Georgia Highway 255 until the 1950’s, and was featured in the 1951 film, I’d Climb The Highest Mountain, starring Susan Hayward.

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as the Heart and Heritage of Northeast Georgia is Revealed through a New Mobile Phone App Thanks to a new project led by the Sautee Nacoochee Center (SNC), visitors, families and students can now discover sites of historic and cultural significance throughout White County, Georgia using a new, free mobile phone app. “Explore Helen Sautee GA” provides maps, directions using your location, and an audio guide to nearby key points of interest. It covers landmarks and landforms ranging from the 19th century county courthouse in Cleveland to the ancient trail that became the Unicoi Turnpike. Information about folk potters and pottery shops and collections are identified by the app as well as picturesque “viewsheds” sought-out by plein air artists. Further links provide a wealth of additional information for the curious traveler. Guidelines for inclusion in the app are based upon the National Register of Historic Sites parameters. “Explore Helen Sautee GA” is free and available to download from app stores in iPhone and Android versions. No phone? A 6-panel brochure of the Landmarks & Sites tour is available at hotels and tourist offices across the region, or at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, the starting point for all tours. The project was funded in part through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, application sponsored by Georgia Mountain Regional Commission. Local funding was provided by the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association in cooperation with the Sautee Nacoochee History Museum, a SNC committee, with matching funding from the Lumsden/History Museum Fund, and White County Board of Commissioners, Travis Turner, Chair. These tours reveal both ancient and modern stories of Sautee Nacoochee. Two millennia of Native American life were followed by two centuries of rapid change – people growing food, mining gold, lumbering forests, enduring slavery, the Civil War, reviving agricultural wealth, weathering the Great Depression and more war, and lately, developing tourism. Railroads, automobiles, electricity, telephones and tourism have changed life in these mountains, but what has not changed is the deep sense of community that treasures its people and the rich, beautiful land. The app and brochure were produced by the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which is located at 283 Highway 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571. The galleries and museums are open 7 days a week except certain holidays. Offices are open business hours Monday to Friday. For more information, visit snca.org or call 706-878-3300.

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HELEN

Festhalle Events

Proudly sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce

www.helenchamber.com

706-878-1908

50th Annual Oktoberfest

Sept. 10-13 (Thu - Sun) Sept. 17-20 (Thu - Sun) Sept. 24 - 27 & Oct. 1-Nov. 8 Weekdays 6-10:30, Fri 6-12, Sat, 1-12, Sun 1-7 Mon - Fri $8, Sat $10, Sun FREE! IDs checked at door. Live Authentic German Bands! Oktoberfest Parade Sept. 12 @ Noon

1074 Edelweiss Strasse

Join us at the Festhalle, Home of the Oktoberfest Find us on Facebook at Oktoberfest Festhalle Friends Unique Items from Scandinavia, Europe, and Around the Globe

8669 N. Main St, Helen

lindenhausimports.com 706.878.2357

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800.524.3008 / 706.878.2443 EXPANDED FACTORY LOCATION with TWO VIEWING WINDOWS! NOW OFFERING: tours and custom chocolate bars and apples made to order!

Two locations:

8651 Main Street P 8078 S Main I Street (the factory) H S E W www.hanselandgretelcandyk itchen.com 45

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HELEN Offering the largest variety of beers, wines and spirits throughout North Georgia.

548

HOURS M-Th 9am-9pm Fri & Sat 9am-10pm • Sun 12:30-8pm 50 Yonah Street • Helen, Georgia •located next to Betty’s Country Store

Largest liquor store in North GA • (706) 878-7050 •

Wildewood

In the heart of downtown, just off the beaten path behind Main Street shops. Listen for the windchimes! • Windchimes • Cabin, Lake, & Home Décor • Wedding & Baby Gifts • Clothing & Accessories • Agates & Geodes • Classic Toys • Walking Sticks • Jewelry • Knives: Case, Helle, Opinel, & More • Garden Décor

52 River St • Helen, GA 30545 • Open Daily 10am - 6pm www.wildewoodhelen.com 706-878-5373 • wildewoodshop@gmail.com facebook.com/wildewoodhelen instagram.com/wildewood_shop

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HELEN

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~ Easy walk to shops, restaurants, and attractions ~ Riverfront Rooms with Private Balconies ~ Fireplace / Whirlpool Suites ~ Heated pool ~ Meeting/Party rooms

706-878-2271 33 Munich Strasse • Helen, GA www.Helendorf.com

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706-258-3737 866-4Cabins (422-2467)

240 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

SouthernComfortCabinRentals.com

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Bowling, pool tables, shuffle board, Darts, arcade, Full service bar, great food!

Hickory Flat Pottery

Inside the Old Clarkesville Mill

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583 Grant Street Clarkesville, GA

13664 Hwy 197 N Clarkesville, GA 30523

Check Out Grant St. Music Room: Live Music, Full Service Restaurant & Bar. Karaoke every Friday!

Ashbury St

Great, Fun Atmosphere! 706-839-7467

Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood art made by hand in the hills of North Georgia

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Summer calendar of Events BLAIRSVILLE

July 18

August 15

Behind the Scenes Tour

Humane Society Mountain Shelters’ 20th Annual “Puttin on the Dog”

North Georgia Zoo & Farm

August 1

August 15

First-Visit Tour

North Georgia Technical College

August 29-30

Behind the Scenes Tour North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Mountain Heritage Festival

DAHLONEGA

Mountain Life Museum

July 10-Sept. 11

September 5 7th Annual Grape Stomp Fest Paradise Hills Resort

BLUE RIDGE July 10-August 1

The History Holly Theater

First Friday Night Concert

July 10-17

August 8

Crossroads: Change in Rural America - Smithsonian Exhibit

Bowie Live

The History Holly Theater

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association/The Art Center

August 29

July 10-September 26

The History Holly Theater

Still Standing- A Tribute to Elton John

3rd Quarter Artist in Residence: Colleen Sterling

September 5

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

The History Holly Theater

An Evening of Appalachian Stories Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

July 23 Comedy Central Comes to Blue Ridge

Smithgall Woods State Park

Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In

Beauty & the Beast

Hawkins St. Dahlonega

July 11-17

First-Visit Tour

July 17-August 2

Crown Mountain Office Park

Fannin County Court House

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

September 5

HIAWASSEE

August 7

Travis Bowlin Live Music

Smithgall Woods State Park

Dahlonega Magic Theater Presents “A Knight of Magic”

Downtown Blue Ridge Farmers Market

July 10

HELEN

Banks & Shane - We Are the Party!

September 11-13 Dahlonega Trail Fest

Dahlonega Historic Square

ELLIJAY July 17 Acoustic Blends at Harrison Park Harrison Park

July 30-August 1 Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

August 14-22 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

August 15-16 Home & Garden Show 2020 Towns County Recreation & Conference Center

September 5 Gene Watson, Janie Fricke & Marty Haggard Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

SAUTEE NACOOCHEE July 16 Hollywood at Hardman Hardman Farm Historic Site

July 25 Hardman Farm to Table Dinner

Stewart Farms

July 25

August 13-31

Just Roxie RETURNS!

Hardman Farm Historic Site

“Till Beth Do Us Part” / Live Theater

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

July 25

Farm Animal Fun Days

Blue Ridge Community Theater

CLARKESVILLE July 10-12 & 16-19 The Odd Couple Habersham Community Theater

July 17 Red, White & Tunes Clarkesville

CLEVELAND July 11 Sunset Tour North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Cars and Coffee - Cruise-In- Automotive Social Even Riverside pavillion

August 15 Hardman Farm Historic Site

September 5

August 15

Folk Pottery & Arts Sale

Michelle Martin Brings Patsy Cline to Life

September 8

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

August 29 Cars and Coffee - Cruise-In- Automotive Social Even Riverside pavillion

August 28-29 Yard & Rummage Sale

Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

Sautee Nacoochee Center

9 String Theory in Concert Sautee Nacoochee Center

TALLULAH FALLS September 6 Tal-luau Tallulah Gorge State Park


Blairsville

G&G

Blairsville’s Farm to Table Destination

Bakery & Cafe

(grinds & glazes)

Okra & Tomatoes Grilled Corn Cakes Fried Squash Red Skin Potatoes Fried Okra Peach Cobbler Squash Casserole

T-F 6a-2p | Sat. 7a - 2p

FREE WI-FI

Online Ordering

Salads • Sandwiches Breads Made Fresh Daily Donuts • Daily Specials Wide Selection of Coffees

Butterbeans Pink Eye Peas Fried Green Tomatoes Sorghum Sweet Potato Casserole Apple Cake

706-745-0748

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Blairsville

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Nani’s Cuban Restaurant Your Tampa Bay Connection to Cuban Food Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Piggy Bowl, Chicky Bowl, Rice & Beans, Empanadas, & much more Catering

Tue-Wed-Thur 11am-7pm Fri-Sat 11am-8pm 51D Earnest St, Blairsville

706.745.0010

Blairsville Pickers Barn The Most Unique Shopping Experience in North Georgia

Over 150 Vendors • 25,000 sq. ft. Mall

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Ray & Marife Arrazcaeta, Owners

Antiques - Collectibles - Quilts Furniture - Coins - Fine Jewelry Glassware - Pottery - Paintings - Yard Art Crafts - Antique Signs Military & Civil War Items - Cowhides

Buy - Sell - Trade

Blairsville, GA 30512 19/129 South of the Square 531

706-745-0097

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Blairsville

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CABIN COFFEE • BLAIRSVILLE Fresh Roasted Coffee Everyday Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwiches, Pastries, Cinnamon Rolls, Bagels, Lunch - Soup, Salad, Sandwiches Drinks - Coffee, Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino, Frappe, Fruit Smoothies

Logan Turnpike Mill

Antique Mill Producing

Fresh Ground Grains

1-800-844-7487 Store Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10am-5:00pm 80-B Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512

www.LoganTurnpikeMill.com

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44A Town Square Blairsville, GA 30512

706-745-0073

Free Wi-Fi Cabincoffeecompany.com Like us on FB / CabinCoffeeBlairsville 456

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Blairsville OPEN YEAR ROUND 706.745.5252

www.trackrock.com

RV Sites Tent Sites Cabins Fishing Swimming Walking Trails Playgrounds Hayrides Horseback Riding Kids’ Horse Camps Riding Lessons

706.745.2420 141 Trackrock Campground Rd Blairsville, Georgia 328

Written in Stone Track Rock Gap Archaeological Area is the location of a series of soapstone boulders covered with petroglyphs made by Native Americans over 1,000 years ago. There are hundreds of carvings in a wide range of figures. It’s one of the most significant rock art sites in the Southeastern United States. Track Rock was a place of power within the sacred landscape of the American Indian Nations where the activities of ancient humans were influenced by spirit beings. It sits at the threshold of the spirit world. Rocks carved with footprints and tracks signified a doorway into the domain of dangerous spirit beings. Depictions of footprints and tracks are physical testimony that spirit beings were there at some time in the past, that they could still be lingering somewhere close by in the present, and that they may return unexpectedly at any time in the future. As early as 3,600 years ago, Native Americans were removing pieces of the soft but durable soapstone to make bowls which were particularly well suited for cooking as they held and radiated heat without breaking. The picture carvings were made by Native Americans during repeated visits over several hundred years beginning around A.D. 1,000. Most likely, the Cherokee, Catabwa and/or Creek tribes made the carvings. In the 1800’s, early American explorers discovered the Track Rock site and it has fascinated people ever since. Recording, studying and preserving of the site began in earnest in 2009. The carvings at Track Rock were made in one of two ways. Many of the figures were created by repeated blows in the same spot using hammer stones to create the desired shape. Some of the

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figures were created by rubbing a hard stone back and forth to carve the design into the rock. Although soapstone is considered a soft rock, it is still rock and rather hard to carve. It took a lot of time and effort to create these figures that have lasted a thousand years. Some of the shapes that can be seen include: 252 cupules, 22 oval shapes, soapstone bowl extraction scars, deer, horse, bird, squirrel, and bear tracks, cross-in-ring motifs and nested ring design, human figures, human footprints (one with 6 toes!), and one giant’s, footprint, maze-like networks, squares, tridents, zigzags, curved and straight lines, and scalloped edges. Unfortunately, signs of vandalism can be seen throughout the area in the form of square shaped depressions with flat topped pedestals in the middle that are left behind when looters chisel out the petroglyphs. There are also several areas when vandals have carved their initials over the top of the ancient marks forever destroying those petroglyphs. Track Rock Gap is open to public visitation and no fee is charged. When visiting the site, remember that the intensity of natural lighting can influence how much you are able to see. Bright midday sun makes it hard to see most of the figures, and the best times to visit are early or late in the day, when the light is at a low angle. Please be respectful of other visitors and the people who made these carvings. Previous visitors removed pieces of the boulders, thus depriving future visitors of the chance to see what they thought was so special. For more information about Track Rock, including a printable fact sheet with drawings of the petroglyphs, please visit: fs.usda.gov/goto/conf/trackrock www.mountainlakeguide.com | Summer 2020


Hiawassee COME TO THE MOUNTAINS & MAKE THIS YOUR FIRST STOP!

Essence of Rose

Local Organic Homemade Products Jams, Marinade Sauces, Salsa, & Honey Organic Soaps, Bath, & Body Alpaca wear, yarn, and So Much More!

1759 Hwy. 17 • Young Harris, GA • 706-994-1407 281

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• Thai • Chinese • Sushi Bar • • Mongolian Grill • Japanese Steakhouse • Call 706-896-0508 for Curbside, Take-Out, or Delivery 1382 Hwy 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546

www.AsianoRestaurant.com

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Hiawassee

Hiawassee

Antique Mall Downtown Hiawassee 518 N Main Street Mon-Sat 10-5 • Sun 12-5

Largest Selection Over 8,000 sq ft

Antiques • Furniture • Glassware Pottery • Porcelain • Jewelry

706-896-0587

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VACATION RENTALS 706-379-9929 Now Accepting Homes in Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Murphy, & Hayesville

GET AWAY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH GEORGIA & WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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Hiawassee

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• Gifts • Flags • Pottery • Candles • Cabin Décor • Wind Chimes • T-Shirts • Outdoor Furniture • Jewelry • Local Handmade Items • And So Much More! 2955 Hwy 76 East • 706-896-9448

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NORTH GEORGIA’S PREMIER DESTINATION VENUE

Cabin Rentals • Destination Weddings Family & Corporate Events + Barn Chapel, Clubhouse, and Reception Space that can host any event up to 150 guests

retreat@hiawasseecabins.com www.hiawasseeretreat.com

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(706) 896-7400

15 Cabin Drive • Hiawassee, GA 30546

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Ellijay

706.635.7427

Buy 1 plate and 2 drinks, Get 2nd plate of equal or lesser value 1/2 off.

289 Highland Crossing, East Ellijay, GA 30540

(With coupon only.)

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Shop, Eat, Stay & Play

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Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides AT HELL’S HOLLOW ADVENTURE OUTPOST

Great For The Whole Family Baby Goats * Fishing Pond Gem Mining

Exclusively American Amazingly Affordable Celebrating Art in Every Medium

See Beautiful Overlooks & Ride through a Creek 1 Hr. Ride: $38

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319 HELL’S HOLLOW RD • 706. 408. 7433 •

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55 + Artists Paintings, Pottery, Jewelry, Wood Art & Much More TurningLeafWoodArt.com (706) 632-6625 651 East Main St • Blue Ridge @TurningLeafGalleryBR

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Blue Ridge So Much More than a Bird Seed Store Monthly Seminars & Bird Walks

INDOOR

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Home of the EXCLUSIVE Birdman’s Blend Bird Seed

We have implemented numerous safety measures to keep you and your family as safe as possible.

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OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 12-5pm Closed Tuesdays

535

Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Seed & Suet Hummingbird Feeders & Supplies, Bird Baths & Fountains, Garden Decor, Weather Vanes, Chimes, Tilley Hats, Vortex Binoculars, Birding & Hiking Books 706-254-2473 • 611 E Main St, Blue Ridge

592

Open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 8pm

CARROLL’S BARBEQUE

39 Lance Street, Suite 1, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 946-1126 550

SMOKED QUALITY MEATS! RIBS & BRISKET PULLED PORK & CHICKEN SMOKED WINGS & TURKEY

DINE IN OR CARRY OUT www.carrollsbarbeque.com Summer 2020 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

PRIME RIB SATURDAYS Starting at 5:00pm

WILL DELIVER for Catered Events

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Blue Ridge A chef-driven fusion eatery with Southeast Asian influences featuring a unique twist on noodle soup, rice bowls, summer rolls, pot stickers, lettuce wraps, beer, wine, and more!

257 E. Main St • Blue Ridge, GA

// 706-946-5560

southofnorth.square.site // @southofnorthblueridge

Full Service Casual Dining // Scratch-Made Kitchen Organic ingredients, premium meats, gluten free, vegetarian, & vegan options! 587

Home to Blue Ridge Mountain Candle Works & Pure Mountain Sugar Scrub

Upcycled, hand-made art

706-851-7636 304 W First St, Blue Ridge

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Blue Ridge

Facebook

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Find us on

Relax ~ Breathe ~ Enjoy ~ Distance

706.632.7891

Wed & Thurs 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:30 pm Sunday 11:30am - 8:00 pm Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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AREA DIRECTORY Dining

Sunday Diner 36 Stave Mill Street

706-212-0412 Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 Where every meal feels like Sunday dinner. Lo- 141 Trackrock Campground Rd.

Blairsville Cabin Coffee Co. 44A Town Square

Just be Happy & enjoy Fresh Roasted Coffee daily. Breakfast - pastries, rolls, bagels, Lunch –soup,salad, sandwiches. cabincoffeecompany.com

G & G Bakery & Cafe 262 HWY 515 E

cally and family-owned business. Fried Chicken, Open Year Round. Fully Furnished Cabins. Campsites with Water/Electric. Full Hookup & Homemade from scratch desserts. Pull-thru Sites.

706-745-0073 Country Fried Steak, Homestyle Vegetables,

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Cleveland

Creekside Deli 706-745-0748 16 Old Nacoochee Road

706-865-3666

Inside dining or casual dining on the porch.

Salads - Breads Made Fresh Daily - Sandwiches restaurantsclevelandga.com - Donuts - Daily Specials - Wide Selection of Coffees - Free WI-FI

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trackrock.com

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Blue Ridge Escape to Blue Ridge Vacation Cabin Rentals 866-618-2521

See pg 18 All Escape to Blue Ridge rentals, whether

two-bedroom retreats or resort-style mansions, offer the value and convenience of a spacious, fully-furnished home versus a hotel room.

Dillard

La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant See pg 47 (706) 745-0010 7052 Hwy 441, Suite 104 706-746-0058 escapetoblueridge.com Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s Mountain Top Cabin Rental 866-402-2246 At Nani’s Restaurant, we serve home cook food cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style 44 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge Nani’s Cuban Restaurant 51 D Earnest Street

with a Spanish flair! A combination of home dishes. cook food, with Cuban and Puerto Rican cusine. lacabana-restaurant.com nanisdeliandmore.com

Sawmill Place Restaurant 1150 Pat Haralson Drive

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706-745-1250

A destination for all hungry mountain travelers. Cooked-to-order breakfast and country-style meats and vegetables. Like us on Facebook

Blue Ridge Carroll’s Barbeque 39 Lance St, Suite 1

Shane’s Rib Shack 289 Highland Crossing

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Helen

Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes.. lacabana-restaurant.com

see pg 39

Dine on the River. Fine dining at its best in Blue Ridge.

South of North 257 East Main Street

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Find Quality Time With Us in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. southerncomfortcabinrentals.com

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Clayton

overlooking the ‘Hooch’ in Downtown Helen. paulssteakhouse.com

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Clayton

AmericasBestValueInn.com

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706-782-4258

Pool, HBO, AARP, AAA, Free continental breakfast, restaurant, and high-speed internet DaysInn.com

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See pg 3 Mountain Aire Cottages & Inn

Great Selection of German beer - Authentic German Food - Serving Lunch and Dinner Families Welcome theheidelberghelen.com

picnic areas, and barbeque grills

See pg 14 Days Inn 54 Hwy 441N 706-878-2468

See pg 42 The Old Heidelberg Restaurant 706-946-5560 706-878-0061 8660 N. Main St (White Horse Square)

Vietnamese Fusion Eatery in Blue Ridge, GA. Serving Pho, Naan Mi, Hanoi Sliders, Summer Rolls, and more for Dinner with Beer/Wine. Full Service Casual Dining. Scratch-Made Kitchen. southofnorth.square.site

MountainTopCabinRentals.com

America’s Best Value Inn 706-782-4702 706-946-1126 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 698 Hwy 441S 8160 South Main St 706-878-3456 Free continental breakfast, high-speed internet,

Paul’s Steakhouse Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 706-632-7891 8537 South Main Street Eat, drink, dance! Casual Fine Dining & Lounge 8055 Aska Road toccoariversiderestaurant.com

Where upscale meets down to earth.

Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals 866-4CABINS 706-635-7427 240 W. Main Street

We’re the place to go for the best BBQ, ribs, chicken and more. See our ad for coupons!

See pg 28 shanesribshack.com

Creating and serving excellent food. Ribs, Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Wings, Turkey, and More! Delivery for catered events. Dine in or carry out. Private parties available. carrollsbarbeque.com

Ellijay

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Hiawassee

18 Motel Drive

706-782-9568

Upscale, Affordable, Casual, Comfortable Charm. Centrally located to everything! All beautifully decorated and themed. All carefully crafted and maintained to your High Standards. MountainAireCottages.com

Willow Valley RV Resort 323 Yorkhouse Rd

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706-746-0078

Our resort is a wonderful place to vacation.

Asiano Restaurant 706-896-0508 Some of our amenities include, swimming 1382 Highway 76 West La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant pool with a wading area for younger children, 128 Duvall Street 706-212-2834 Thai, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Mongolian Grill, and Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com

Mishima Asian Cuisine 112 Hwy 441 N

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706-782-0045

At Mishima Express (dine-in or carry out), you will discover that you can sit and enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine in a clean, comfortable, and inviting setting. Like us on Facebook

Japanese Steakhouse. Dine-in or carry-out. asianorestaurant.com

Lodging Blairsville

playground, community fire pit, 6 private baths,

See pg 33 laundry room and much more. WillowValleyRV.com

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Ellijay

Mountain Oasis 706-276-4343 Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 14224 Hwy. 515 N. Suite 200 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 Accommodations you can count on, from the

Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and cleanliness to the quality, we strive to “Wow” our Western North Carolina! guests each and every time!

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Hayesville, NC Sundowner RV Village 42 Sundowner Circle

Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 828-389-3241 141 Trackrock Campground Rd.

This 13 acre, quaint RV/Park Model Village is nestled under a grove of majestic oaks catering to the adult camper (55+) as a haven for peace, quiet and tranquility. sundownerrvvillage.net

Helen Gabby’s Country Cabins 3083 Helen Highway

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Wildwood Outfitters 26 Megan Drive

706-839-7467

See pg 32 wildwoodoutfitters.com

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Horseback Riding - Hiking/Walking Trails Fishing - Swimming - Summer Horse Camps - Hayrides trackrock.com

Blue Ridge

Ducktown, TN

2nd Story Entertainment 706-633-0466 Raft One 733 East Main Street Suite C 706-865-6772 Unique indoor 18 hole mini-golf concept features 4599 Highway 64 West a variety of themes throughout 9 rooms. Giant tic-tac-toe, darts, and checkers, to larger than life Connect Four plus an arcade, drinks, and See pg 18 ice cream.

Home of the Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi! Often imitated, never duplicated. gabbyscabins.com

Helendorf River Inn 33 Munich Strasse

706-878-2271

Just a few minute walk to restaurants, shops, and night life. Offering suites by the river. helendorf.com

Hiawassee

Whether you require a leisure float down the river in a raft while you get some sun, or a workout running the rapids, our knowledgeable staff can help you select a trip that is right for you.

2ndstoryentertainment.com

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Blue Ridge Mtns. Art Center 706-632-2144 420 West Main Street

We are devoted to bringing new exhibits, new See pg 23 events, and new programs to our community through art and culture.

888-723-8663

Raft One White Water and Zipline Tours is Tennessee’s premier white water river rafting experts. When you choose Raft One, you will experience the best white water rafting experience in Tennessee! raft1.com

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Helen Cool River Adventures 112 Poplar Stump Rd

706-878-9471

See pg 42 Experience the excitement of our AERIAL

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BRIDGES and take in the beauty as you zip

Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides across the Chattahoochee River. 706-408-7433 coolriveradventures.com 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 319 Hells Hollow Rd

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Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides will take you on a guided tour of these beautiful mountains! GA Mountain Coaster Western North Carolina! MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 35 Here you can let your inner cowboy or buckaroo 8409 S. Main St Feel the thrill of riding down the mountain and shine! The Retreat at Hiawassee River blueridgemountaintrailrides.com See pg 38 through the woods in beautiful alpine Helen, GA. 15 Cabin Drive 706-896-7400 Our alpine coaster is fun for all ages. 706-534-1317 North Georgia’s Premier Destination Venue with The Lilly Pad Village GeorgiaMountainCoster.com See pg 23 Cabin Rentals • Destination Weddings • Family 24 Adelaide Drive & Corporate Events + Barn Chapel, Clubhouse, Gem Mining, Mini golf, and fishing. A family and Reception Space that can host any event up attraction that is fun for all ages. lillypadvillage.com See pg 43 Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds to 150 guests

Hiawassee

hiawasseecabins.com

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Long Creek, SC

Music Hall Road 706-896-4191 Toccoa Valley Campground & Tubing 11481 Aska Rd 706-838-4317 Offering a wide-variety of unique venues and Tube, Raft, or Kayak down the Toccoa River. Life beautiful year-round camping facilities.

Chattooga Belle Farm 864-647-9768 Vests & Shuttle Service included. ToccoaValleyCampground.com 454 Damascus Church Road Chattooga Belle Farm is a 200 acre farm located in Long Creek, SC. The farm features a U-Pick operation for fresh produce and a large event Clarkesville Lanes barn perfect for weddings.

Clarkesville

chattoogabellefarm.com

Tallulah Falls Lodging on the Lake Terrora Circle

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clarkesvillelanes.com

Clayton Southeastern Expeditions 7350 Hwy 76 E

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Morganton

Tank Town USA 706-839-7467 10408 Appalachian Hwy.

A great place for serious bowlers or the whole family. Featuring Cosmic Bowling on Fri & Sat nights and dining anytime at the Grant Street 706-490-3456 Grill.

Our cabins are within a few minutes of Tallulah Gorge State Park and convenient to Whitewater Rafting and the cities of Lakemont, Clayton and Dillard. lodgingonthelake.com

583 Grant St

GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com

See pg 5

706-633-6072

The ultimate heavy equipment playground and the #1 thing to do in Blue Ridge, GA. Drive a military tank, military trucks or construction equipment. tanktownusa.com

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Sautee-Nacoochee

Folk Pottery Museum 800-868-7238 283 Georgia 255

706-878-3300

The only museum in the Southeast exclusively dedicated to pottery. Tennessee’s premier white water river rafting snca.org See pg 17 experts. When you choose Raft One, you will experience the best white water rafting experience in Tennessee!

See pg 10 Raft One White Water and Zipline Tours is

Recreation Blairsville North Georgia Watersports 706-835-1222 2132 Murphy Hwy.

southeasternexpeditions.com

Cleveland

See pg 12

Shopping Batesville

The largest and most diverse selection of boats and jet skis in North Georgia and a BRAND NEW North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm marina center with 35 slips! Offering boat rent- 2912 Paradise Valley Road 706-348-7279 als, boat sales & service, and marina needs. Come see the baby animals!

Hickory Flat Pottery 13664 Hwy 197 North

NorthGeorgiaWatersports.com

hickoryflatpottery.com

See pg 30 northgeorgiazoo.com

706-947-0030

Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood art made by hand in the hills of North Georgia. See pg 26


AREA DIRECTORY Blairsville

Clarkesville

Blairsville Pickers Barn (Georgia Pickers) Elizabeth Co 1419 Washington St 27 Orbit Drive 706-745-0097

Sautee-Nacoochee

706-754-2787 Old Sautee Store 2315 GA Highway 17

We are a unique place to join others that have Antiques, Collectibles Furniture, Coins, Jewelry, the same passion for the look and feel of the Glassware, Pottery, & Lots More! Buy-Sell-Trade Days Gone By, including antiques, vintage, primiblairsvillepickersbarn.com See pg 29 tives, shabby-chic, furniture, handmade items, gifts, a ladies clothing boutique & General Store!

Logan Turnpike Mill 80-B Town Square

Quality STONE-GROUND whole-grain products from the mountains of North Georgia. Fresh baked goods. Open Tuesday - Saturday. loganturnpikemill.com

Dillard

Aromatherapy, bath, body home and culinary. Country Junction General Store Highway 441 North 888-702-0642 thelavendercottageandgarden.com See pg 17 Local Jams & Jellies - Walking Sticks - Trail Bird Houses - Corinthian Chimes

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The largest and most diverse selection of boats and jet skis in North Georgia and a BRAND NEW Discount Spirits 706-878-7050 marina center with 35 slips! Offering boat rent50 Yonah St. als, boat sales & service, and marina needs. Discount Spirits of Helen, located in scenic HelNorthGeorgiaWatersports.com See pg 30 en, Georgia, offers the largest variety of beers, wines and spirits throughout North Georgia.

Helen

Sugar Magnolia Gifts & Interiors Like us on Facebook 267 Cleveland St 706-230-9100 Hansel & Gretel Gifts for every occasion, Birthday, Weddings, 8651 Main Street Anniversary, New Baby, and Holidays. Beautiful 8078 South Main Street home interiors to make your house a home. Like us on Facebook

Blue Ridge Ain’t What It Used To Be 304 W First St

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The Lavender Cottage & Garden 53 Hwy 255 N 706-878-0100

See pg 30 Maps - Stained Glass - Country Gifts - Quilts -

North Georgia Watersports 706-835-1222 2132 Murphy Hwy.

Visit for a glimpse back in time. Experience a thriving general store operating for 144 years. Eat in our market, explore our museum, and enjoy shopping with us.

See pg 26 sauteestore.com

800-84-GRITS ElizabethAndCo.weebly.com (47487)

706-878-2281

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Young Harris Essence of Rose 1759 Hwy 17

706-994-1407

Wonderful organic & natural handcrafted skin care soaps- lotions etc. Boutique clothes, fashion jewelry. Gourmet Foods & Inspirational Gifts, Candles Like us on Facebook

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Tourism

800-524-3008 Blairsville 706-878-2443 706-878-7704 Blairsville-Union Co Chamber of Commerce

Visit our other location- 8078 S. Main St in Helen Georgia’s #1 Outdoor Destination. Call or go See pg 21 online for a free Visitor’s Guide!

See pg 29 HanselandGretelCandyKitchen.com

Lindenhaus Imports 8669 North Main Street

706-878-2357

VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

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Blairsville Downtown Development Auth. 706-851-7636 Imports from Europe, Scandanavia, and around 62 Blue Ridge Street the world.

Proudly sponsoring festivals, shows, concerts, lindenhausimports.com See pg 21 parties and events in Blairsville, Georgia! We have “up-cycled” (think Pinterest) items and See pg 31 Tim’s Wooden Toys 706-878-1842 visitdowntownblairsville.com other hand crafted functional art. Most items are 8635 Main St, Unit 8, Swiss German Plaza hand made by us or local artists. We play all the time. Like us on Facebook

Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co 611 E Main St, Blue Ridge

See pg 40 timswoodentoyshop.com

706-254-2473 Wildewood General Store 52 River Street

Pezrok 524 E. Main Street

Neither painter nor sculptor can surpass nature’s artistry. More than just an upscale “rock shop.” We celebrate Earth’s terrestrial treasures in a setting as exceptional as nature itself. pezrok.com

Turning Leaf Wood Art 651 East Main Street

ExploreRabun 706-960-9865 706-878-5373 10 Seed Tick Rd (Hwy 441N)

Hiawassee

CreeksideGeneralStore.com

Hiawassee Antique Mall 518 N. Main Street

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706-632-6625 TATA on Main 401 S. Main St

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706-896-0567

Upscale clothes sizes (6 to 3/4X ) shoes and purses, gifts, small furniture, garden/home decor. Consignments by appointment only.

See pg 38 tataonmain.com

Helen

Helen Chamber of Commerce 706-896-0587 1074 Edelweiss Dr 706-878-1908

Over 8000 sq. ft. of antiques, furniture, glassware, pottery and porcelain.

See pg 40 hiawasseeantiquemall.com

We proudly feature the works of 50+ EXCLUSIVELY American Artists. turningleafwoodart.com

Clayton

Rabun County is know for outdoor recreation. Stroll down the alley to experience Wildewood. With three State Parks, three major lakes and Shopping w/benches on the porch for those who the wild and scenic Chattooga River, there is want to sit a spell or play a game of checkers. endless opportunity for fun and adventure. You Like us on Facebook See pg 22 can also enjoy a leisurely horseback ride, a tour of one of our award-winning wineries or many charming shopping and dining experiences. As Creekside General Store 706-896-9448 the Farm-to-Table capital of Georgia, we invite you ExploreRabun and all we have to offer! See pg 39 2955 Hwy 76 East Gifts, Flags, Pottery, Candles, Cabin Decor, Wind explorerabun.com See pg 11 706-632-6036 Chimes, Outdoor Furniture, T-Shirts, Jewelry, Local Handmade Items, and so much more!

We’re a small non-franchise bird store, dedicated to helping people learn about bird feeding the RIGHT way and have more fun while they do it. We test new products and stock only what works. We guarantee what we sell and stand behind our products and recommendations. Blueridgebirdseed.com

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A re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. helenchamber.com

See pg 21

Sky Valley City of Sky Valley 3444 Hwy. 246

706-746-2204

Visit our website for an online visitor’s guide.

See pg 36 skyvalleyga.com

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