5 Fun Things to Do in Rabun County, GA

Things to Do in Rabun CountyWith spring in the air and summer on the way, the North Georgia Mountains are the place to be. We here at Glen-Ella Springs are already enjoying the warmer weather and lush spring landscape while looking forward to a fantastic summer. With rivers, lakes, and mountain trails in nearly every direction, there is much to explore in our neck of the woods.  One place you should take the time to see is Rabun County. It’s a big and beautiful place to get to know, so we’ve come up with a list of things to do in Rabun County, GA to help you plan your adventures.

1. See a Movie at Tiger Drive-in Theater

If you want the experience of an old fashioned drive-in theater, then one of the things to do in Rabun County, GA to put on your list is a trip to the Tiger Drive-In. Just 20 minutes away from Glen-Ella, the Tiger Drive-Inn give patrons the opportunity to enjoy new movies in a retro setting, complete with an impressive snack bar.

2. Get Fresh at the Farmers Market

The farm-to-table movement is big in the North Georgia Mountains, so one of the great things to do in Rabun County, GA is a visit to the Simply Home Grown Farmers Market. Shop for fresh produce and meat from local farms as long as other locally made goods and sweet treats.

3. See the 42nd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

The oldest balloon event in the south is also the only long distance hot air balloon race. The Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Classic sees  balloonists take off in Helen in a race toward the Atlantic Ocean during the first weekend in June. Other events such as balloon flying rides during the morning and evening  will take place in Helen as the balloonists make their journey. The dates for this year’s festival are June 4th, 5th, and 6th.

4. Go Fast at the 1/2 Mile Private Runway Shootout

Taking place at Heaven’s Landing Airport in Clayton, the 1/2 Mile Shootout is a two day event full of half mile racing in a unique and breathtaking location. Spectators will witness drivers take their vehicles to top speeds side by side with competitors. This year’s event will be held on September 12th and 13th.

5. Explore the Outdoors

No matter where you are in the North Georgia Mountains you area, it holds true that exploring the outdoors is one of the best things to do. Rabun county is no exception to that rule. Rabun County includes 148,684 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Along with the National Forest, there are three state parks in the county, including Black Rock Mountain, Moccasin Creek, and Tallulah Gorge. Trout fishing is popular in the Tallulah River as well as the Coleman river.The county also as three lakes: Lake Rabun, Lake Burton, and Lake Seed. There are many hiking trails and a portion of the Appalachian trail is among them. Another one of the best things to do in Rabun County GA is to check out the many waterfalls in the area. You can take some time throughout your trip to trek the relatively short trails to the likes of Dick’s Creek Falls, Holcomb Creek Falls, or Minnehaha Falls.

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Whichever of these things to do in Rabun County, GA you decide to take advantage of, your time in the North Georgia Mountains will always be enhanced by a stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our accommodations are the perfect place to rest and recharge in between your adventures. The inn’s rooms and suites are a delightful mix of rustic and elegant, providing guests with the utmost comfort. And our Clarkesville, GA Restaurant has a menu of inventive dishes made with farm fresh ingredients.  For an experience in the North Georgia Mountains that you won’t soon forget, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs! We’ll see you soon!

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