GEORGIA MOUNTAIN VACATION RENTALS
Recreational activities include; rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, ATV riding, waterfalls, scenic byways, hiking, antique shops, locomotive train ride, country & bluegrass music and more.
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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 3990 Appalachian Hwy Blue Ridge, GA. 30513
Polk County Tennessee (Home of the Ocoee River) Chamber of Commerce - www.ocoeetn.org
Entertainment and Recreational Activities Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Enjoy a train ride alongside the beautiful Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Board the train in historic Blue Ridge. The view changes with the seasons, wildflowers and mountain laurel in the spring, rhododendron in the summer, gorgeous foliage in the fall and a ride with Santa and his elves for Christmas. The Scenic Railway departs from the old depot in downtown Blue Ridge. Your destination is downtown McCaysville, Georgia. Walk across the "Blue Line" on the street and you're in Copperhill, Tennessee! The rail adventure is a 3 1/2 hour 26 mile round trip, with a 1 1/2 hour layover to explore. The train runs from March through December, on weekends until June 13th, then daily through August. In the peak month of October, trips are daily beginning on October 3rd. For more information, call 1-800-934-1898.
Mercier's ... More than an Apple Orchard Mercier Orchards is Southern Living Magazine's "favorite roadside apple market," according to the October, 2002 edition. "If you come for no other reason, you must sample the fried apple pies and cider," the article says. "The cooks create some of the most memorable pastries, fried pies, fritters, doughnuts and dumplings that you will find anywhere." For 50 years, the Mercier family has been welcoming visitors to taste the fruits of the mountains - that's a lot of tourists and a lot of fruit! Mercier's is a major tourist attraction, bringing hundreds of busloads of visitors to Fannin County year after year. The orchard grows almost 20 varieties of apples, including Gala, Red and Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Stayman, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and others. Other seasonal fruit also is available, including peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, along with locally grown produce. Mercier's bakery doesn't just produce the most famous fried apple pies in the mountains -- also peach, blueberry, chocolate and coconut, among others. The apple house offers a huge selection of jellies, jams, smoked trout and other gift items to create gift baskets for the holidays. The orchard recently added picture windows in the bakery and fruit processing areas to allow tourists to see the action firsthand. Tourists can also "pick their own" apples in the fall.
White Water Rafting From March to October the Ocoee River comes alive with whitewater enthusiasts from around the world who journey to shoot the world-class rapids in rafts, canoes, and kayaks. Outdoor adventure writer Kim Urquhart calls it "a paddler's paradise ...loved for its size and power, constant flow rate and continuous waves and holes". The Class III and IV rapids that highlight this river begin just west of Ducktown, TN. There are many outfitters in the area who can set you up for an unforgettable day on the river. Eagle Adventures (800) 288-3245 - Ocoee river trips. Ocoee Adventure Center (888) 723-8622 - Ocoee river trips. Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting (800) 288-3245 - Ocoee river trips. Rolling Thunder River Company (800) 408-7238 - Ocoee or Nantahala river trips. Wildwater Ltd. Rafting (800) 451-9972 - Ocoee or Nantahala river trips.
Blue Ridge mountain Arts Association (BRMAA) BRMAA offers classes year round in dance, music, art and creative writing, and celebrates the opening of its seasonal exhibits and shows with receptions and gallery tours in Downtown Blue Ridge. BRMAA sponsors Concerts in the Park each Saturday during the month of August, Arts in the Park festival each Memorial Day Weekend, and the Wildlife Festival of the Arts in September. For scheduling information, call 706-632-2144.
Blue Ridge Community Theater Our beautiful new playhouse is located in the newly renovated Hampton Square building in downtown Blue Ridge. The theater group has a full calendar of drama, comedy and musical productions, including "Della's Diner" (April), "Dearly Departed" (June), "Bus Stop" (October), and "A Very Special Christmas Show" (December. For ticket information, call 632-9223.
Blue Ridge Dulcimers Every Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Call Margaret McCulley, (706) 374-2519 or Mary Davis, (706) 492-5759.
Blue Ridge Wood Carvers Every Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Methodist Church. For information, call (706) 632-7841.
Bowling Valley Village Shopping Center, Blue Ridge. Open daily. Call (706) 632-2064.
Farmer's Market & Seed Swap Soulshine Café, Copperhill. Bring your produce, flowers, herbs, seeds to swap, crafts, vinegars and oils, or just your gardening stories and secrets. Every Saturday morning starting April 5 through October 31. For more information call Laura at (423) 496-5363.
Georgia Mountain Classic Cars Cruise-In 4th Saturday of each month from April through October. Ingles parking lot, Blue Ridge. Call (706) 374-2826 for more information.
Kiwanis Bingo Every Tuesday and Thursday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Community Center, corner of Jones & Austin Streets, Blue Ridge. For more information, call Tony McConnell, (706) 374-2600.
Live Music Jams April through October Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle or your stompin' foot to Soulshine Café & Candles, 51 Ocoee Street, Copperhill. Saturday nights 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. April through October. Call (423) 496-5363 for more information call Laura at (423-496-5363.
Sugar Creek Music Park Country music & dance in Blue Ridge on Friday and Saturday nights, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Call Vida Cox, (706) 632-2560.
Sugar Creek Raceway Seasonal, 3rd Friday in March to the 3rd Friday in September. Dirt-track car racing in Blue Ridge every Friday night. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Races start 7:30 p.m. For more information call (706) 632-9083.
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C. Concerts most Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. featuring folk, bluegrass and old time Mountain music with the Appalachian fiddle, banjo, hammered dulcimer. Community Country and Square dances feature live music and are held bi-monthly from 8 - 11 p.m. Call 800-FOLK-SCH for more information.
Folkway Center of the Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega Appalachian Jam every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. starting in April. Mountain Music & Medicine Show the first Saturday of each month, featuring live mountain music, songs and stories. Call (706) 867-6710.
Holly Theatre, Dahlonega Dahlonega's community theatre produces a season of plays in a nostalgic atmosphere. Call (706) 864-3759 for season and ticket information.
Young Harris College, Young Harris The college offers concerts, art exhibits and theatre throughout the year. In addition, the Rollins Planetarium has a calendar of special seasonal events. Call (706) 379-3111 for more information.
Fly Fishing Unicoi-706.632.1880 www.unicoioutfitters.com Fly Drifters River Guides-706-374-2881 www.flydrifters.com
Fishing & Picnicking Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park - Directions: From our office, turn right onto Loving Road. Travel 2 miles to Hwy 515 and turn right. Go to first traffic light at Hwy 60 and turn right. Travel 7 miles on Hwy 60 to River Road and turn left. Go 2.1 miles to Horseshoe Bend Park on left. You may also reserve a pavilion at the park for large groups by calling the Fannin County Recreational Department at 706-632-7696.
Tammen Park - Directions: From our office, turn right onto Loving Road and travel 2 miles to Hwy 515. Turn right on Hwy 515 and go to the 2nd traffic light (Marathon Station and Serenity in the Mountains on left) and make a “U” turn. Travel approximately .6 of a mile and Tammen Park will be on your right.
Meeks Park- Directions: From our office, turn right onto Loving Road and travel 2 miles to Hwy 515. Turn left on Hwy 515 and travel approximately 15-20 minutes. Meeks Park will be on the right side of the highway. Butternut Creek and Nottely River run through the park for fishing, scenic walks along the trails, and memorable family picnics.
Horseback Riding Adventure Trail Rides-706-258-BARN (2276) www.Adventuretrailrides.com Directions: At McDonald’s in Blue Ridge, take HWY 5 North. Travel approximately 4 ½ miles and turn left on HWY 2. Travel 4 miles on HWY 2 and turn left onto Cashes Valley Road. Travel 1 mile and look for barn on left. Blanche Manor-706-455-RIDE (7433) www.blanchemanor.com Directions: At McDonald’s in Blue Ridge, take HWY 5 North. Travel 10.2 miles. Turn left at first stoplight, Tennessee Ave. and go 3.2 miles (this turns into Mobile Road). Turn right on Bethel Church Road, go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Mt. Harmony Church Road and go 1 mile. Turn right onto Deal Hollow and go 0.2 miles. Turn left at Blanche 181 mailbox, follow signs to barn.
Tubing at Toccoa Valley Campground (706) 838-4317 (local call from the cabin) Call for hours of operation. Rent tubes or rafts to float down the river. The trip takes from 3 ½ to 5 hours, depending upon how fast the river is flowing. They will pick you up in a bus to take you back to your car. Directions: Take #515 South (from Loving Rd) towards Blue Ridge. Turn left on Windy Ridge Road, go one block and turn left on Old Hwy 5/76 to Aska Road (appx. One block). Turn right on Aska Road and proceed 12 miles to the Campground on left. Webb Brothers Float Service Inc. (423) 338-2373 Enjoy the beauty and adventure of a 5 mile float down the beautiful Hiwassee River. Not nearly as wild as the Ocoee, the Hiwassee is ideal for beginners and families. Based on the International Scale of River Difficulty, the Hiwassee is primarily a Class II river, with certain sections considered to be Class III. The Ocoee is Class III and IV. Rentals normally begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., seven days a week. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends, but walk-ins are always welcome!
UltraLight Glider Rides (423) 802-1193 (approx. 1 hour away) 15 minute ride in an UltraLight glider. Located on Hwy 64 between the Ocoee River and Cleveland, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.tctrike.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org Chilhowee Gliderport (approx 1 hour away) 423-338-2000- www.chilhowee.com Soar like a hawk along a beautiful Tennessee Mountain range. FAA licensed pilot. Open weekends, weather permitting, from approximately 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations can be made at the above phone number.
Serenity In The Mountains Hair, Nail and Body Spa (706) 258-2244 Sue Phillips – Certified Massage Therapist (will do house calls) (706) 745-4273 or (706) 897-4019 Riverstone Skin and Laser Med-Spa (706) 258-4118
Brasstown Valley Resort (706) 379-9900- Young Harris, GA Chatuge Shores Golf Course (706) 389-8940- Hiawassee, GA Butternut Creek (706) 439-6076- Blairsville, GA Whitepath Golf Club & Pro Shop (706) 276-3080- Ellijay, GA
Cozy Cove Marina (706) 745-2468- Rents Pontoon Boats Lake Blue Ridge Marina (706) 632-2618- Rents Pontoon Boats and ‘Little Johnnies’ (12’ aluminum 2 person boats) Swimming - Morganton Point- Beach area for swimming. Directions: From My Mountain Cabin Rentals office, turn right onto Loving Road. At the intersection of Loving Road and Hwy 515, continue straight across, which is also Loving Road, to the stop sign and turn right onto Old Hwy 76. Continue approximately 6/10 mile. This is the small town of Morganton. On your left there is a US Post Office and a Restaurant. Turn left between the Restaurant and a small building, which is in the corner of two roads converging. This is a very short connector road. At the stop sign, go straight onto Lake Drive until you reach Morganton Point, which will be on your left. Please not: a small fee is required to park.
Poteete Creek Recreation Area- (706)-439-6103- Donna & Tom White (Resident Managers)-Beach Area/Boat Ramp- Beach offers sand and roped area for swimming (no lifeguard on duty-no pets allowed on beach- no alcoholic beverages allowed). Beautiful lake with mountain views. Pavilion available for group picnics (please call resident manager for reservations). Lakeside picnic tables available (pets allowed in picnic area, but must be kept on leash at all times). Directions: From My Mountain Cabin Rentals office, turn left onto Loving Road. Travel 7.2 miles. At the stop sign, turn right onto Hwy. 325. Travel 1/10 mile and turn left onto Poteete Creek Road. Continue 9/10 mile. On the right side of the road you will see a stop sign and a sign instructing vehicles entering the beach area to stop and pay a $2 parking fee. After paying the fee, follow the signs to the beach. Please note that the gate to the beach area is locked between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Nottely Dam- This TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) Dam offers a beautiful view of Lake Nottely and the mountains surrounding it. Stop at the overlook to enjoy the sights and read information on TVA, the nation’s largest public power producer & steward of the Tennessee River. Directions: From My Mountain Cabin Rentals office, turn left onto Loving Road. Travel 7.2 miles. At the stop sign, turn left onto Hwy. 325. Travel 1.5 mile. Overlook is on right side of the road.
“Fields of the Wood”
- A Bible Park – 828-494-7855 or 828-494-5572 Open sunrise to sunset everyday. No admission fee. See “Ten Commandment Mountain”, “Joseph’s Tomb”, and “Prayer Mountain”
Brasstown Bald Mountain & Visitor Information Center - Travel US Highway 19/129 south from Blairsville seven miles. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 180 for nine miles, then north on Georgia 66 for three miles. 360-degree vista of four states from the observation deck, atop Georgia's highest elevation of 4,784 feet. Hiking trails and picnicking areas are available. Open Memorial Day through October and on weekends in early spring (as weather permits.) Summit reached by trail or by shuttle bus for a small fee. An elevator was installed prior to the 1999 season to carry the handicapped visitors to the observation deck.
Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary (706-276-2980) 435 Cougar Lane, Ellijay, Georgia 30540--50-acre preserve that medically cares for all species of animals indigenous to the southeast. Family Day is the 2nd Sunday of the month from June-September. Tours by appointment Sunday-Friday. Website: wildliferehabsanctuary.org Vogel State Park-Visit this wonderful 233 acre state park 11 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. Hwy 19-129. The park includes a 20-acre lake with swimming beach, 17 miles of hiking trails, backpacking, fishing, swimming, pedal boat and miniature golf. Special programs are offered throughout the year.
706-379-4312- Located on the Young Harris College campus in Young Harris, Georgia, the Rollins Planetarium is one of the largest in the state. It houses a GOTO ‘CHRONOS’ projector under a 40-foot dome and is capable of seating 109 in comfortable reclined chairs. Take Hwy 515 North to the town of Young Harris, 24.5 miles. Young Harris College is on the right side. To get to the planetarium turn into the campus at the flashing light in the center of town. At the end of the street take a left. The planetarium is located in the second building on the left called the Maxwell Center. Call the above number for information on the planetarium and a recording of the latest star show. The planetarium is open to the public Friday evenings at 8 p.m. There is no admission charge. The shows start promptly at 8 p.m. so come early to get the best seats (except in June and July when the shows begin at 8:30 p.m.). If weather permits, the observatory, located on Georgia state property near the Brasstown Valley Resort (about 3 minutes from the campus) will be open after the planetarium show.
“The Reach of Song”- An Appalachian Drama-706-379-1711 or 800-262-7664 for reservations or more information. Website: www.reachofsong.com In song, dance, humorous stories from the whittler’s bench and gossip from the quilting bee, local and regional performers tell the story of mountain culture and the changes affecting their lives. This multimedia production focuses around the period of World War II. Performances are held in the 350-seat, air-conditioned new auditorium on the Towns County School campus, from June through August.
Blood Mountain Archaeological Area - The area is located 15 miles south of Blairsville at Neal Gap on US Highway 19/129, via Appalachian Trail. Site of Cherokee and Creek Indian Battle before arrival of the white man. For your convenience, there is a Visitor Information Center located at Walasi-Yi Center where the Appalachian Trail crosses U.S. Highway 19/129.
The Appalachian Trail - A wilderness footpath that winds over 2,100 miles along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. It runs through 14 states. The Appalachian Trail in Georgia extends some 80 miles through the primitive area of Chattahoochee National Forest. Although rising at times to elevations of over 4,400 feet, the Trail is mostly along ridges at elevations around 3,000 feet. It offers unlimited hiking adventure of exceptional challenge and variety. Ascents and descents are sometimes steep, but are often rewarded by scenic vistas from rocky outcrops and open summits. The Appalachian Trail may be reached by way of: Woody Gap on Georgia Highway 60, 4 miles south of Suches; Neel Gap on U.S. Highway 19/129, 14 miles south of Blairsville; and Testate Gap and Hog Pen Gap on Georgia Highway 348 (Richard Russell Scenic Highway,) 15 miles southeast of Blairsville.
Harrah’s Casino- 777 Casino Drive Cherokee, NC 28719- Casino located on Cherokee Reservation. Open 24/7 to 21 and older only. Approximately 1 ½ - 2 hour drive from My Mountain.
Cycle South (706) 632-3533-Bicycle rentals by the hour, day or week www.cyclesouth.net
Duke’s Creek Mines (706) 878-2625- Helen, GA- Come pan for Gold or screen for Gems at the site of the first major discovery of Gold in the USA. www.helenga.org/dukescreekmines/
KID’S STUFF Babyland General (706-865-2171) 73 West Underwood St., Cleveland, GA- Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids- website: cabbagepatchkids.com Fun World (706-896-7777) Hwy 76 West, Hiawassee, GA- Indoor entertainment for kids of all ages including arcade games, laser tag, foam factory, inflatable rock climbing wall, go carts, toddler arena, batting cages, party rooms, Enrico’s Pizzeria, indoor miniature golf. www.FunWorldatFieldstone.com
VINEYARDS Crane Creek Vineyards (706-379-1236) 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582 www.cranecreekvineyards.com Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery (706-867-9862) 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533 Fax: 706-867-9031 http://wolfmountainvineyards.com Located just 5 miles north of the historic town square of Dahlonega, Georgia, Wolf Mountain Vineyards represents a 25 acre family-owned wine growing estate. Three Sisters Vineyards Vineyard/Winery/Tasting Room (706-865-9463) Fax (706-865-1531) 439 Vineyard Way P.O. Box 3 Dahlonega, GA 30533 www.threesistersvineyards.com email@example.com Habersham Winery Vineyard (770.983.1973 or 706.878.9463) 7025 S. Main St. (Ga Hwy 75) Helen, GA 30545 http://www.habershamwinery.com
For That Special Touch… Creations by Pam (706-374-1153 or 706-633-8320) Need a gift basket for an anniversary, birthday, honeymoon couple or just because? Pam will design a beautiful gift basket, adding the products you request and her creativity to make that special gift for that special someone! Whether it is wine and candles or fishing lures and beer mugs, Pam can have it ready and waiting in your cabin upon your arrival. Prices vary depending on each basket. Please call ahead in order to allow enough time for basket to be designed, prepared and delivered. Email address- firstname.lastname@example.org Cake Walk (706- 258-FOOD) Kerri Harbin- Gourmet cakes for every occasion.
History of Fannin County Cherokee Indians controlled the area today known as Fannin County when the first white settlements appeared. Unlike much of the rest of Georgia, Fannin County's first settlers did not come from the East, but from the north. Written accounts date these earliest settlements to 1790. Crossing the Appalachian Mountains to Fort Loudon (now Tennessee), the first settlers followed the Tennessee River south, where they took the Ocoee-Toccoa to the wide, fertile valley that separates the Cohuttas and the Blue Ridge Mountains in Fannin County. Coastal Georgians began to push the Cherokee further west and this land was surrendered by the Cherokee in 1835 under the terms of the Treaty of New Echota. In 1838 the Cherokee were forced to leave in a travesty today known as the Trail of Tears. Fannin County was created in 1854 from portions of Union County and Gilmer County, with Morganton as the first county seat. Col. James Fannin, for whom the county is named, was a hero in the Texas War for Independence. Ordered by Sam Houston to pull back from a fortified position in Goliad, Fannin was surrounded by forces under the command of Gen. José de Urrea in the battle of Coleto. Fannin surrendered his force of about 400 men, who were later massacred. Appalachia farmers in this area grew products that had to be taken to a mill and "cracked" before use, hence the term "cracker" was frequently applied. Agriculture, and the businesses supporting agriculture, have been (and still are) a mainstay of the Fannin County economy since its earliest days. After the Civil War cotton became a mainstay of the area. A push for diversification at the start of the 20th century greatly expand the types of crops raised. From the mid-1800's until the start of the 19th century mining also contributed to the economy, as did lumber from 1900 until World War II. The Marietta and North Georgia Railroad made an economic decision to avoid Fannin's county seat of Morganton, building the railroad through the long, relatively flat Toccoa River Valley. Col. Mike McKinney founded the town of Blue Ridge in 1886 along the route of the railroad. When it arrived in Fannin County it gave the county a market for its agricultural products. What had taken days to deliver now took hours. In the early 1920's construction began on U. S. Highway 76, further increasing access to this once remote area. Tourism picked up with the completion of the railroad to Blue Ridge, but this boon was short-lived. Starting in the 1950's tourism surged again in the county. With the completion of the Georgia Mountain Parkway in 1986 this trickle became a flood. Much of the land in Fannin County is under Forest Service management. Beginning as the Cherokee and later the Georgia National Forest, today's Chattahoochee National Forest is a gem in Fannin County's crown. Managed for use by all Americans the land creates jobs, offers recreational opportunities and preserves ecologically sensitive areas from overuse. Georgia's Blue Ridge and Cohutta Mountains From extreme south-central Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Mountains run to the south and west, including land that ranges from high peaks, such as the Shenandoahs, to rolling hills like those throughout much of the southwest portion of Virginia. In North Carolina the geologically complex mountain range once again reaches lofty heights, with some individual mountain peaks over 6,000 feet, highest in the eastern United States. The tallest peak in Georgia, at 4784 feet, is Brasstown Bald, near Blairsville. In southern North Carolina this high ridge turns southwest and continues to Springer Mountain in southern Fannin County, Georgia (home of the southern end of the famous Appalachian Trail, which extends north 2160 miles to Maine). While the Blue Ridge range does continue to the west, it is at this point that both the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Appalachian Trail begin their northward trek along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. The Benton MacKaye Trail follows the western ridge of the Appalachians, while the Appalachian Trail follows the eastern ridge. (The origins of the Appalachian Trail can be traced to a 1921 article by Benton MacKaye entitled; An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning) The Blue Ridge Mountain Range comprises the majority of the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachians are a loose-knit series of mountain ranges that extend from Maine to Alabama and include portions of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. These mountains formed the greatest barrier to the westward movement of European and American settlers until the 19th century. West of the Blue Ridge range is a second series of mountains that run from West Central North Carolina to Fannin County. In Georgia, this range is known as the Cohutta Mountains, while farther north they are called the Smoky Mountains. The Cohuttas and the Smokies are part of the Blue Ridge province, yet they are actually geologically distinct from the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and quite a bit older. In Fannin County, the Cohutta Mountains rise in the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the south and east. The Cherokee considered the Cohuttas to be the "poles of the shed," holding up the sky in this, their "Enchanted Land." Many Cherokees would farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, leaving them during the winter and staying at the Cherokee village of Aska, or "winter home." Aska is 8 miles south of the town of Blue Ridge. These mountains also held wealth for the early settlers. Although agriculture was the major industry in the area, lumber and mining in both the Cohutta and Blue Ridge Mountains contributed significant income to the north Georgia settlers. Once the lumber had been harvested, the federal government bought the mountain land and created the Chattahoochee National Forest. During the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps worked to improve the environmental condition of the mountains, reforesting areas all across Fannin County. There were two camps listed in Fannin County; Camp Sea Creek and Camp Wilscot. Other camps outside Fannin County, specifically Camp Woody in Suches, did significant amounts of work within Fannin County. Today, more than 100,000 acres of land in Fannin County is managed by the United States Forest Service. The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses work closely with the Forest Service in many aspects of land management within Fannin County. Fannin County is known as “The Gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains”. People from Atlanta, Chattanooga and the entire Southeastern United States think of Fannin County as the place to start their Blue Ridge Mountain vacation because of the beauty of the Blue Ridge and Cohutta Mountains, the multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities, the wide array of available lodging, excellent restaurants and easy access, thanks to the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Enjoy Fannin County’s beauty !!