Northern Georgia’s landscape benefits from the picturesque and stately Appalachian Mountains — ranges which contain a variety of activities you can enjoy throughout the year. When you decide to explore the northeast Georgia mountains, here are five activities to consider.
The terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail sits within northern Georgia, at Springer Mountain. After utilizing an eight-mile access route, you can hike more than 78.6 miles of the trail while remaining inside Georgia’s border. This stretch provides a dazzling view of flora, fauna, waterways and geological features.
There are also plenty of less-famous trails with equally stunning views, including multiple waterfalls like Ann Ruby Falls near Helen or Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville. Hike to the peak of Brasstown Bald — the tallest point in Georgia at 4,784 feet — to gain an unforgettable sight of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.
2. Horseback Riding
Blue Ridge is a gorgeous area in Georgia, with scenic valleys and hardwood forests that rival any other place in Appalachia.
If you’d like to join a four-legged companion on a trip through the backcountry, you can find numerous stables and other companies that offer trail rides on horseback. Experts can teach you the basics of horse riding, and you’ll be able to partner with an equine friend as you explore the region on an unforgettable trip.
If you fancy yourself an angler, there are plenty of rivers, lakes and ponds in Georgia containing more than 325 species of fish.
There are, of course, the mighty Chattooga and Chattahoochee rivers, but you can also go to Lake Blue Ridge to fish for bluegill, walleye and smallmouth bass. If you want an education on different fish and their life cycles, you can visit the Burton State Fish Hatchery or the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery.
4. River Tubing
The Chattahoochee River runs straight through the small mountainside village of Helen, which remains famous for Bavarian culture and cuisine. However, it also offers a unique, leisurely activity that all members of your family can enjoy.
Through the Cool River Tubing Company, you can take a scenic, reasonably calm route underneath bridges and through the surrounding forests in colorful inflatable tubes. You’ll even experience a few dips and some baby rapids to add a little excitement to the journey.
5. White Water Rafting
If you want to upgrade to the big-boy rapids, then you’ll need the services of a company like Southeastern Expeditions, which has spent more than 40 years organizing trips on the Chattooga River.
You can choose from Class II through Class IV rapids to match your desired intensity level and you can take single-day or multi-day trips. So, whether you want a scenic tour to relax or an exciting path to boost your adrenaline, we can accommodate your needs. Our guides are friendly and well-trained to ensure your satisfaction and safety.
Enjoy the Best Rafting Experience With Southeastern Expeditions
If your adventures take you into or around Rabun County, Southeastern Expeditions can escort you on an unrivaled white water rafting trip through the Northeast Georgia Mountains and beyond.
Contact us today by calling 1-800-868-7238 or emailing Information@SoutheasternExpeditions.com to arrange your trip or ask questions!