Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatuge Georgia, located in the northern portion of the state and just minutes from Franklin and from Murphy, North Carolina, has an abundance of activities for vacationers. The 7,200-acre lake spans the two states, extending between the cities of Hiawassee, Georgia, and Hayesville, North Carolina. Lake Chatuge has 132 miles of shoreline and provides plenty of things to do, including fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. For vacation accommodations, travelers can choose to stay in rental cabins at Lake Chatuge and nearby lodges and resorts.

Lake Chatuge Georgia provides visitors to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains area with pristine water and miles of shoreline that are perfect for water sports and picnics. Hikers and mountain bikers can also take advantage of the miles of trails through lush forest perfect, and the beautiful mountain scenery offers backpackers a scenic hike, while white-water rafting down the Nantahala River provides tourists with a unique way to see the area. Rafting down the Nantahala River takes you down a mild run of eight miles of Class II rapids before taking on the more challenging whitewater of the Class III Nantahala Falls.

For those interested in golf, a short drive from Lake Chatuge to Young Harris brings you to the Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course, an 18-hole par 72 course open to the public. Fishing and boating enthusiasts vacationing in the Lake Chatuge area can take advantage of the services offered by Chatuge Cove Marina for boat rentals, campsites, and RV facilities, along with fuel and supplies for a day of boating. The marina is located in Hayesville, approximately a 30-minute drive from Hiawassee.

Travelers seeking a place to stay overnight will find plenty of available accommodations, including cabins at Lake Chatuge and resorts or lodges. Located close to Lake Chatuge Georgia in Hiawassee or nearby Hayesville, these resorts and marinas offer you a relaxing vacation with a variety of amenities and activities, including horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing as well as pontoon, and fishing boat rentals. At Lake Chatuge Lodge in Hiawassee, guests stay in one- or two-bedroom suites equipped with kitchenettes and jacuzzi tubs for total relaxation. Each room at the lodge has a private balcony overlooking the lake or the mountains, and guests can start each morning with a continental breakfast and complimentary newspaper.

Also in Hiawassee, the Boundary Waters Resort and Marina offers its guests have a choice of staying in suites or cabins at Lake Chatuge. The cabins each have private decks, cable TV, and free internet access, and they provide use of pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes for boating excursions on the lake. Guests can use the marina for docking their own boat or rent one of the available ski or pontoon boats for the day.

If you're trying to decide when to go, this part of Georgia has some excellent festivals that are well worth planning a trip around. Two popular events taking place in Hiawassee during the year are the Georgia Mountain Fair and the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee. During ten days in July, the Georgia Mountain Fair hosts a regional event with musical performances by popular performers, carnival atmosphere with rides and games, a variety of regional foods, and cultural and historical exhibits. The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival takes place in October for nine days and is set amid the colors of the fall leaves with musical performances, exhibits, a flower show, and the official fiddlers' convention. Both events are held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and offer a unique vacation experience to travelers.

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