If it’s time for you to get out and rediscover life and your place in it, you may want to start in Rabun County, Georgia. Close to everything yet worlds away, Rabun County, located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, offers visitors a wealth of unique and wonderful experiences. From thrilling outdoor adventures to relaxing Farm-to-Table wining and dining, your days can be both full and fulfilling and give you the time and perspective you need to find what you’ve been missing.
With three state parks, Tallulah Gorge, Black Rock Mountain, and Moccasin Creek, camping, hiking and fishing is available year-round for you to enjoy a crackling campfire, landing a beautiful rainbow trout or a peaceful stroll through the woods towards a stunning waterfall. The scenic beauty of these parks and their trails is magnificent whether viewed from Tallulah Gorge’s suspension bridge or the overlook at Black Rock Mountain, where you can see for over 80 miles!
The views all throughout the entire county are breathtaking as well, whether you hike, ride or even fly through the trees! Highlands Aerial Park offers world class ziplining tours above the canopy, 250 feet up. Rafting and kayaking on the Chattooga River at Southeastern Expeditions is available for adventurers looking for white-water thrills. And for the milder heart, make your reservation at the Dillard House Stables for a leisurely horseback ride through a mountain stream, ending with a comforting homestyle meal at the world-famous Dillard House. Or try a visit to the Foxfire Museum, where you can take a step back in time to experience life as it was for past generations living in the Appalachian Mountains.
But for the avid culinary adventurer, Rabun County is a hidden treasure. This little mountain paradise, just a hop and skip from downtown Atlanta, Charlotte or Greenville, boasts the title of the state’s Farm-to-Table Capital and five Best Chef America award recipients. Among the county’s top culinary stars are Chefs David and Gayle Darugh of The Beechwood Inn, an award-winning historic bed and breakfast located in the heart of picturesque downtown Clayton. Both originally hailing from California’s wine country, the Darughs opened Beechwood Inn 20 years ago as a Farm-to-Table inn and restaurant. They seek to reconnect food to its origins, and people to their food, by serving local, seasonal and sustainable food for breakfast and for the inn’s famous dinners. Further enhancing the Farm-to-Table experience, they operate the “Grow, Cook, Eat, Culinary Garden” – an organic vegetable, herb and edible flower farm, providing the inn with amazing ingredients right from its own backyard. David and Gayle also host “Wine Thirty,” a daily wine tasting event offering their own award-winning private label wines as well as some other favorites from their extensive wine cellar. The inn itself offers world-class accommodations in individually decorated rooms and cabins, as well as easy access to all the amazing things there are to do and discover in the North Georgia mountains.
What’s more, The Beechwood Inn is just one of the many gems you’ll find to delight your palate in Rabun County. In addition to its many notable dining establishments, there are also four fabulous wineries, where the views are as spectacular as the wines, two award winning distilleries and a fun and friendly craft brewery to relax in and enjoy the warmth and charm of true Southern hospitality… hospitality you’ll find in every corner of this quaint yet progressive mountain retreat. See for yourself! Start your adventure exploring Rabun County and all it has to offer at ExploreRabun.com.