Towns County GA is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountain range, starting in Georgia and ending in Pennsylvania. Towns County GA and the surrounding area is best known for the friendliness of its people, the natural beauty of the area, and the fun and activities of the Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina mountains and Lake Chatuge. Only 2 hours north of Atlanta, Towns County, GA offers the safety and security of the Mountains and the Mountain communities together with their unique blend of antique shops, fine and casual dining, festivals and activities; while remaining within easy reach of international airports, shopping hubs, and more.
Towns County Georgia History
Towns County is the smallest county in Georgia and is home to both Hiawassee and Young Harris. Hiawassee is the county seat. Towns County was created in or about 1856 by appropriation of a portion of Raburn County and Union County to form Towns County named after one of our early Georgia Governors. Tough determined immigrants settled this area and that "can do" attitude and spirit is still very much apparent in the local residents today. Of course, not as lofty as our Mountain Cabins of today, the one-room log cabins of earlier settlers were often cold and isolated cabins providing only the most basic of shelters for these hearty settlers. Today the Mountain Cabin features all of the modern conveniences including central heat and air, dishwashers, microwaves, high speed Internet, and everything else you would expect in a modern home plus spectacular mountain views.
Towns County Georgia Activities
There is something for everyone in Towns County, GA. Come hike our portion of the Appalachian Trail, or visit the children's playground at the Hiawassee Beach on the shores of Lake Chatuge. Rent a pontoon, jet skis, or boat from one of the many locations along the shores of Lake Chatuge or launch your own at one of several public locations throughout the area. Perhaps you'd enjoy the classic car show at the 3rd annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In. Don't miss an opportunity to view the July 4th fireworks over the waters of our beautiful Lake Chatuge or watch the light display from your own boat or from the grounds of the Georgia Mountain Fairground. If you prefer motorcycles to cars then you must not miss the GA State H.O.G. Rally in September (why just get there when you can… arrive), or the two local events that seem to announce the end of summer: Summers Last Kiss or Georgia Mountain Fall Festival held in September and October. Of course, throughout the Spring, Summer, and into the Fall you will be treated to a free concert on the square every weekend (weather permitting). Towns County has even installed a fully equipped gum at our recreational department for use by our local residents. Stop in and give it a try.
Towns County Georgia: Brasstown Bald
As you hike the Appalachian Trail you will eventually come to the area where the trail crosses state highway 75 about half way between Helen, GA and Hiawassee, GA and continues right across Towns County, GA. You will want to visit the highest point in Georgia at the top of Brasstown Bald where it rises to an elevation of 4784 feet and is the highest point in the Deep South (as distinguished from the Upper South). Partly in Towns County, GA and partly in Union County, GA the county line divides the peak. On a clear day it is possible to see tall buildings of Atlanta from the summit. The U.S. Forest Service has a webcam atop the observation tower and a weather station further down the mountain. The public can drive to the top via Georgia state route 180 spur. An additional route to the summit is the Wagon Train Trail starting at Young Harris College. Graduating students and their families traditionally hike the trail on the evening before graduation; a vespers service is held at the summit.
Beyond the awesome lifestyle that we enjoy here in Towns County GA, what points of local interest do you enjoy the most?