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Amicacola Falls


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Anna Ruby Falls


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Duke Creek Falls


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Old Sautee Market Store


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Alpine Helen


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Mount Yonah


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Tubing the Chattahoochee


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Indian Mound


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Innsbruck Golf Course


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GA Parks & Forests Near "Smokerise Cabin"

Unicoi State Park and Lodge

Nestled in the north Georgia mountains just two miles from the Alpine village of Helen in White County, Unicoi is one of Georgia’s most beloved state parks. Throughout the year, the park offers outstanding programs which focus on natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. Groups can make advanced reservations for specialized programs. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and biking on scenic mountain trails, especially those leading to Helen and Anna Ruby Falls. Craft lovers should not miss the lodge gift shop specializing in hand-made quilts and local pottery. Numerous picnic tables are located throughout the park. 
Park: 706-878-2201
Park Hours: 7AM–10PM
Office Hours: 8AM–4:30PM
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From the cabin to the entrance to Unicoi State Park is about 7 miles.  


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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge

North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property in White County and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing. Four miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife. Trout fishing and van tours are offered only on certain days of the week, so visitors should call for a current schedule. The Lodge at Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways or corporate retreats. Five beautifully decorated cottages provide 14 bedrooms with private baths. Rates include accommodations, meals and activities. Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.
Park: 706-878-3087
Park Hours: 7AM–6PM. All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
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Our property backs up to Smithgall Woods. You can just see the ranger station at the bottom of the hill from our fence. It is a short 1/4 drive to the east entrance but the property is 5,600 beautiful acres. 

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Exhibits in the park's Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.

Website: http://www.gastateparks.org/info/tallulah/                                                             Park: 706-754-7970                                                                                                                   Park Hours: 8AM - Dark 

Tallulah Gorge is worth the 29 mile drive. You will be amazed something like the Gorge could be so close.
1: Start out going WEST on SMOKERISE DR toward GA-75  0.1 miles
2: SMOKERISE DR to GA-75. 0.3 miles
3: Turn LEFT onto GA-75. 0.8 miles
4: Turn RIGHT onto GA-384 / DUNCAN BRIDGE RD. 4.8 miles
5: Turn LEFT onto GA-255. 4.1 miles
6: Turn RIGHT onto GA-17 / UNICOI TURNPIKE. 3.9 miles
7: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto GA-115 / GA-17. 1.8 miles
8: Turn LEFT onto N WASHINGTON ST / GA-197. <0.1 miles
9: Turn RIGHT onto GA-197. <0.1 miles
10: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto GA-385. 5.2 miles
11: Turn RIGHT to stay on GA-385. 0.1 miles
12: Turn LEFT onto US-441 N / US-23 N / GA-15 N. 7.2 miles
13: Turn LEFT onto SCHOOL RD. 0.3 miles
14: End at Tallulah Falls, GA US
Total Est. Time: 40 minutes     Total Est. Distance: 29.19 miles

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