Suches, Georgia: The Valley Above the Clouds

Outdoor enthusiasts have long known the joys of Suches, Georgia. This small enclave about 30 miles east of the Inn, sits at nearly 3,000 feet, earning its nickname, Valley Above the Clouds.

Like in all of our mountain towns, the air in Suches is clear, the sky feels close enough to touch, and time seems to slow down. The best way to enjoy it is leisurely. Relax over breakfast at Lucille’s, then take a late morning drive through the mountains to Suches.

Bring your hiking boots—there are wonderful trails around Suches, such as one that takes you over the Swinging Bridge above the Toccoa River. Another heads to Sosebee Cove, where you’ll be surrounded by big beautiful trees. And for sheer beauty, try a hike to Preachers Rock for the stellar view, or to the pristine and pretty Lake Winifred Scott, nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

For guests who travel with their fly rod, Suches area will reward you with great spots for fishing. Among them, Dockery Lake is popular, and the Deep Hole Recreation Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a beautiful spot to spend an hour or teasing the trout. The town is also on the route of the Dragon Eyes drive, written about in last week’s blog.

Suches was settled by hearty souls who didn’t seem to mind being days away from basic supplies. Though the times have definitely changed, the town is still semi-remote, with the closest banks and major stores 15 miles away in Dahlonega. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all!

And when you’re ready to come back down from the clouds, head back to Lucille’s and you can enjoy more fresh mountain air, with a side of homemade dessert.