Whether you enjoy a brisk hike up a mountain, a leisurely horseback ride, shooting the rapids on a wild river, sipping wine at a local vineyard, or looking up at the stars and lightning bugs as you sit ‘round your campfire, no matter what your “ride” is, it’s waiting for you in Rabun County. Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia’s northeastern most county offers a wealth of unique and wonderful experiences for everyone.
Here, our priorities are a little different. Being surrounded by stunning mountains, streams, rivers, lakes and forest lands keeps us in touch with the beauty of life and the importance of appreciating and enjoying it. And there are so many ways to enjoy it. With thrilling outdoor adventures, relaxing Farm-to-Table wining and dining, and camping and hiking trails everywhere, in Rabun County, you can get back to enjoying and experiencing life to its fullest.
For the casual adventurer, camping, hiking and fishing are available year-round for you and your family and friends to enjoy a crackling campfire or a peaceful stroll through the woods towards a stunning waterfall. 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.
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Roadside and trail overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. 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. 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.
Looking for more adventure? Give the rapids a try for yourself. Make your reservation for a thrilling white-water rafting trip down the “Wild and Scenic” Chattooga River where you can experience the majesty and power of nature at its best. In the winter months, you can go tubing down a snowy mountainside and during the rest of the year, slide down that same mountainside on a state-of-the-art gravity driven mountain coaster. How about taking a world-class ziplining tour 250 feet up? You can fly between the mountain tops for over 1500 ft in under 30 seconds.
Perhaps you’d prefer something a bit more down to earth? You can gaze up at the mountains instead as you take a leisurely horseback ride though pastures filled with crisp air and fall color. Even better yet, savor a delightful glass wine at one of our beautiful mountain wineries while enjoying the view and reflecting on the pleasures of the day and the good company you spent it with.
So, whether you’re in search of a casual hike to an amazing mountain view, some in-your-face whitewater thrills, a soaring flight above the trees, a slow trot through a colorful fall forest, or simply a delightful way to spend an afternoon among friends, Rabun County is where you’ll find your ride! Start your adventure exploring Rabun County today at ExploreRabun.com.