The northeast Georgia mountain region offers an outdoor retreat, with its foothills and mountains serving as the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and the birth-place of the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee National Forest provides a vast protected, scenic and recreational playground with nearby cabins and cottages for visitors. Alpine Helen, once a sleepy sawmill town with only one gas station, is a delightful town with red roofs, cobblestone streets and one of the nation’s best Oktoberfest celebrations. There is no shortage of activities and sights from tubing on the Chattahoochee River through downtown, hiking to twin waterfalls, and visiting an old general store museum to mountain biking and horseback riding. Must-sees in the area are Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, the Sautee Nacoochee Arts Center, Unicoi State Park and the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area. A visit to every one of the wineries in the northeast Georgia Mountains, Wolf Mountain, Persimmon Creek, Three Sisters, Frogtown Cellars, Crane Creek, Habersham and Tiger Mountain—is a different experience, from varying mountain views to meeting the people whose love for good wine turned their dreams of a winery into reality. Adventurers of all ages eventually find their way to the Chattooga River, a nationally designed “Wild & Scenic” river in the far northeastern corner of Georgia. Three outfitters provide guided raft trips on two sections of the river where paddlers can experience the wild ride of class II, III, IV and V rapids. Choose a half-day trip or go for the whole day, and picnic on the banks of the river or at the base of a waterfall.
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