Whether you’re gazing off at the sunrise from the top of Black Rock Mountain or looking up at the stars and lightning bugs as you sit ‘round the campfire, you can enjoy a wonderful view and a better perspective in Rabun County, Georgia. Here, the priorities are a little different. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Appalachians and surrounded by stunning mountains, streams, rivers, lakes and forest lands, Rabun County can help you get in touch with the beauty of life and the importance of appreciating and enjoying it. And there are so many ways to enjoy it.

Hike to the top of Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia’s highest state park, positioned on the Eastern Continental Divide and reaching altitudes of 3,640 feet,which encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside and trail overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. On your way up the mountain, don’t miss out on a visit to The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, where you can take a step back in time and see what life was like for our Appalachian settlers.

Or, you can take the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail stairs at Tallulah Gorge State Park down to the unique suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the gorge floor and amaze at the thundering sound of the falls below you and the sheer quartzite walls that tower above you. Watch as daring, world-class kayakers challenge their skills on one of the special water-release days where the falls are let loose to flow at full capacity as they once did before the dam came. If you have passion for waterfalls, then this is where you need to be. Rabun County is home to the largest collection of waterfalls in the state of Georgia by far.

Want to give the rapids a try yourself? Then make your reservation for a thrilling white-water rafting trip down the Chattooga River, officially designated a National Wild and Scenic River. On the Chattooga, you can experience the majesty and power of nature at its best. The Chattooga River is one of the longest and most spectacular free-flowing mountain rivers in the Southeast. Over a distance of 50 miles, the river descends an average of 49 feet per mile from its headwaters in North Carolina to the state line between South Carolina and Georgia. And, not only does the Chattooga River offer the best whitewater in the region, it also boasts some of the best trout fishing, rated by Trout Unlimited as one of the top 100 trout streams in the U.S. There are many local guides who can get you “hooked” up!

How ‘bout checking out the view as you’re flying 250 feet up, ziplining above the canopy, just you, the trees, mountains and the sky. Or perhaps you’d prefer looking up at the mountains as you take a leisurely horseback ride through flower-filled pastures and cool streams? Even better yet, savor a delightful glass wine at one of the four beautiful mountain wineries while reflecting on the pleasures of the day and the good company you spent it with.

No matter how you look at it, enjoying the beautiful scenery and fascinating activities that Rabun County, Georgia has to offer will leave you with a both new outlook and a better perspective. So come EXPLORE RABUN, and let us help reconnect you to the wonderful world around us. Visit ExploreRabun.com to start your adventure today.