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Old 01-05-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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What is a good place in the mountains to visit for a day that's within 2-2.5 hours from North Atlanta? Northern Georgia or the tip of North Carolina would be nice.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:11 AM
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Helen.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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North GA is pretty compact once you get up there...you can cover a lot of ground in a day. Areas/towns I would recommend visiting:

Helen (agree with JPD)
Dahlonega (there are a couple of wineries to visit near there as well)
Vogel State Park
Brasstown Bald/Richard Russell Scenic Highway
Hiawassee/drive the road around Lake Chatuge
Clarkesville
Highlands/Cashiers/Lake Sapphire
Young Harris

Best down-home eating? Either Smith House in Dahlonega or Dillard House in Dillard.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Tallulah Falls Georgia

Franklin, NC; Mountain Treasures. Simple Pleasures

Discover Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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There's two trips we always like to take (generally in the fall for the colors)-

Amicolola Falls and do a picnic. Or go to the lodge at the top and have lunch (it's halfway decent). And then on over to Dahlonega, shop and then dinner at The Smith House.

the other and more adventurous-

Start in Helen mid-morning, go north on 17/75 to 180. Turn left and continue to Vogel State Park. They have food (but it ain't the best by any stretch). Your better with a homemade picnic. If it's crazy ridiculous busy continue on 180 to Lake Winfield Scott. It's beautiful there and usually a lot more quiet.
After the picnic, continue on 180 to Suches- not a lot there but it's a cultural experience.
From Suches, that Hwy 60 into Dahlonega- The scenery can be spectacular, but keep your eyes on the road!!!
Shop the town- dinner @ The Smith House.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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I love all mountains, which you can probably tell from my screen name. All of the posters' suggestions are great. Here a few more possibilities. Brasstown Bald, which is the highest point in Georgia, has wonderful scenery. Take 575/515 to Blairsville and the route is well marked from there. For a beautiful drive that loops through three states, take 575/515 to Blue Ridge, Spur 60 to North Carolina and 64 through Tennessee. This will take you right by the Ocoee River and the site of the 96 Olympic Whitewater Venue (not sure what's left of this). It is curvy but is an absolutely gorgeous drive. You will dead end into 411. Take 411 South to Chatsworth and 52 over Fort Mountain. If you time it right, you can eat at Cohutta Lodge on top of the mountain or have a picnic in Fort Mountain (depending on the weather!). Continue on 52 to Ellijay and you can pick up 575/515 again. Over in northwest Georgia you can hang glide or just watch them on top of Lookout Mountain. Take 75 to 136 north of Calhoun. Continue on 136 in Lafayette to the top of the mountain. You will intersect with 157, the road that runs on the brow of Lookout. From here you can visit Cloudland Canyon State Park, continue north on 157 and watch the hangliders (or participate) and go down the mountain into south Chattanooga. This will place you in the Saint Elmo neighborhood near the Incline. Turn right (you are going back to Georgia). The road name changes to 193 when you cross the state line. Drive about 3 miles and look for Highway 2A. This is a four lane that will take you back to I-75 through Fort Oglethorpe. Have fun!

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Old 01-06-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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What is a good place in the mountains to visit for a day that's within 2-2.5 hours from North Atlanta? Northern Georgia or the tip of North Carolina would be nice.
We just did a little driving trip to Dahlonega and then Helen with our in-laws. US Hwy 19 is a very pretty drive north of Dahlonega, I think...
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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Cherokee, NC / Gatlinsburg, TN area and going up to Clingman's Dome in the Smoky Mountains. Nothing beats it in my opinion.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Go hike Raven Cliffs Falls, it's 2.5m in 2.5m out. It's one of the nicest and easiest hikes in GA IMO. It's always my first hike of the season. You can hang out in Helen when you're done.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:45 PM
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Go hike Raven Cliffs Falls, it's 2.5m in 2.5m out. It's one of the nicest and easiest hikes in GA IMO. It's always my first hike of the season. You can hang out in Helen when you're done.
Yeah, this is a good one. I just did it a couple months ago. You'll pass several smaller falls before getting to the cliffs.

Duke's Creek Falls is right there, too, a mile or two up the road. It's an easy hike, and the falls are not to be missed. Both Raven's Cliff and Dukes Creek are FAR better experiences (IMO) than the more welll known (and 1000 times more crowded) Anna Ruby Falls.
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