Georgia has so much to offer visitors and locals alike, and Habersham County GA is no exception. The county boasts more than 200 years of history, breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, fun events and plenty to do. While that’s a great overview, the team at Glen-Ella Springs is here to help you with the finer details of your north Georgia vacation, so here’s what to know about Habersham County GA.
An Atlanta Escape
Habersham County is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains only 90 minutes from Atlanta. The natural beauty of the area compels visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The diverse Habersham County population of 45,000 offers a warm hospitality that encourages its guests to relax and unwind and return for another much-needed weekend trip from Atlanta.
Niagara Falls of the South
Tallulah Gorge in Tallulah Gorge State Park, Habersham County GA, is approximately 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep. The popular tourist attraction is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S. and is said to have been known as the “Niagara Falls of the South.” Visitors to the gorge can enjoy gorgeous views of the river and waterfalls from hiking and biking trails, an 80-foot tall suspension bridge and a paved path running alongside an old railroad bed. Permits to explore the gorge floor are also available in limited supply.
Home of the Big Red Apple
Habersham County’s largest municipality is Cornelia GA, home to the world’s largest apple monument. Erected in honor of the region’s apple growers and how important the apple industry once was to Habersham County, the monument stands seven feet tall high and has a circumference of 22 feet. The city of Cornelia holds two apple festivals a year and is known as “The Home of the Big Red Apple.”
Fly Fisherman’s Dream
The Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers beckon fly fisherman to Habersham County GA. The county is purported to offer the best fly fishing east of the Mississippi.
Habersham County is one of Georgia’s Camera Ready Communities that connects skilled county liaisons with film and TV productions. The rolling hills, waterfalls, hiking trails, rivers and beautiful scenery of the area have attracted a number of filmmakers as a result. Most recently, the movie Wanderlust, featuring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, was filmed in Habersham County.
Paradise for Antique Shoppers
There are literally miles of antique shops in Habersham County! Shoppers can find antique furniture, Native American artifacts, Civil War relics, turn-of-the-century farm tools and more. Habersham County also offers more contemporary shopping opportunities with its variety of quaint gift shops, especially in downtown Clarkesville and Cornelia.
Where to Stay
What better place to stay while visiting Habersham County GA than in its county seat of Clarkesville! Clarkesville is centrally located within Habersham County and the perfect starting point for all of your Habersham County GA adventures. Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast offers an award-winning restaurant, meeting place and lodging facilities for your enjoyment. Start planning your vacation to Habersham County GA today!
Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn.