Young Harris, Towns County Georgia Information
Unequalled Quality of Life
No matter which direction you come into Towns County, breathtaking
scenery awaits you. Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, is
visible throughout most of the county. Bordering North Carolina, Towns
County residents enjoy the added beauty of high peaks to the north.
Although one of Georgia's smallest counties in land area, Towns County
GA scores mightily in quality of life. Many sought-after factors are
here in abundance. Beautiful surroundings, recreational opportunities,
reasonable cost of living, low crime, moderate climate, excellent
schools, and quality healthcare are only a few of the areas in which
Towns County GA achieves high marks. Twice named in national media as a
top retirement setting, Towns County Georgia is also increasingly
popular with families. The county seat of Hiawassee GA, with a
population under 850, is scenically situated on the shores of Lake
Chatuge. A community hospital and comprehensive county school are
located here, as well as a new Recreation Complex and the Georgia
Mountain Fairgrounds. Upscale second homes, as well as vacation
cottages, can be seen dotting the mountainsides and lining the
lakeshore. Single-family developments, apartments, and condominiums can
also be found. Westward, the community of Young Harris GA is located in
a beautiful mountain valley. Home to United Methodist-affiliated Young
Harris College, the community's year-round population, including
students, is slightly less than Hiawassee. Former Georgia Governor and
U.S. Senator Zell Miller has his boyhood home in Young Harris Georgia,
across from the college which is his alma mater. The setting for homes
in Young Harris GA is primarily rural, with single family and upscale
developments located nearby. Both Hiawassee and Young Harris GA have
access to excellent golf courses, with at least four being located
within a close proximity. Cultural events such as live theatre, dance,
and musical performances are regularly scheduled at Young Harris College
and the Peacock Playhouse in neighboring Hayesville, North Carolina.
Additionally, miles of trout streams, hiking trails, 7,000-acre Lake
Chatuge, and over 57,000 acres of national forest give Towns County GA
residents a big backyard in which to play. Climate cooperates, with
year-round temperatures moderate enough to enjoy outdoor activities
anytime. Houses of worship for a wide range of denominations flourish in
Towns County, where over 65% of residents profess religious
affiliations. Towns is centrally located approximately two hours
distance from major metropolitan areas in Georgia, Tennessee, North and
South Carolina, including Atlanta GA, Chattanooga TN, Asheville NC, and
Greenville SC. Now is an excellent time to plan a visit to Towns County
GA. Not only is it a great year-round getaway destination, but also a
very attractive community for anyone seeking a relaxed lifestyle or new
business opportunities. Come and see why the enchanted mountains and
valleys of Towns are "centrally located between heaven and earth but
maybe a little closer to heaven!"
Towns County Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Towns County, the 117th county formed in Georgia was created in 1856
from parts of Union and Rabun counties. It was named for George
Washington Bonaparte Towns, who was the governor of Georgia from 1847 to
Young Harris was originally named Young Harris College in honor of Judge
Young Loftin Gerdine Harris of Athens. It soon shortened to Young
Harris, although there is still a Young Harris College located there.
Hiawassee is a Cherokee word meaning "meadow". Chatuge Lake is located
in the northern part of the county and reaches into North Carolina. It
is a storage facility for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and is also a
The Rollins Planetarium features a GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star
projector. This state-of-the-art device uses light guide technology to
optically project a realistic and beautiful starry sky. In all, some
8500 stars are projected, down to the faintest stars visible to the
human eye under ideal viewing conditions. With high-speed,
computer-calculated positioning, a simple click of a mouse sets the sky
for any time in the past, present or future, and for any location on
Earth or elsewhere in the solar system-- all in 20 seconds or less!
Installed at Young Harris in 2002, the projector was the first
installation of the Chronos model anywhere in the world.
The planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center building on the campus
of Young Harris College. The seating capacity is 109 people under a
40-foot-diameter dome. The planetarium was opened in 1979 through the
philanthropy of Wayne and Grace Rollins. The college also has an
observatory, located on Georgia state property near the Brasstown Valley
Resort, only a short distance from campus.
Top 10 Things to Experience at
1. Championship Golf... Brasstown Valley Resort features an 18-hole
championship golf course named among Golf Digest magazine's top Places
2. Brasstown Stables...Opened in June 2006, The Stables at Brasstown
Valley Resort establishes the property as the only full-service resort
and conference hotel in the North Georgia Mountains to offer guests a
horseback trail-riding experience. Featuring five miles of trails…more
3. Lake Cruises...Enjoy a scenic cruise on beautiful Lake Chatuge, two
miles north of the resort. This breathtaking 9,000-acre lake provides
fishing and recreational boating opportunities.
4. Brasstown Bald...Georgia's highest mountain at 4,784 feet, is only 20
minutes from Brasstown Valley Resort. On clear days, the spectacular
360-degree view from atop the mountain's observatory offers visitors
glimpses of four states.
5. Breathtaking waterfalls...Ana Ruby Falls, DeSoto Falls and Helton
Creek Falls are among several notable waterfalls located within 40
minutes of the resort. Spend the day hiking or picnicking surrounded by
6. Wildlife & Lush Forest...literally surround the resort, and nearby,
with over 250 acres bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest. The
forest is home to wild turkey, deer, and many other types of wildlife
and lush, colorful foliage. Fifteen minutes from Brasstown Valley
7. The Georgia Mountain Fair...holds three yearly festivals, including
the Rhododendron Festival in May, The Georgia Mountain Fair in August,
and the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in October. From May through
October the fair hosts several Super Star Concerts starring nationally
known country music stars. Just 10 minutes from Brasstown Valley Resort.
8. Helen, Georgia...Mountain beauty with a touch of Bavaria. Visitors
enjoy river tubing, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, or shopping in
the more than 200 specialty shops. A beautiful scenic mountain drive,
just 45 minutes from Brasstown Valley Resort.
9. Crane Creek Vineyards...located just three miles north of Brasstown
Valley Resort, offers the perfect late afternoon activity for the
resort's many conference groups. Visitors have the opportunity to taste
and purchase the many fine wines.
10. Whitewater rafting...Whether you seek the solitude of paddling the
river on your own or the adrenaline rush of being close to the pulsing
action, there is a perfect river within reach. Site of the Olympic river
events, you can drive or arrange transportation to one of four nearby
rivers. The drive ranges from 45 minutes to three hours from Brasstown
Lake Chatuge is a beautiful clear water lake surrounded by mountains of
both Georgia and North Carolina. The sprawling fingers with many islands
and coves cover 9000 acres and have 200 miles of shoreline. A great
majority of the Lake Chatuge borders USFS national forest or is owned by
Tennessee Valley Authority and is undeveloped. Lake Chatuge is known to
have good bass fishing and is regularly stocked. Large Canadian geese
can often be seen in the spectacular rural and mountain scenery of Lake Chatuge. Lake Chatuge is located on the Hiwassee River in western North
Carolina. Lake Chatuge is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement.
in the northeast corner of Georgia, where summers are cool and winters
are serenely beautiful, is as rich in natural beauty as when the
Cherokees roamed the land. Leisure and recreational opportunities
abound. Visitors can enjoy authentic mountain music, arts and crafts,
fine lodging, dining and resort facilities, all designed to make a visit
to Towns County a memorable one.
Towns County GA boasts a variety of accommodations from upscale resorts
and romantic Bed & Breakfasts to hideaway cabins in the woods or
cottages on the lake. Yes, to “STAY” in Towns County is to wake up in
At the resorts, you can play golf or hike with your family in the
forest, enjoy the lake via a pontoon boat or view the lake from the
mountainside. All facilities have luxury accommodations and restaurants
offering excellent cuisine.
What is there to “DO” in Towns County Georgia and the surround area?
Opportunities for recreation abound, here is truly something for
everyone with both indoor and outdoor recreation and entertainment
throughout the year.
Sports enthusiasts enjoy many water activities on beautiful Lake
Chatuge, horseback riding in the mountains, taking a llama trek in the
woods, golfing at championship golf courses, hiking the Appalachian
Trail, playing tennis, mountain biking, and more.
Towns County is also a center for mountain culture and music, offering
numerous arts, crafts and music shows throughout the year. Three
festivals are held each year at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in
Hiawassee as well as “Country Music Superstar Concerts” starring
nationally known country music stars. Live theatre productions are
presented by several groups in the area as well.
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