North Georgia National ParksNorth Georgia National Parks include the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, spreading across over 860,000 acres of gorgeous wilderness, with over 530 miles of trails that visitors can explore by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or revving up their off-road vehicles. Take advantage of photo opportunities atop one of the many rolling hills and mountains within the forest, or enjoy a picnic with fully comprehensive amenities including picnic tables, grills and camp sites.
The nearby Nantahala National Forest provides even more opportunity for outdoor adventure. Located in Cherokee County, take a scenic drive from Mountain Getaway Cabins, the Nantahala offers hiking, swimming, mountain biking, camping, nature trails, horseback riding, and more. Adjacent to Nantahala is the Cherokee National Forest, which spans an immense 652,000 acres of pristine land where visitors can fish, camp, hunt, picnic, boat, hike, bike, or leisurely enjoy the relaxing outdoors.
Nantahala National Forest - This beautiful, pristine forest comprises a third of the total land mass within Cherokee County .Portions of the national forest are set aside for camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and various other recreational purposes. For further information contact the local U.S. Forest Service district office (Tusquitee) in Murphy 704-837-5152.
Cherokee National Forest - Adjoining Nantahala with 652,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest offers dozens of exciting and relaxing recreational opportunities. Among many activities enjoyed by thousands each year are camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming, and boating on Parksville Lake. The Cherokee National Forest's Scenic Byway, the first scenic byway designated in the nation, winds along Parksville Lake, the Ocoee River, mountain tops overlooking the Chilhowee Recreational area and more breathtaking scenes.
Information is available on mountain biking, horseback riding and jeep and hiking trails from the U.S. Forest Service & Fannin County Chamber of Commerce.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the sites where Civil War battles were fought. The Trail of Tears also passed through this region. There are many other historical sites to visit, as well as museums.