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cartecay_whitewaterGilmer County, GA is known for being the Apple Capital of Georgia. It’s one of those quiet counties that is nice to go and enjoy the peacefulness and outdoor recreation. There’s no hustle and bustle, the people are nice (we stop there all the time), and the cabins there are more bang for your buck.

3090480439_c084af3037Gilmer County still has mountain ranges much like Fanning, but I feel it’s not as expensive as the Blue Ridge area. You may get more house for your money. There are still 2 rivers in Ellijay for you to whitewater raft on, plenty of fishing available, and the laid back life.

Every mid-October they have a big apple festival which I highly recommend.

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black_rock_overlookWaaaaay up in the right hand corner of Georgia is Rabun County. The county seat is Clayton. It’s not an often talked about county unlike Fannin or Fulton but it is a jewel in the North Georgia mountains.

2080316386_ad2f152dd7_mIt was made famous by Foxfire (read about that here) and Tallulah Gorge, but there is much more going on there than meets the eye.

I traveled on Black Rock Mountain and kicked myself for not staying there, but we had a deadline to meet. It was a hard drive up there and entirely worth it. You couldn’t hear the hum of a car at all, and you heard every single sound a creature made. Our daughter said to be quiet. She hears a butterfly. That’s how peaceful it was there.

There’s Lake Burton and Lake Rabun, both equally fantastic places to fish, golf, hike, and just find some peace in the outdoors. There’s plenty of vacation rentals (not a lot of bed and breakfasts sadly) and I highly suggest you lodge that way than in a franchise hotel.

Their peak season is autumn. And no wonder. The leaves change colours, cooler temps, and a variety of fairs and festivals begin. There’s something to do literally every weekend. And of course there’s always something to do at the vineyards. 🙂

So next time you’re on the Southern Highroads, don’t just drive through Rabun. Stop and visit.

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