Hiking, Horseback Riding in Stunning North Georgia Mountains

Just taking in the beautiful views from a balcony at the Inn
can sweep guests away from life’s hustle and bustle and bring them in touch
with nature.

But there’s nothing like taking a hike in the woods to really get
away from it all, and see some of our area’s real beauty. This area is rife
with waterfalls, and the hikes to them are wonderful. The good news is,
you don’t have to be a die-hard hiker to get to some of the prettiest places!
Here’s a little sampling.

When the rhododendron are blooming, the easy 1-mile trail to
Duke Creek Falls is a delight. You can find parking and the trailhead just off
Richard Russell Scenic Highway.

Off that same highway is where you’ll find
Raven Cliff Falls, a 2.5-mile trail that winds up and down and across several
small creeks, rewarding you with stunning falls and scenery.

You get not one, but two falls when you hike to Anny Ruby
Falls, a short half-miler that is one of the area’s most popular. For a truly
take-your-breadth-away view, head over to Tallulah Falls and Gorge. Made famous
by legendary aerialist Karl Walenda (who walked a high-wire across it!), the
1,000-foot gorge is visable via several easy hikes and points along the way.
In the mountains just north of the Inn, you’ll find access to
the Appalachian Trail. Hike along this ridge-running trail and it’ll lead you
to a springs that is the source of the Chattahoochee River. We’re also
fortunate to have three state parks in the area: Amicalola State Park,
Smithgall Woods State Park and Unicol State Park.  All three  offer easy-to-moderate hiking trails and more
of that glorious north Georgia scenery.
If you’d prefer a guided hiking trip, Appalachian Wilderness Guides offers a variety of hikes led by experienced guides whose extensive
knowledge of the nature and stories of the area enrich the journey. The company
offers day hikes and teams up with North Georgia wineries for Wine Tasting
Treks, short hikes into the mountains where you can toast the beauty with local
Appalachian Wilderness Guides
7675 US Highway 76 East, Hiawassee
Bargain Day Hikes, $50
Wine Tasting Treks, $75.
Photo by Austin Elliott
Courtesy of North Sunburst Stables
For those who’d rather let someone else do the walking, you
can see the area via horseback. Chattahoochee Stables have one-hour guided
trail rides that take you 3.5 miles through the valley, along—and through!–
the Chatahoochee River.  North SunburstStables offers rides into the Chattahoochee National Forest, including  one and two-hour rides, a family adventure
ride that takes guests to an animal farm and fishing, a sunset ride, and a
lunch ride.
Chattahoochee Stables
2180 Highway 17, Sautee
1-hour rides. Call Stables for pricing.
Summer hours, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; winter hours: 10:00
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Sunburst Stables
251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville
Open daily
Daytime rides: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunset
ride: call for departure time.
After an active day in the woods, head back to the Inn to be
pampered in our Spa! It’s another one of the joys of staying at our Inn.