Lake Burton - A well kept secret

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Georgia Realty - Rabun County, Ga.

The New York Times recently referred to Georgia's 'mountain-lakes' area as 'the Hamptons of Atlanta".  Rabun County, Georgia - "Where Spring spends the Summer" - is unique in that while the area can be accessed in under two hours from any part of metro Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville, Gainesville or Athens, these mountain lakes are still a well-kept secret.  The three lakes in Rabun County are Lakes Burton, Seed and Rabun.  All three were built in the early 1900s by Georgia Power and remain three of the most pristine lakes in the United States.  Fed by the Talulah River and numerous smaller tributaries ,but no longer used primarily for producing hydro-electric power,  the lakes offer boating and water sports and numerous other opportunities for family fun.  In addition, visitors and residents enjoy white water rafting, fabulous fly fishing, hiking on the Appalachlian Trail, Georgia's highest state park - Black Rock Mountain State Park, numerous waterfalls, Foxfire and the Talulah Gorge.

I have been an active REALTOR since 1978 - working in the metro Atlanta market until coming to Rabun County in 2004.  Twice Realtor of the Year for the Metro-South Association of Realtors; twice President of the Metro-South Association of Realtors; recipient of the JL Christian Award; graduate of the Realtors' Institute (GRI), holder of M-ABR, E-Pro, served as chairman of 8 statewide committees for GAR including the first 2 year chair of the Georgia Realtors Political Action Committee (2003-2004) and Education Commitittee Chair in 2007; actively involved in Senator Johnny Isakson's campaign.  Currently a member of the Rabun County Board of Realtors, the Rabun County Multiple Listing Service and The First Multiple Listing Service in Atlanta.

Occasionally I have the opportunity to work with persons who require anonymity and that trust is a respected part of my business.  Entertainment and sports figures feel comfortable here because they and their families can lead a 'regular' life - free from the hubbub of their workday worlds. 

If you're looking for excitement other than that of landing a trout, dodging a family of wild turkeys as they cross the road, finding a waterfall at the end of a trail, making a great golf shot or 'shooting' a canyon in a raft on whitewater - you'll need to find somewhere else for your home.  Georgia's mountain lakes are easy to get to, but those of us who live here or come for vacations or the summer, find it almost impossible to leave.

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Michelle Boddie

I enjoyed your article; your description makes Lake Burton sound blissful and heavenly.  I'm a native of Atlanta, GA and thanks to your article and another site's article about North Georgia, I'm looking forward to visiting Lake Burton!  Thank-you for sharing.

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