ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


PERFORMING ARTS

  • North Georgia Community Players presents outstanding regional theater productions at the Dillard Playhouse.
  • The North Georgia Arts Guild showcases the best artists of the North Georgia region.
  • Rearden Theater state-of-the-art theater at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School hosts a myriad of performances and fine arts exhibitions throughout the year. www.rabungap.org 


MUSIC

  • Rabun County Music Festival presents professional classical and popular music in Rabun County. The season runs June through September, with performances at the Rearden Theater at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.


CINEMA

  • Tiger Drive-In a nostalgic drive-in movie theater shows first-run movies Thursday through Sunday. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. with the first movie beginning at dusk. "Hot Rod Night" is the first Saturday of every month. www.tigerdrivein.com


FESTIVALS

  • Celebrate Clayton - Rabun County's Music & Art Fest, two days beginning on the last Saturday of April.
  • Clayton Crawl taste fabulous food from some of the area's premier restaurants, splendid wines and craft beers. July.
  • Dillard Bluegrass & BBQ Festival KCBS Georgia State Championship BBQ the first weekend in August.
  • Foxfire Mountaineer Festival a celebration of the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian mountains, the first Saturady in October. www.foxfiremountaineer.org
  • Georgia Mountain Jubilee art & craft, food & business vendors, music & entertainment. Held in October.


ATTRACTIONS


WATERFALLS - Rabun Countyhas over two dozen waterfalls with public access. Favorites:

  • Becky Branch Falls - From Clayton drive east on Warwoman Road until you reach the Warwoman Dell Recreational Area, on the right, where the trail begins. The 1/4 mile hike is steep.
  • Bull Sluice - Waterfall or Rapid? From Clayton take Hwy 76 East to the SC line. park on the SC side of the bridge & follow a paved path to parking lot. Sharp turn left & continue straight. Bull Sluice is 1/4 mile ahead.
  • Hemlock Falls a wonderful 15' waterfall on a trail across from Moccasin Creek State Park. Trail is just over one mile & is relatively flat. From Clayton take 76 West to GA 197 South. Continue to Moccassin Creek State park. Park on left. Turn right & follow signs.
  • Hurricane Falls located at Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is the largest of 6 waterfalls at the Park. Hurricane Falls is a dramatic 96' drop to the floor of the Gorge.
  • Minnehaha Falls Located south of Lake Rabun. South on Old 441 to lake Rabun Road. Turn right & head around the lake. Turn left one mile past the Rabun Beach Recreational Area, crossing Seed Lake Dam. Follow Bear Gap Road around the lake for 1.5 miles. Hike Fall Branch trail 1/2 mile to the 100 foot falls.
  • Mud Creek Falls Located in Sky Valley. Bring a picnic & hike the trail next to the stream at the base of the falls. End of Tahoe Road.
  • Panther Falls & Angel Falls are worth the hike. The trailhead is in the Rabun Beach Recreation area.


North Carolina Waterfalls - 

  • Glen Falls located 3 miles South of Highlands on Hwy 106 (Dillard Road)
  • Kalakaleskies located on Hwy 64/28 West (Franklin Road), 2.5 miles northwest of Highlands on the Cullasaja River. There are 18 small falls within a quarter mile paralleling the road.
  • Bridal Veil Falls This picturesque 100 ft falls cascades over Hwy 64/28 (Frankin Road) just 3 miles from Highlands, NC.
  • Dry Falls On 64/28 4 miles from Highlands. A path goes behind the 80' waterfall.
  • Whitewater Falls - approximately 20 miles from Highlands these 411' falls are the highest in the Eastern United States. The falls can be reached by driving to Cashiers & taking Hwy 107 toward South Carolina.


RIVERS - There are four river systems in Rabun County. We love the Tallulah, Coleman and Little Tennessee, but the most famous is:

  • The Chattooga River One of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast, it was designated by Congress in 1974 as a Wild and Scenic River for its outstanding scenery, recreation and wildlife, as well as its geologic and cultural values. Renowned for intense whitewater, it calls thousands of white water rafters annually. Outfitters who guide on The Chattooga are: Nantahala Outdoor Center www.noc.com and Southeastern Expeditions and Wildwater Limited www.wildwaterrafting.com 


VINEYARDS AND WINERIES 

  • 12 Spies Vineyard and Winery Planted in 2008. Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Traminette and Malbec wines are avaialble for tasting www.12spiesvineyards.com 
  • Stonewall Creek Vineyards and Winery Rabun County's newest vineyard and winery www.stonewallcreek.com
  • Tiger Mountain Vineyards cultivate seven varieties of red grapes and two white grapes.


LAKES - A series of five scenic mountain lakes owned by Georgia Power offer swimming, fishing and boating. Nearby areas provide attractive venues for picnicking, biking, camping and hiking.

  • Lake Burton First in the five lake series of the Tallulah River Watershed is a 2,775 acre lake with sixty two miles of shoreline. The public beach is on N. Charlie Mountain Road.
  • Lake Rabun A meandering 835-acre quaint mountain lake with twenty-five miles of shoreline. Lake Rabun Beach is on Lake Rabun Road adjacent to the USFS Lake Rabun Campground.
  • Lake Seed A 240-acre lake with thirteen miles of shoreline. The public beach is on Crow Creek Road.
  • Lake Tugalo is a remote 597-acre lake with eighteen miles of shoreline in Georgia's Rabun and Habersham Counties and also in Oconee County, SC.
  • Tallulah Lake The smallest of Georgia Power's reservoirs, covering only sixty-three acres with 3.6 miles of shoreline. It is part of the Tallulah Gorge State Park. The public beach is off of Hwy 441 S.


MOUNTAINS

  • Black Rock Mountain home of Georgia's highest State Park. It offers views of the mountains in four states.
  • The Eastern Continental Divide provides Rabun County with the second and third highest peaks in Georgia. Rabun Bald at 4,696 and Dick's Knob at 4,600 feet.
  • Rabun Bald The highest summit in Rabun County and the second highest in Georgia. The two mile hike to the observation tower at the peak brings you the reward of awesome views of Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.


RECREATION


STATE PARKS & FOREST LANDS - Rabun County embraces nearly 155,000 acres of National Forest Land. 


FISHING

  • Trout Fishing Rabun County is home to some of the finest trout streams in Georgia. The famous Chattooga River and many other rivers & streams hold native and/or stocked trout.
  • Lake Fishing Several georgia Power lakes, including Lake Burton, lake Rabun, and Lake Seed, have public fishing access.


Please remember your permits and licenses for hunting and fishing. Contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources: www.gadnr.org 

NOTE: No license is required to fish in the lakes of Sky Valley.


GOLF 

  • Sky Valley Country Club Elevations ranging between 3100-4200 ft.This 6900 yard, par 72 course is highlighted by nature's contribution to each season. www.skyvalleygolfclub.com
  • Kingwood Country Club Fazio designed 18-hole course with immaculate &professionally designed greens and fairways. www.kingwoodresort.com


HIKING  We have hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Two of our most famous are:

  • Appalachian Trail The AT is a footpath over 2,100 miles long & was designated as a National Scenic Trial in 1968. It follows the crest of the Appalachians from Georgia to Maine. Map: www.georgia-atclub.org/map.html
  • Bartram Trail A National recreation Trail created over 200 years ago by botanist William Bartram. Map: www.fs.fed.us/con/rec/bartram_trail.pdf


HORSEBACK RIDING

  • Dillard House Stables Located at the Dillard House. From beginner to advanced riders; Scenic rides to river rides; Groups welcome; Stables open daily & year round. www.dillardhousestables.com


WHITEWATER RAFTING, CANOEING & KAYAKING

The Wild & Scenic Chattooga River delivers challenging whitewater rapids in a pristine, remote wilderness setting. Operating March - October.


ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS


CULTURE & HERITAGE


MUSEUMS

  • Foxfire Museum The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center portrays early life in southern Appalachia. Visitors get a glimpse of what life was like for the stout settlers who braved the weather, terrain, and isolation to tame this beautiful piece of America over 150 years ago. Tour a collection of over 20 historic log cabins. The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center is located on Black rock Mountain. www.foxfire.org
  • Rabun County Historical Society & Museum Chartered in 1976, the Society is an active reminder of the county's rich heritage and historical roots. Located in Clayton.
  • Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum Located on Hwy 441 North across from the campus of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, the museum exhibits TF railroad artifacts, photographs, full size two-foot gauge locomotive, passenger car, caboose & tracks.


HISTORIC PLACES

  • Barker's Creek Grist Mill Part of the Hambidge Center the mill has been providing the local community with milling services since the mid-1800's.
  • Dillard The City of Dillard was incorporated in 1906. Revolutionary War veteran John Dillard and his family purchased the land from the Cherokee Indians in 1794. Many of the local businesses were started by the Dillard family. The Dillard House Inn & Restaurant is one of the South's most well known restaurants. Dillard has become well known for its growing number of antique, craft & specialty shops. www.dillardgeorgia.com
  • Historic Downtown Clayton Serving as the County seat and Rabun County's oldest city, Clayton is a classical beautiful mountain enclave. It is an old railroad town with a main street lines with unique shops, art galleries, dining and lodging. www.downtownclaytonga.org
  • Hambidge Center Founded in 1934 by Mary Hambidge. She created a Center for Arts and Sciences - a retreat, a farm cooperative & an environment where local women could utilize their talents at spinning and weaving. The "Weavers of Rabun" were formed. Today it is known as one of the three oldest artist residency programs in America.
  • Historic Lakemont Village This quaint mountain village is full of history. Founded by Augustus Andreae who also founded the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant (www.lakerabunhotel.com). Augustus sold land so that Lake Rabun could be created.
  • Lillian E. Smith Center Lillian smith devoted her life to social and economic reform. She is now considered the foremost white southern liberal writer of the mid-twentieth century. The center preserves the home, office & library of Lillian Eugenia Smith (1897-1966) and is managed by Piedmont College.
  • Sky Valley The resort, which originated in 1969, consists of nearly 2,500 acres encompassing a spectacular valley bounded by the Georgia/North Carolina state line & by mountain ridges which reach 4,200 feet. Sky Valley consists of privately owned homes/condos and a timeshare facility. At one time, Sky Valley was home to Georgia's only ski facility. www.skyvalleyga.com
  • Tallulah Falls Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, the falls at Tallulah were a premier tourist destination. The city is home to one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States. www.tallulahfallsgeorgia.org
  • Tiger Located three miles south of Clayton & is home to Tiger Mountain Vineyards, which has gained national attention for its award-winning wines. Tiger is an agricultural and pastoral community offering a variety of outdoor recreation choices. Visit Tiger Drive-In (www.tigerdrivein.com) showing first run movies during the season. And another must visit is Goats on the Roof (www.Goats-on-the-Roof.com)


Information provided by 2015 Activity Guide   www.ExploreRabun.com




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