3 Amazing Places in the North Georgia Mountains Not To Miss!

Although we’ve traveled extensively across the USA, we haven’t spent much time in the state of Georgia (besides visiting Savannah multiple times), but from what we experienced recently in the North Georgia Mountains, we’ll be back for more!

people standing next to a waterfall
Amicalola Falls State Park

Even though we grew up by the beach, we love escaping to the mountains and being amongst the forest, and some of our favorite activities are hiking, river tubing, horseback riding, sitting around a fire pit, and anything lake related.

We spent three nights at each of the Georgia destinations listed below, and all three of them are within a two-hour drive of each other so if you are visiting from North Carolina like us, you can easily combine them and make this a one-week trip!

a girl kayaking on a body of water
Kayaking on Unicoi Lake

However, if you are coming from nearby Atlanta or Asheville, you can easily make individual trips to each property.

Two of the properties are in amazing Georgia State Parks. One property (Brasstown) is not located within a state park, but is on state-owned land. All are managed by Coral Hospitality. And what we loved is that all three have excellent accommodation options from lodges to cabins to campgrounds!

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Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

family in a hot tub

If you’re looking for North Georgia mountain resorts that offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, we loved our three-day stay at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

Whilst you may think a resort centered around a golf course and a spa is the place for romantic getaways or golfing trips, our kids were kept well entertained with all the activities on offer within the resort and close by.

people riding horses

This 503-acre property has something for every member of your family, whether you’re looking for relaxation, outdoor adventure, or fine dining – all interests are covered.

Suggested activities:

  • Spa treatments
  • Golf lesson and a round of golf
  • Relax in the indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • Horseback riding at the Stables at Brasstown Valley
  • Boating on Lake Chatuge
  • Hike a section of the 9.2 miles of wilderness trails
  • Wine tasting at Crane Creek Vineyards
  • Brasstown Bald, the tallest mountain in Georgia

Drive time to Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

  • Raleigh: 6.5 hours (355 miles)
  • Atlanta: 2 hrs, 30 mins (105 miles)
  • Charlotte: 4 hrs, 20 mins (226 miles)
  • Asheville: 2 hrs, 10 mins (111 miles)

Read our full review of Brasstown Valley Resort.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

a girl standing next to a body of water with kayaks

Unicoi State Park and Lodge, one of the most popular state parks in Georgia, is located two miles from the Alpine village of Helen, one of the most visited towns in North Georgia. 

Known as one of Georgia’s Adventure Lodges, this park has plenty of adventurous activities for those that like to play in the great outdoors, with a nice balance of relaxation as well.

a cabin in a wooded area

This 1,050-acre state park is centered around beautiful Lake Unicoi within the Chattahoochee National Forest.  And the cool thing we loved was staying in a barrel shaped cabin, with lake views from our deck. So if you’re looking for cool North Georgia mountain cabin rentals, your kids will love these!

Suggested activities:

  • See the spectacular Anna Ruby Falls
  • Go zip lining across the lake (75 to 2,000 feet long)
  • Kayak or paddle board on Lake Unicoi
  • Go fly fishing
  • Do the 2.5 mile loop walk around Lake Unicoi
  • Archery & Air Gun Range
  • Stay in a barrel shaped cabin (there’s also the lodge and a campground)

Drive time to Unicoi State Park & Lodge

  • Raleigh: 5 hrs, 45 mins (362 miles)
  • Atlanta: 1 hr, 40 mins (89 miles)
  • Charlotte: 3 hrs, 45 mins (201 miles)
  • Asheville: 2 hrs, 20 mins (119 miles)

Read our full review of Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Amicalola Falls State Park

A view of a lush green hillside

Located just over an hour north of Atlanta and within Chattahoochee National Forest (and between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville), Amicalola Falls State Park has plenty to offer the whole family.

Our cabin in the forest came with a fireplace, huge deck, and a fire pit, and in over three days at this state park we enjoyed adventurous activities by the day, then relaxing by the fire at night.

Amicalola Falls is known as an adventure park, highlighted by the 2,400-ft long zip line, the hike to the top of the highest waterfall in Georgia, and the fact that the 8-mile approach trail that leads to the base of Springer Mountain – the official beginning of the Appalachian Trail – starts here!

people sitting next to a fire holding glasses of wine

Besides all the fun you can have within the park, nearby are a few farms and wineries in the surrounding Dawson County region of the North Georgia Mountains.

Suggested activities

  • Hike from the bottom to the top of Amicalola Falls
  • Take on the 2,400-ft long zip line
  • 3D archery course
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Met and greet wildlife demonstrations
  • Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  • Watch sunset from Amicalola Falls Lodge
  • Stay in a cabin (there’s also the lodge and campground)

Drive time to Amicalola Falls State Park:

  • Raleigh: 6 hrs, 30 mins (404 miles)
  • Atlanta: 1 hr, 20 mins (74 miles)
  • Charlotte: 4 hrs, 30 mins (242 miles)
  • Asheville: 3 hrs, 10 mins (171 miles)

Read our full review of Amicalola Falls State Park

There you have it. Three awesome places to put on your Northern Georgia travel list, with each destination offering plenty of fun things to do in the North Georgia mountains.

Be sure to read our full-guides to each destination. And let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions, or tips of your own for the North GA mountains?

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