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Georgia Recreation

The Northeast Georgia Mountain Area provides a multitude of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The possibilities are endless in Rabun County. Whether you're in the mood for a day of adventure on the river or a relaxing day of perusing antiques, Rabun County has all the ingredients for your perfect day. Rabun County contains hundreds of square miles of spectacular natural scenery.  In fact, sixty three percent of the county’s total acreage is in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service.  An additional twenty percent of the county is comprised of recreational lakes.  With eighty three percent of Rabun County protected, this ensures the area against over development, and guarantees that the county will remain pristine for generations to come. For the extreme sportsman, some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Eastern United States can be enjoyed on the Chattooga and Tallulah rivers just minutes away.  Horseback riding, fly fishing, hunting, rock climbing, and zip lining are also abundantly available.  The Appalachian Trail and Tallulah Gorge are nearby, and camping in the area offers some of the most brilliant star lit skies that you will ever see.     


Antiques and Art Galleries










Broderick Crawford Art Gallery

Art Gallery on Main Street in Clayton

Butler Galleries:

Clayton Antique Mall. On Main Street in Clayton. 17 different dealers from all over the south. (706) 212-0155

Black Bear Creek Antiques:

Located 5 miles west of Clayton on Highway 76. Wonderful primitive antiques housed in an old general store. (706) 782-2829

Dillard Mini Mall:

Off Hwy 441 in Dillard. A huge selection of antiques from Victorian to primitive. Custom decorative painting. Many dealers. (706) 746-2127. Located 9 miles from Clayton.

Hearts and Flowers Primitives:

947 West Kyle Street, Cleveland, GA 30528, (706) 865-1244. Located 29 miles from Clayton.

Hickory Flat Pottery:

Original pottery and whimsical art on Scenic Highway 197. Located 16 miles from Clayton. (706) 947-0030

Mark of the Potter.

An Attalia of fine potters. Mark of the Potter is on Georgia Highway 197N just 10 miles north of Clarkesville, Georgia and 2 miles south of Batesville. Located inside Grandpa Watts' Grits Mill on the picturesque Soque River. Located 17 miles from Clayton. (706) 947-3440

Main Street Gallery:

Contemporary and folk art, downtown Clayton.  (706) 782-2440

Whistle Stop Antique Mall:

Welcome to Western North Carolina's largest antique mall. With over 50,000 square feet and 250 dealers. Located 21 miles from Clayton. (828) 349-1600






Click here for a list of biking trails in the Northern Georgia region.




Gem Mining



Gold N Gem Grubbin:

Mine for Gold and Gem Stones in our convenient sluices or right in the creek just like the ole' timers did. Located 32 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at (706) 865-5454.


Gold City Gem Mine:

Come mine one of several types of buckets here at Gold City.  We have both Native and Enriched Gemstone buckets.  After mining, bring your rough stones in to our on-site professional jeweler for free inspection.  You can also have your stones cut and mounted in to a variety of gold and silver mounts for a beautiful souvenir.  Located 27 miles Northeast of Clayton. Contact them at (800) 713-7767


Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

Gemologists and rock hounds will enjoy a visit to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum in Franklin, with its collection of countless precious and semiprecious stones found in this mineral-rich region of North Carolina as well as other areas in and out of the state. Located 21 miles North of Clayton in Franklin, NC. Contact them at (704) 369-7831




Several beautiful golf courses grace the area, and the very best of these is only minutes from Heaven’s Landing.  Overlooking Lake Burton is the Waterfall Club, where Heaven’s Landing property owners receive exclusive complimentary privileges by virtue of a reciprocal amenities agreement that was formulated between the two entities.  This relationship effectively creates a nearby “Country Club Outpost” for all Heaven’s Landing residents.  The Waterfall Club also features an indoor junior Olympic swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis, and fine dining with the most amazing view of Lake Burton that you can even imagine!   



Kingwood Resort: (866) 546-4966

18 holes. Located 2 miles East of Clayton.


Rabun County Golf Club: (706) 782-5500

9 hole public course and driving range. Located 1 mile Southwest of Clayton.


Sky Valley Resort: (706) 746-5302

18 championship holes. Located 14 miles Northeast of Clayton.

bullet Waterfall Country Club: (706) 212-4000

18 championship holes.



Hiking and Backpacking





Click here for a list of hiking and backpacking trails in the northern Georgia region.




Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding




An equestrian area with bridle and hiking trails also grace the community.  On site paths within Heaven’s Landing lead to numerous trails that are available in the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest.  Hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and four wheeling are also permitted on the adjacent trails.  If it’s fun, you can do it at Heaven’s Landing.  Click here for a list of horseback riding trails in the northern Georgia region. 





Hot Air Balloon Rides


Balloons Over Georgia:

Come see the scenery like you never have. A hot air balloon ride over North Georgia. When you take a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Over Georgia you will see the sites like never before. From your lofty perch you will see Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta skyline and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges to our north. Sometimes you might even get to watch deer run or fly with a hawk. Located at 112 Jason Lane in Cumming, Ga just 80 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at 678-283-4033

Magic Carpet Ride Ballooning Adventures:

Floating with the dancing wind, somewhere between the treetops and the clouds; there’s no better way to see the Georgia sights around Atlanta than from one of our 2 hot air balloons "Sun Dancer" or "Magic Dancer"... Located 74 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at (770) 436 - 9960.

SkyBlue Balloon Rides:

Skyblue Ballooning offers unforgettable hot air balloon rides, exclusive private flights, commercial promotions, and tethers in the Atlanta, Georgia and Macon, Georgia areas for a once in a lifetime event. Come float with us across the gentle rolling hills of central Georgia. Experience the serenity of being “lighter than air” in a hot air balloon. Perfect for anniversaries, engagements, retirements, weddings, birthdays, holidays or any other special occasion. Located 120 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at 847-790-4411.



Etowah Valley Game Preserve & Sporting Clays Park:

Located 51 miles Southeast of Clayton.

120 Leon Jones Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534   (678)410-0983 or (404) 557-9967


The Warwoman WMA:

Located in the northeastern corner of the county, boasts 15,800 acres of hunting land and the Lake Burton WMA, located in western Rabun County, has 12,600 acres. Both areas provide hunting opportunities for: deer, boar, turkey, bear, various small game. Contact (770) 535-5700 or Georgia Department of Natural Resources for information or maps of the areas.




Fine Dining

bullet Chophouse at La Prade's: (706) 896-3200
bullet Community Brew & Tap: (706) 903-2080
bullet Farmhouse at Persimmon: (706) 782-9834
bullet Fortify Kitchen and Bar: (706) 782-0050
bullet Julep Farms: (706) 960-9600
bullet Longhorn's: (706) 894-1576
bullet Mama G's Italian: (706) 782-9565


Casual Dining

bullet Arby's: (706) 782-1757
bullet Bella's:(706) 223-0158
bullet Burger King: (706) 782-4576
bullet Checkers: (706) 782-4411
bullet Chick-Fil-A: (706) 212-0022
bullet Clayton Cafe: (706) 212-2233
bullet Dairy Queen: (706) 782-5598
bullet Dunkin' Donuts: (706) 949-9112
bullet Fortify Pi: (706) 782-0079
bullet Granny's Kuntry Kitchen: (706) 782-3914
bullet Hawg Wild BBQ: (706) 754-4323
bullet Henry's: (706) 782-3533
bullet (The) Hush Cuban Kitchen & Bar: (706) 782-3371
bullet Ishy's Grill: (706) 782-2303
bullet La Cabana Mexican Restaurant: (706) 212-2834
bullet La Pachanga Mexican Restaurant: (706) 782-7247
bullet Longhorn's: (706) 894-1576
bullet Louie's On The Lake: (706) 782-3276
bullet Mama G's Italian: (706) 782-9565
bullet Manriques: (706) 782-5815
bullet McDonald's: (706) 782-5313
bullet Mishima Express: (706) 782-0045
bullet Nina's Milkshake Bar & Pizzeria: (706) 782-6689
bullet Oinkers BBQ: (706) 782-7010
bullet Pizza Hut: (706) 782-2111
bullet Spotted Pig: (706) 960-4448
bullet Subway: (706) 782-1432
bullet Sunday Diner: (706) 212-0412
bullet The Dillard House: (706) 746-5348
bullet The Rusty Bike Cafe: (706) 212-2020
bullet Tomlin BBQ: (706) 746-2690
bullet Universal Joint: (706) 782-7116
bullet Valley Cafe: (706) 746-2231
bullet Waffle House: (706) 212-2033
bullet Wendy's: (706) 782-9215
bullet Zaxby's: (706) 212-0088


Movie Theatres











Tiger Drive-In:

The Tiger Drive In is now open Thurs, Fri, and Sat and Sunday with double features "Two movies for the price of one" on Friday and Saturday. Located at 2956 Old Hwy 441 in Tiger, Ga. 3 miles Southwest of Clayton. Contact them at (404) 680-5066 for showtimes.


Ruby Cinemas in Franklin, NC:

Located at 2097 Georgia Rd in Franklin, NC. just 20 miles North of Clayton. Contact them at (828) 524-2076


Habersham Hills Cinemas in Cornelia, GA:

Habersham Hills Cinemas is easy to find and "easy in-easy out" right on Ga. 365 at Cody Rd. only 4.5 miles North of the Cornelia Wal-Mart exit (Hwy 441), 20 miles South of Clayton. Contact them at (706) 776-7469











Crafts and Collectibles:

Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center Mountain City (3 Miles)

Hambidge Center Rabun Gap (6 Miles)

Tallulah Point Overlook Tallulah Falls (10 Miles)

Old Clarkesville Mill Art & Antiques Clarkesville (16 Miles)


Mark of the Potter Clarkesville (16 Miles)

Sautee-Nacoochee Center Sautee (25 Miles)

The Gourd Place Sautee (25 Miles)

BabyLand General Hospital Cleveland (32 Miles)

Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi Center Blairsville (32 Miles)

Mountain Life Museum Blairsville (32 Miles)

Dahlonega Arts Council, Inc. Dahlonega (41 Miles)

Naturally Georgia Dahlonega (41 Miles)

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, LLC Cumming (62 Miles)



Snow Skiing









Scaly Mountain, NC:

Snow tubing only. Scaly Mountain Outdoor Sports Park is a friendly, fun, family-oriented resort offering snow tubing only. Thousands of families have come to enjoy snow tubing at Scaly Mountain and we would like you to come join us. Contact at (828) 526-3737. Located 13 miles from Clayton.



Cataloochee, NC:

Visit Cataloochee Ski Area this season and experience southern hospitality on the slopes. For generations of snow-loving families,Cataloochee is a winter tradition, and with good reason. Contact them at (800) 768-0285. Located 55 miles from Clayton.



Hawksnest Resort, NC:

This summer we will be expanding our beginner area.  This new area will be about 500 feet long and serviced by a moving sidewalk conveyor lift.  The expanded area will have 100% snowmaking and lighting for nighttime ski or snowboarding.  This expanded beginner area will make Hawksnest one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard. Contact them at (800) 822-4295. Located 125 miles from Clayton.



Ober Gatlinburg, TN:

Ober Gatlinburg offers eight trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlift which keeps you out of lift lines and on the slopes.  When temperatures drop, our snowmaking equipment blankets 100% of our slopes.  Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface. Contact them at (800) 251-9202 or (865) 436-5423. Located 58 miles from Clayton.



Ski Beech, NC:

With excellent skiing (day or night), and a charming Alpine Village filled with intriguing shops, tempting restaurants and more, you'll find that Ski Beech offers a winter wonderland of fun and activities for all members of your family or group! Contact them at 800-438-2093.












bullet Rabun County High School : Located 4 miles South of Clayton
bullet Terrora Park at Tallulah Gorge : Located 13 miles South of Clayton
bullet Kingwood Resort: Located 2 miles East of Clayton








 Click here for a list of waterfalls in the northern Georgia region.















Blessed with some of the steepest, well-drained hillsides in the U.S., North Georgia’s topography, elevation, and climate is extraordinarily well suited to a relatively recent agricultural development in Rabun County – vineyards

12 Spies Winery

The vineyard's name came from the Bible and tells the story of Moses sending 12 spies to investigate the Promised Land. While there, they discovered grapes so large that it took 2 men just to carry one cluster. They brought them back on a staff along with figs and other fruit to show off their bounty. Successful in the corporate world, Mike Brown chose to travel down a new path in life. His love of farming was the only thing planned in the beginning. After planting and growing grapes for a few years, the decision to build a winery and tasting room was made. 12 Spies was opened in 2012.

Crane Creek Vineyards

At Crane Creek Vineyards, you have the opportunity to taste and purchase the fruits of our labors. At our tasting room, you are welcome to sample the wines produced from our grapes. These wines are the product of our own winery and other Georgia wineries, which have crafted our raw product into works of art. Tour our winery and observe an operation that perfectly merges modern winemaking techniques with traditional artisan methods. Also plan to join us for a variety of intimate events where food, wine and the beauty of the North Georgia mountains come together in perfect harmony. Our wine list is always changing throughout the year, so we often have new releases for you to try.

You may also come and enjoy a special Vintner's Tour. The Tour is by Reservation Only. The Vintner's Tour includes a tour of the winery, your wine tasting, a souvenir glass and a cheese/cracker plate. Check out our Special Events on our webpage.

Glen-Ella Springs

Over a century old and restored in 1986, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn features 16 well-appointed rooms each individually decorated with period antiques, luxury linens, colorful fabrics and locally made furniture as part of the decor. The rooms all open onto covered porches complete with rocking chairs to enjoy the serene setting. The restaurant is open most evenings at 5:30 p.m. and has been recognized as one of Georgia's top dining destinations. Reservations are recommended.

Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a wonderful location for romantic getaways, destination weddings as well as family and corporate retreats. Surrounded by 17 acres with a perennial flower and herb garden, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a place where nature, casual elegance, exceptional food and true Southern hospitality come together. Lodging rates are based on double occupancy and always include a full hot entree breakfast.

Habersham Vineyards and Winery

Some of the finest award-winning Georgia wines have been produced at Habersham Vineyards & Winery since 1983. More than 150 medals have been awarded to Habersham Wines in both national and international competitions. The winery orginally was located in Baldwin until November 1998 when construction on a new facility located at the Nacoochee Village in Helen was completed. Located just one-half mile from Alpine Helen, the Nacoochee Village is now home to not only the Georgia Winery but to many other unique shops.

We use our best grapes and oak barrels to produce our premium, vintage dated, varietal Creekstone wines. Our popular Habersham Estates label include varietal vinefera wines as well as blended wines using both vinefera and French-American grapes. Southern Harvest wines use native muscadine grapes grown in South Georgia.

Montaluce Winery

Montaluce Estates is nestled on the 400-acre estate located 10 minutes west of the Dahlonega Square. The majestic Tuscan-style property abuts the Etowah River and the Chatahoochee National Forest. At the heart of the Montaluce Estate and at its highest point, the property boasts a modern 25,000-square-foot winery and restaurant. Reminiscent of a grand Tuscan Villa, with sweeping views of the vineyards and Georgia mountains, guests will discover the Italian ideal of "La Vita Bella." 20 acres of property are dedicated to vineyard, growing 10 different varietals of grapes.

Montaluce delivers award-winning European-style wines with a focus on Estate grown grapes. The award-winning wines are served and sold in the Montaluce tasting room as well as in Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce. Le Vigne Restaurant offers fresh farm-to-table food from Executive Chef Austin Rocconi, focusing on local fare and produce from the organic garden at Montaluce.

Tiger Mountain Winery

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny slopes of the North Georgia mountains. Our vineyard is small, the vines individually tended and the grapes hand-picked for quality. Our red wines are barrel-aged 12 to 24 months. Visit the vineyards and enjoy barrel-room tastings.

Beginning April 19, 2013, the Red Barn Cafe will be open to the public for lunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. from April through November. Gourmet lunches will be catered by Rob Rotunno of the award-winning Corkscrew Café in Dahlonega. There will be live music on Saturdays.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

The European-style Georgia Winery at Wolf Mountain is fashioned after a raised craftsman-style cottage and sits atop the cellar, which is encased in fieldstone. The winery is 8,000 square feet of indoor function space that includes a dance space, an antique bar area and beautiful fireplaces. The winery also houses early French winemaking artifacts. The Vineyard Cafe is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday* from 12-3 p.m. Educational winemaker tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. We invite you to join us at the winery and sample our family of award-winning estate wines.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Located at the base of historic Mount Yonah, Yonah Mountain Vineyards holds more than seven varietals on almost 15 acres of the 197-acre estate.  

Enjoy celebrated and award-winning wines in the grand yet relaxed tasting room, which opened at the vineyard in March 2014. It features an octagonal bar and ceiling, fabulous views of the vineyard, a cozy fireplace, displays of local artwork and a welcoming staff.

Join the Tour de la Cave & Barrel Sampling for a tour of the only known wine cave in Georgia, great stories about "the oldest mountain in the world," and samples of future vintages followed by a wine tasting in the tasting room. The Tasting Room is open daily, and wine cave tours should be scheduled in advance.

Live music is offered every Saturday afternoon. Outdoor seating on the patio or breezeway, in the shadow of Mount Yonah, is available.




Nachoochee Outdoor Adventures: 7019 S Main St Helen, GA 30545 (706) 878-9477

Blue Ridge Zip Line and Adventure Park: (800) 251-4800

Banning Hills: (770) 834-9149

Sunburst: 3181 Ga Hwy 255 in Clarkesville, GA Contact them at (706) 947-7433


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