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Explore all the Northeast Georgia Mountains have to offer! Stunning scenery amid the state's northeast corner provide gentle peaks and rushing waters, making this region a natural paradise for visitors.

Discover the many possibilities:

Enjoy – Soul searching at spas, resorts, and bed & breakfasts

Discover – More than ten distinct Northeast Georgia wineries

Explore – Tumbling waterfalls and a variety of beautiful, pristine lakes

Bridge the gap between past and present and enjoy the Northeast Mountains' scenic beauty, natural treasures and small-town delights. The mountains will provide you with a simple escape to life's daily rigors.

Check out great weekend getaway spots, including Lake Lanier Islands, Tallulah Falls and Helen.

Lake Lanier Islands:

Welcome to the Most Visited Lakeside Resort in Georgia! 

Forty-five minutes from northeast Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands Resort is situated on the southern shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and is Georgia's most visited lakeside resort destination. This breathtaking site encompasses natural beauty in a private setting, making it an ideal location for family vacations, romantic getaways, business conferences and meetings, weddings and more. It also encompasses an impressive list of accommodations and amenities sure to exceed the expectations of the most discerning traveler.

Children of all ages can visit the Chattahoochee Rapids Beach and Waterpark, while the golfers play at the Legacy Golf Club.  Boats of all shapes and sizes can be rented at Harbor Landing and a wide variety of wonderful treatments are available at Tranquility Spa. 

The Islands also offer horseback riding at the Equestrian Center.

Tallulah Falls:

At the dawn of the 20th Century, Tallulah Falls was a bustling resort town that rivaled Niagara Falls and people came from all over to see the waterfalls and the awesome gorge.

Overlooking Tallulah Gorge, an ancient, awesome 1,000-foot chasm carved over millions of years by the Tallulah River is Tallulah Gorge State Park.  The park features an impressive Interpretive Center, gorge overlooks, hiking and biking trails and a suspension bridge.

Tallulah Falls is actually a series of six waterfalls cascading down through Tallulah Gorge. Tallulah Station offers local artworks as well as warm cups of specialty coffees and sweets including ice cream.

Numerous hiking trails are close by including the Shortline Trail, a 3-mile paved trail following the Old Tallulah Falls Railroad Bed.

Lake Tugalo and Lake Yonah both offer fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating.


The Chattahoochee River flows gently through Helen, a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with cobblestone streets. 

Once a lumber town, it now has more than 200 specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making and glass blowing to cuckoo clocks and quilts.

Dining options range from traditional German fare to traditional southern.  A favorite getaway is Unicoi State Park with lots of trails for hiking and biking, as well as swimming and boating on Unicoi Lake. 

Stop for a wine tasting at Habersham Winery or at Nora Mill Granary for some "Georgia ice cream" otherwise known as grits! 

Recreation options are abundant with mountain biking, fly fishing, golfing, horseback riding, hiking, tubing and paddling. 

Attractions include the Live Tarantulas Gallery, Charlemagne's Kingdom, Scarlet's Secret, the Black Forest Bear Park, the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway and area waterfalls, just to name a few.

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