The Appalachian Mountain Range extends from the island of Newfoundland at the northeast end of the mountain range through most of America’s Northeast states and North Georgia to central Alabama at the southwestern end. The Appalachians are subdivided into a series of mountain ranges and the south end of the Blue Ridge Mountains is in North Georgia. The highest point in the Appalachians and also the highest elevation east of the Mississippi River is Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 ft. Throughout North Georgia, many Blue Ridge Mountains exceed 4,000 ft. in height and Brasstown Bald has the highest elevation in Georgia at 4,784 ft.
Extending from the cities of Dillard and Clayton through Hiawassee, Blairsville and Young Harris all the way to Ellijay, the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains contain much of North Georgia’s prime vacation land. The rugged geology in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountain region is characterized by heavily forested mountains interspersed with verdant valleys containing rivers, lakes, waterfalls and streams. The abundance of natural resources and wildlife offers a corresponding abundance of recreational opportunities that have been well developed in North Georgia by the various city and county governments.
Because the Appalachian Mountain region in North Georgia contains prime vacation land, resorts offering both recreational activities and relaxing spa treatments have become very popular. Resorts in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains feature championship golf courses designed by famous golf professionals, gourmet restaurants serving creative cuisines prepared by well known chefs and luxurious lodging accommodations. Affordable and enjoyable vacation experiences can also be found throughout the region at campgrounds, mountain lodges, or via rentals of private cabins and cottages.
Real estate in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains
Homes and properties are highly valued in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountain vacation areas because the cost of living is relatively low and the quality of living is relatively high. Charming yet modern log cabin style homes, ranch style homes and custom built mansions with breathtaking mountain views are available throughout North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains and some of the most prized properties are in the area surrounding Lake Chatuge in the Enchanted Valley. Multi-million dollar estate homes, upscale condominium and townhouse developments, and residential communities with commercial centers have been tastefully integrated into the beautiful environment in the Enchanted Valley so as to preserve the region’s natural resources.
Modern homes without spectacular mountain views deep within beautiful Appalachian Mountain forests are often priced between $160,000 and $200,000. These properties are typically 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom homes on ½ acre to 1 acre of land. Residents of North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains are fortunate to be able to enjoy natural scenery with beautiful foliage all year round, hiking trails leading to waterfalls and streams filled with trout.
Lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment
Blairsville is famous for its many romantic bed and breakfast inns, rustic private cabins and cottages that can be rented by the week or by the month. Vacation resorts in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains such as the 503-acre Brasstown Valley Resort and the Ridges Resort & Club have championship golf courses designed by famous golf professionals, gourmet restaurants, heated swimming pools, full service spas and tennis courts. These resorts also provide recreational sports activities for guests such as waterskiing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
The entire Appalachian region is an antique shopper’s dream because the mountainous area is so beautiful to drive through and there are many intriguing stores to visit. In the North Georgia Appalachian Mountains, serious antique shoppers can spend several days browsing through an increasing number of unique specialty shops and antique malls. Art stores throughout the area display the work of many well known painters, potters and sculptors along with a colorful array of Appalachian folk art.
Gourmet dining is available in the Appalachian Mountains at the Brasstown Valley Resort’s Dining Room featuring New Mountain cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients by Chef Sid Kurrimbukus. Three different fine dining experiences are offered at The Ridges Resort & Club. The Sequoyah room serves exquisite entrees complemented by an exceptional wine list and dessert menu, the Old Hiawassee Grille features local and traditional Georgia cuisine, and the Cherokee Grill has bountiful sandwiches, mouthwatering appetizers and fresh salads.
Lake Chatuge and the Blue Ridge Mountains are famous for year round trout fishing in numerous streams and rivers. Other recreational activities in North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountain region include swimming, boating, hiking and backpacking. Many different hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains lead to the famous Appalachian Trail, and a portion of the Coosawattee River near Carters Lake is renowned for being the best location in Georgia for whitewater rafting.