Seek to live a little
Located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Toccoa supposedly means “beautiful” in the Cherokee language. Located north of downtown Toccoa on Alt. GA 17. Turn into the college and follow the signs back to the falls and the Gate Cottage Gift Shop. Access to the falls is through the gift shop. A small fee is charged to view falls.
White Water Rafting
We are located right near the heartland of the white water territory of the Southeast! With the abundance of rivers that come through the North Georgia, Tennessee and Carolina areas, there are an abundance of options for white water rafting!
Six Flags Over Georgia
Are you looking for thrills that will take your breath away? Many groups decide to stop by Six Flags on their way home from the conference center.
Toccoa Depot and Museum
Probably the most famous event occurring at the depot was a brief speech given by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936 from his special train while on his way to relax at Warm Springs. The Historical Society Museum that is divided into two parts by the center display. Normally guests view one-half on the way to the Currahee Military Museum and the other side on the way back.
The first section is the story of Toccoa, including its industrial roots, and that of Stephens County. Largest of the industrial companies to call the city home was Coats and Clark. The museum displays a number of artifacts from the original factory near downtown, including an old fashioned switchboard, or manual exchange, common in companies before 1960. Olympic strongman and power lifter Paul Anderson is also featured in the museum, as is music icon James Brown, both Georgia natives. See below for directions to Toccoa.
Maybe you are the outdoors-type? If so, Toccoa is your dream destination as we have a variety hiking trails. Check out some of our famous trails:
Colonel Robert F. Sink Trail – Begin at the Colonel Robert F. Sink trail marker Tom Hanks contributed in November 2000 at the HBO Band of Brothers event. The event was attended by many former “Five-O-Sink” men along with Colonel Sink’s two daughters. The course is an “out & back” approximately 5 miles in length.
Frady Branch Trail System – This trail system is made up of loops that include forest service roads as well as single track and double track trails. Signage is excellent and placed at trail intersections and road crossings. The journey begins on the gravel road that exits down hill from the parking area. The trails wind through strands of hardwood and pine and cross multiple streams as they traverse moderately steep ridges. Keep in mind that while using some of the trails in colder months that you may be required to get your feet wet.
Broad River Trail – It is 4.1 miles in length and is situated in the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area, just west of Toccoa. The trail starts by paralleling Dicks Creek for 1 mile until it spills into the middle fork of the Broad River. Dicks Creek is a rushing mountain stream with numerous cascades and falls along the trail until the stream junction with the Broad River. One of the more significant features is a set of falls and a water slue at the .6 mile mark. Once the trail reaches the Broad River, at 1mile, it turns down stream and passes by Flat Rock Shoals. At roughly 1.4 miles the trail gently climbs away from the rivers edge and up onto ridges covered with diverse flora and fauna. The path often crosses small springs and branches forded by foot logs and bridges. The trail ends back on F.S.87 on Farmers Bottoms along the middle fork of the Broad River.
Panther Creek Trail – The trail is under the jurisdiction of the Chattooga Ranger District in Habersham County and is part of the National Forest System of Trails. It is designed as a point-to-point trail, from Habersham County Panther Creek Recreational Area on 441 to Stephens County on Yonah Dam Road.
Travelers Rest Historic Site
This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly. He strategically located it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian Mountains. Wyly operated the inn until 1833 when he sold it to his neighbor Devereaux Jarrett, the “richest man in the Tugaloo Valley.” Jarrett continued to operate the inn, but doubled its size to make it the homeplace of his 14,400-acre plantation along the Tugaloo River. Three generations of Jarretts inhabited the site until the state of Georgia purchased the remaining few acres of the once-vast plantation for $8,000 in 1955. Thanks to both its architectural significance and its role in the early history of the area, Traveler’s Rest was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Today, visitors can tour the house and see many original artifacts and furnishings, some of which were crafted by Caleb Shaw, a renowned cabinetmaker from Massachusetts.
Check out this agri-tourism gem in our area! Jaemor Farms has seasonal events like pumpkin patches and corn mazes that are bound to be a hit for your group. You can also choose homegrown fresh fruits and vegetables.
A re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. From mid-September thru October, Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the South.
Mark of the Potter
This unique shop features the work of four in-house potters, as well as 25 regional potters. They also carry local fine crafts such as hand blown glass, metal work, ornaments, and hand crafted toys; and local jams, jellies, and award-winning honey. On Saturdays and Sundays, one of the potters demonstrates pottery making.
Anna Ruby Falls
Located in the Chattahoochee Forest just north of Helen and is adjacent to Unicoi State Park.
Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center
Take a walk through the past, a look at a unique time and place in America’s history. You will find homes, tools, trades, crafts, and a look at the lifestyle of an all-but-vanished pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Located in Mountain City (Rabun County), GA. Admission is $6.00.
Long Creek, South Carolina
Located within Sumter National Forest. Officially designated in 1936, the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests encompass more than 629,000 acres throughout South Carolina. These lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service for multiple uses including watershed protection and improvement, timber and wood production, habitat for wildlife and fish species (including threatened and endangered ones), wilderness area management, minerals leasing, and recreation.
Locust Stake ATV Trail System
Trails are for off-road vehicles, including two, three and four wheel vehicles, maximum width not to exceed 48”. Designated trails within this trail system range from easy to most difficult. Users are required to stay on the signed trails to prevent damage to the area. Locust Stake Rd is a country road. All state and local motor vehicles with licensed riders are allowed on this road. Length of trail: 9.4 miles and 7 of the miles are in Stephens County. Open: April 1 through December 31st. There is a required $5 fee to ride on this trail system.