Where Mother Nature Comes to Play…An Outdoor Adventure Every Day
With highway access points and over 28 miles of national forest trails. Outdoor adventures are endless from Cleveland to Helen to the historic Sautee Nacoochee Valley.
Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, White County has a unique, year-round outdoor playground. From the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River located on Tray Mountain in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, the outdoor adventurers “playground” is created.
Hiking, mountain biking, climbing and backpacking are activities for thrill-seekers in over 40,000 acres of national forest. Smoky Mountain Trader, an Appalachian Trail Conservancy Designated Outfitter, can outfit hikers for walks in the woods or for a 2400-mile trek on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Mountain bike enthusiasts revel at the challenge of the 7.5 mile course developed for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Mountain Biking competition. Professional mountain-bike outfitter, Woody’s Mountain Bikes, provides bikes to fit all skill levels for ages 12 to 60+ to ride more than 60 trails in the mountains. Road biking is very popular; roads go from rolling farmland to the mountains where Tour De Georgia, a U.S. professional cycling stage race attracted professional cyclists from around the world including former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The mountains give rise to springs which flow to creeks tumbling over cliffs and massive boulders. Area waterfalls offer picnic destinations for families or inspiration for the adventurous. Headwaters of the Chattahoochee River pour through the Alpine Village of Helen, Smithgall Woods State Park and high altitude streams where Unicoi Outfitters (2015 Orvis Dealer of the Year’ Award Finalist) are ready to offer days of trophy trout fishing year round. Flat and white water canoeing, kayaking and rafting are available on Smith Lake at Unicoi State Park and on the Rivers as it makes its way south to Lake Lanier.
White County is a part of the first gold rush in the United States (1828); gold and gem panning is a part of the history and mystery of these ancient mountains.
For an aerial view, try zip-lining over rivers, through forests and down mountainsides; challenge your skills with ropes courses and bungee swings. Try rock climbing and rappelling off of Yonah Mountain, a landmark that is rimmed by sheer cliffs.
White County also offers a quieter side of Mother Natures’ playground. Scenic golf courses with manicured fairways are waiting for visitors. Golf Pros at Innsbruck and Mossy Creek stand ready to assist.
Seven wineries comprise the Unicoi Wine Trail and open their tasting room doors to the world. From one of Georgia’s oldest wineries, Habersham Vineyards and Winery to CeNita Vineyards & Winery, which opened in 2015, White County’s wineries offer something for everyone. Sit back and relax with some of Georgia’ finest wines.
The Georgia State Senate has designated White County as Georgia’s official Outdoor Adventure Destination. Make it your outdoor adventure destination soon. For information, call the White County Chamber of Commerce 706-865-5356 or visit whitecountychamber.org. White County… Where Mother Nature Comes To Play…a Lifetime’s Adventure Every Day.
By Jennie Ingles
Last modified: October 19, 2016