Appalachian Trail Community: Hiawassee/Towns County

After a week of hiking north from Springer Mountain, hikers need somewhere to re-supply and recover from the toils of the ups and downs of the A.T. in Georgia.  Hiawassee in Towns County, a city of approximately 900 people, provides the appropriate atmosphere for rest, food, supplies, and a friendly environment with folks who genuinely care about hikers and their stories.  Hiawassee/Towns County has several hiker-friendly businesses, a library with free internet available, and of course lots of restaurants, featuring everything from gourmet burgers to an “all you can eat” buffet.  Located on the edge of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Towns County offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including several other well-maintained hiking trails ranging from moderate (Miller Trek and the Lake Chatuge Trail) to more demanding trails like those found on Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak at 4,784 ft.   Lake Chatuge has always been a big draw for visitors to Towns County, especially in the summer months.  This 7,ooo acre lake offers another outlet for those who love the outdoors through boating, water skiing, fishing, kayaking and just recently added, a zipline for wakeboarders.  For the mountain biker, Jackrabbit Mountain just five minutes from downtown Hiawassee in North Carolina boasts eight hiking and biking trails of various degrees of difficulty situated next to beautiful Lake Chatuge.  Information on hiking and other outdoor activities can be found at the Towns County Chamber of Commerce in Young Harris as well as the Towns County Library in Hiawassee.  

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