You’ll find an assortment of flyers/brochures for the area in a wall rack to the right of the TV. There are also area road maps and trail maps.
There are area books in the living area including a guide to waterfalls in N. GA. and Bill’s Guide to Suches.
FISHING QUESTIONS & REGULATIONS: www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/regulations
FISH HATCHERY: Follow Rock Creek Rd. beyond the turn-off for Forest Service 656 and on the right you’ll follow beautiful Rock Creek. Go approx.3.7 miles and come to the Fish Hatchery. http://library.fws.gov/Hatcheries/chattahoochie_forest07.pdf
ROCK CREEK LAKE: Pass the hatchery and approx. 2 miles and you’ll come to lovely Rock Creek Lake. Fishing and canoeing are nice.
THE FABULOUS TOCCOA: Bring your fishing poles and fish in one of GA’s premier trout stocked rivers. You can bring your canoe, kayak or tubes, but you’ll need to plan for a return trip; either a 2nd vehicle or drive to the Rock Creek Bridge and leave your vehicle and walk back to the cabin. This makes for a great float from the cabin, about 2 hrs. to your vehicle. Or visit one of the local outfitters that provide gear and transportation for a small fee. Toccoa Valley Campground www.toccoavalleycampground.com, 11481 Aska Rd. 706-838-4317 is close.
JON RON TOCCOA OUTFITTERS: Provides hosted floats, equipment rental and shuttle service. You can rent canoes or kayaks. www.jonrontro.com 15 Black Ankle Creek Rd. Cherry Log GA 30522
NATIONAL FOREST: Hiking trails through the national forest and along the river are scenic and relaxing. There are many well worn trails and old logging roads that intersect streams with trickling waterfalls, offering wildlife encounters, beautiful vistas, and native flora and fauna experiences.
BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILROAD: This is nice to view the fall foliage and there is a Seasonal trip with Santa for the young (and old)! Downtown Blue Ridge 706-632-9833 www.brscenic.com
SWAN DRIVE-IN: An authentic drive-in movie! 651 Summit St. Blue Ridge. 706-632-5235 www.swan-drive-in.com
WHITEWATER RAFTING: For a bit more adventure, you can raft the 1996 Summer Olympic whitewater rafting course. When the Toccoa flows across the Tennessee state line, the name changes to the Ocoee. The TVA damns the river and controls the current creating exciting rapids. There are many outfitters that offer guided trips. www.rollingthunderriverco.com in McCaysville, GA, at the TN state line. 1-800-408-7238.
LAKE BLUE RIDGE: A 3290-acre lake providing over 100 miles of mostly public shoreline. There is a full service marina, several boat ramps, public swimming and picnic areas including Morganton Point. 17.5 miles downstream from Paradise River Retreat
SUCHES: Travel approximately 12 miles southeast on Hwy 60 to intersection with Hwy 180 to the township of Suches. There is a small county store which is a frequent stop for Appalachian Trail hikers, and motorcycle enthusiasts’ Inn and restaurant, “Two”. Suches holds the distinction of being the city with the highest elevation in the state of GA., and having the smallest public school, Woody Gap. Lake Winfield Scott is a few miles down Hwy 180. Be sure to see the book, Bill’s Guide to Suches at the cabin.
The Cabin Information book at the cabin has these destinations mapquested from the cabin (main intersection Hwy 60).
Vogel State Park: Blairsville area app. 25 miles. 45 minutes www.gastateparks.org/vogel Lake, hiking, waterfall
Side Trip: Helton Creek Falls see Waterfall Book at cabin
Amicalola Falls Park: Dawsonville area, app.60 miles, 1.5 hrs
www.gastateparks.org/amicalola The tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi The restaurant at the lodge has fantastic views and serves a good meal at a reasonable price!
Fort Mountain State Park: Chatsworth app. 60 miles, 1.5 hrs. Lake ,hiking, horseback riding. www.gastateparks.org/fortmt. Side trip: Cohutta Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi, featuring Lake Conasauga and Jacks River Falls. See Brown’s Guide to Georgia at cabin.
Brasstown Bald: The summit Visitor’s Center and observation deck are at the top of the highest point in Georgia. Looking out you can see 3 states! App. 40 miles, 1 hr.
Side trip: Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee. . Evenings: Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris College Check public shows. www.yhc.edu/pages/yhc.php?id=142#march
Dahlonega: app. 30 miles, 1 hr. Pan for gold, dine at the famous Smith House, or enjoy the Chestatee River, www.chestateewildlife.com is a highly rated wildlife preserve. A beautiful drive in leaf season! Side trip: Lake Winfield Scott; see Bill’s Guide to Suches at cabin.
Helen: app.45 miles, 1.5 hrs A FULL day trip, but worth it! Lots of waterfalls nearby or en route. Must see Anna Ruby Falls at Unicoi State Park www.gastateparks.org/unicoi . Visit the Alpine village, sample German food and German pastries! Tube the Chattahoochee at Flea Market Tubing! www.helengeorgia.com
www.georgiatrails.com for hiking trail information; sorts by hikes to waterfalls.
www.n-georgia.com/ne-mtns-free.htm free activities in the north GA mts.
Waterfall websites: photos and directions www.jjanthony.com ; www.n-georgia.com/waterfal.htm www.ngeorgia.com/naturally/waterfallmaps.html ; http://www.greatgeorgiaproperties.com/Outdoor-adventures/Georgia-waterfalls.htm http://www.mountaintravelguide.com/georgia/northgeorgiamountainwaterfalls.htm
There is an assortment of menu and restaurant flyers at the cabin .The closer restaurants:
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 8055 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge 706-632-7891
Cucina Rustica (www.morgantonga.com/cucina.html ) 706-374-7474
76 Forge Mill Crossing, Morganton
Maps to these restaurants are at the end of this book. If you use them, please return the pages to the book.
In Blue Ridge and Blairsville Township:
There is a variety of fast food, casual and a few fine dining restaurants. Check hours of operation, as some are not open every day. If you want alcoholic beverages, check restaurants for their policy.
Dahlonega: The famous Smith House family style Southern cooking.