Enjoy unique accommodations ranging from a charming mountain or lake cabin, romantic B & B’s or fine lodging at the upscale Brasstown Valley Resort, have exquisite dining experiences at our numerous fine restaurants offering the finest in regional cuisine plus enjoy other resort facilities. At the top of Georgia’s Wine Highway near Young Harris is our own Crane Creek Vineyards. Relax on the vineyard decks while listening to live music (check for the schedule) and take the opportunity to sample locally grown and produced wines.
Young Harris, the hometown of former Georgia Governor Zell Miller, holds the Young Harris College. Founded in 1886, Young Harris College is a private United Methodist-affiliated residential liberal arts school. Offering a nurturing atmosphere with a 15:1 student teacher ratio, the academics program is rigorous. The campus offers a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, six tennis courts, large athletic fields, includes all the advanced up-to-date technology plus the 3rd largest Planetarium (check for dates open to the public) in the state. Visitors can also enjoy on campus theatrical productions and concerts at Theatre Young Harris, and the famous John C. Campbell Folk School nearby in Brasstown, NC.
Originally named Young Harris College in honor of Judge Young Loftin Gerdine Harris of Athens.it was soon shortened to Young Harris, although Young Harris College, now a four year college is still nestled in the heart of town. Located on the campus is Rollins Planetarium, which offers free Friday night star shows. The observatory for the planetarium sits on a hill overlooking Brasstown Valley Resort, one of the State of Georgia's premier mountain resorts. The resort boasts an equestrian center, a spa, a pub, a restaurant, hiking trails, golfing and conference facilities.. Crane Creek Vineyards is currently the only winery located in immediate area, but offers a delightful wine tasting experience along with breathtaking views of the adjacent mountains and valleys.
If you love interesting and unusual animals, plan to visit Destiny Alpacas where they raise, breed, and shear alpacas. Visitors can interact with the alpacas as well as purchase alpaca products. Young Harris is located along the Southern Highroads Trail.
The site of Murphy, along the Hiwassee River, was known to the Cherokee as Tlanusi-yi (the Leech Place), because of a legend about a giant leech named Tlanusi that lived in the river there.
The Trading Path (later called the "Unicoi Turnpike") passed by the future site of Murphy, connecting the Cherokee lands east of the mountains with the "Overhill Towns" of Tennessee.
In 1836, during the Cherokee removal known as the Trail of Tears, the United States army built Fort Butler in what is today known as Murphy. Fort Butler acted as the main collection point for Cherokee east of the mountains. From Fort Butler the Cherokee were taken over the mountains on the Unicoi Turnpike to the main internment camps at Fort Cass (today Charleston, Tennessee). Today the Unicoi Turnpike is known as Joe Brown Highway. The Cherokee County Historical Museum located in Murphy provides information about the Trail of Tears.
Murphy was once the terminus of the Murphy Branch rail line built in the late 1800s, although the branch no longer reaches Murphy.
Murphy was also the home of the once well-known crafts manufacturer Margaret Studios, which operated a nationwide chain of gift stores for its woodcraft products and housewares, such as lazy susans and gift trays.
Lake Chatuge Real Estate Hiawassee Georgia is the place to live and be a part of the north Georgia Mountains. If you are looking for a beautiful cabin in the mountains or property on Lake Chatuge, then Mountain Realty is the perfect choice for you.
The Southern Highroads Trail passes alongside Lake Chatuge here. Waterfalls dot the landscape and provide great hiking jaunts. The Hiwassee River is called 'the hidden jewel of trout fishing.' The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts the Georgia Mountain Fair each summer and concerts year-round. Local art can be found at the Artworks Artisan Center.
Hiawassee is an Appalachian Trail community. The Southern Highroads Trail passes through Hiawassee and alongside Lake Chatuge, a TVA reservoir popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing, and other water sports. There are several entrances to the Appalachian Trail at various locations in the area.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts the Georgia Mountain Fair each summer. The Anderson Music Hall at the fairgrounds hosts some great shows with top name stars each year. The Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden bursts into bloom early April to late May and can almost take your breath away at the sight of more than 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons. Local artists, inspired by their beautiful surroundings, create works of art on display at the Artworks Artisan Center as well as for sale.
Hiawassee River is known as "the hidden jewel of trout fishing." Waterfalls dot the landscape and provide great hiking jaunts.