Discover Georgia's NE Georgia Mountains Scenic Byway Driving Tour - This driving tour includes the following northeast Georgia mountains towns: Cleveland, Helen, Batesville, Sautee, Clarkesville, Clayton, Mountain City, Sky Valley, Lakemont, Tallulah Falls and Cornelia. Enjoy your ride!
Northeast Georgia Mountains Scenic Driving Tour
Below the tour info, is a map of the driving tour. The numbers in the red circles correspond with the list of attractions. Click here or on the above for printable scenic tour map.
Historic White County Courthouse - Built in 1859 and features a folk life exhibit, revolving displays, research library and gift shop. Open to the public. On the square in Cleveland, GA.
Mt. Yonah - White County 's tallest mountain at 3,156 feet. Named for bear killer, Chief "Gadalulu", Yonah is a Cherokee word meaning bear. GA Hwy. 75 N in Cleveland, GA.
Sautee-Nacoochee Indian Mound - Resting place of two tragic young lovers from warring Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes. Built by mound builders in 10,000 B.C. Intersection of GA Hwys. 17 & 75 S in Helen, GA.
Unicoi State Park - Campground, hiking trails, 3-acres lake with beach, world class mountain bike trail, fishing and year round special programs. GA 356 in Helen, GA . 706-878-2201
Anna Ruby Falls - Spectacular set of twin waterfalls. Gift shop, restrooms, deck overlooks school of trout and .4 mile paved path to observation deck. Off GA Hwy. 356 N (Helen).
Alpine Helen-White County - A Bavarian-style village on the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. Quaint gingerbread and mural trimmed shops on cobblestone alleyways. Activities include an amusement park, museums, trolley car & carriage rides, golfing, tubing, horseback riding and mountain biking , and hiking. Annual fall Oktoberfest. Antique, Indian, Art, & Crafts Shops, as well as, a Factory Outlet Mall. Welcome Center at 726 Brucken Strasse in Helen, GA. 706-878-2181
Nacoochee Village - A collection of turn-of-the-century buildings housing Nora Mill (historic water powered grist mill), an Outfitters shop, Nacoochee Antique Mall (antiques, collectibles and café) and Habersham Winery (self-guided wine tours and wine tastings). 706-878-9463
Stovall Covered Bridge - Georgia 's smallest covered bridge, circa 1895. Kingpost design, one span wide, 33 feet-long. Featured in movie, "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain ". Picnic area. GA Hwy. 17 E (Sautee). 706-878-2181
Born Again Treasures Antique Warehouse and Art Gallery -
Your senses will take delight when you walk through this huge warehouse filled with charming antiques. 7 miles south of Helen on State Hwy. 17 (Clarkesville). 706-839-1580
Historic Clarkesville - Refurbished downtown square filled with antiques, craft, art galleries and restaurants. Turn of the century architecture throughout town. Walking and driving tour brochures available at Hospitality Center on square in Clarkesville, GA.
Lake Burton - 1867 feet above sea level. 2,775-acre Georgia Power lake with 62 miles of shoreline. Boating, camping, picnicking, public beach, marina and fishing. 706-782-4014
Lake Burton Trout Hatchery - Raceways filled with trout. Visitors welcome. Call in advance to book group tours and programs. Kids fishing pond for children 11 and under. GA Hwy 197 N in Batesville, GA. 706-947-3112
Moccasin Creek State Park - Known as the park "where spring spends the summer". Located on beautiful Lake Burton . Easy access to area boating, trout stream and lake fishing, the Chattahoochee National Forest and nearby towns. Information 706-947-3194
Tallulah River Recreation Area -
Scenic drive and great trout fishing. On Persimmon Road off U.S. Hwy. 76 W in Clayton, GA
Timpson Cove Beach - White sand beach, picnic area and restrooms. Charlie Mountain Road off U.S. Hwy 76 W in Clayton, GA
Black Rock Mountain State Park - Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide at an elevation of 3640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is Georgia 's highest state park. Numerous scenic overlooks provide visitors with outstanding vistas of mountain ranges in four states. The 1803-acre park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, rental cottages, playground and a 17-acre fishing lake. Black Rock Road in Mountain City, GA. Information 706-746-2141
Foxfire Museum - Self-guided tour of museum containing handmade household items and tools common to life in the Southern Appalachians generations ago. Books, gifts, folk art sales. U.S. Hwy. 441 in Mountain City, GA.
The Hambidge Center - Folk art gallery. M-Sa 10-4. Artist colony providing 2-8 week residences with private cottages and studios. Grist mill and hiking trails on property. Betty's Creek Road in Dillard, GA.
Rabun County - Anchored by the Blue Ridge Mountains and wrapped in Southern Appalachian Heritage. Outdoor adventure abounds, with three state parks, three mountain lakes and rafting on the "wild & scenic" Chattooga River. From folk art galleries, museums, and flea markets to golf, tennis, and horseback riding, all are waiting to be explored. For information call 706-782-4812. U.S. Hwy. 441 N in Clayton, GA.
Bartram Trail - First blazed by Quaker naturalist William Bartram over 200 years ago. Approximately 40 miles marked with yellow and black signs. Trail maps at Rabun County Welcome Center.
Chattooga River - Nationally designated as a "wild & scenic" river due to the absence of houses, power lines and development. The river borders the Georgia and South Carolina state lines. A short walk will enable you to see Bull Sluice Falls , a class IV rapid. U.S. Hwy. 76 E in Clayton, GA. 706-782-3320
Lake Rabun Beach - On 835-acre Lake Rabun; spectacular mountain scenery. Electrical and water hookup sites available. Picnicking, swimming, fishing and near-by camping. Lake Rabun Road. 706-782-3320
Tallulah Gorge State Park - This 3,000-acre state park is one of Georgia 's seven natural wonders. Tallulah Gorge, almost 1,100 feet deep has five cascading waterfalls. The Interpretive Center with exhibits, displays and an award-winning feature film. Campground, swimming beach, lighted tennis courts, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, & picnicking. U.S. Hwy. 441 N in Tallulah Falls, GA. Information 706-754-7970
Tallulah Point Overlook - A mountain tradition since the 1920's, offering the best and only free roadside view of Tallulah Gorge.
Panther Creek Recreation Area - Hike a 3.5-mile trail by Panther Creek to largest waterfall in Habersham County . Picnic tables and restrooms. Located at
Old U.S. 441 S in Tallulah Falls, GA.
Habersham County - In the early 1900's, wealthy coastal merchants made Habersham their retreat from the heat and humidity of the coast. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the Soque River, and the Chattahoochee National Forest provide the inspiration for the beautiful artwork and crafts found in shops & galleries throughout the county, as well as, recreational opportunities from hiking & canoeing to horseback riding & mountain biking. A self-guided driving tour of the county shows off some of the many historical buildings that give Habersham its old world charm and ambiance. 668-A Clarkesville Street in Cornelia, GA.
Big Red Apple - World's largest apple monument (5,200 pounds) dedicated to the apple growing industry that once thrived in this area. Big Red Apple Festival is in October. Located in Cornelia, GA.
Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area - Activities include public hunting, fishing, hiking, primitive camping and 18 miles of hiking and horseback trails. (Cornelia). 770-535-5700. Off U.S. Hwy. 123 N on Lake Russell Road #59.