Lakes, Sports & Parks in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

Lakes:Vogel

Lake Winfield Scott - Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a destination recreation location situated high in a mountain valley. The recreation area offers year-round recreation opportunities including picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking centered around the beautiful 18-acre lake.

Lake Nottely – The 4,180-acre TVA-controlled Lake Nottely is a fisherman’s paradise, offering ample opportunities to land largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and striped bass, among others. With 106 miles of pristine shoreline nestled in the mountains just northwest of Blairsville. This unspoiled lake offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors.

Lake Trahlyta – Lake Trahlyta offers a view of the esthetic beauty of the mountains and is situated next to Trahlyta Falls, a stunning north Georgia waterfall. Visitors can enjoy a swimming beach, fishing, and pedal boats on the water in addition to mini golf, interpretive programs, music programs, hiking, fishing, bird watching and CCC museum on site at Vogel State Park.

Bicycling

Long regarded by professional riders such as Lance Armstrong as some of America's most challenging bicycling, this area provides enjoyment for riders of all skills.

Mountain Biking

The Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega offers some of the best mountain biking to be found in Georgia. The trails originating in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the Nimblewill area offer a range of difficulty and beautiful scenery.

Horseback Riding, Ziplines, ATV

A Step Above Stables 696 Mauney Circle, Blairsville, Ga (706) 745-9051

Trackrock Stables 202 Trackrock Camp Road, Blairsville, Ga (706) 745-5252

Sunburst Stables--Located only 40 miles away, Sunburst Stables offers Horseback Trail Rides, ATV Trail Rides, Ziplining, and more. People of all ages love their adventures, so book one for you and your family today. You can book online by visiting https://www.zerve.com/SunburstAdv or by calling 706-389-9544. Be sure to let them know we sent you!!

Kayak, Canoe and Tube Rentals

Appalachian Outfitters River Outpost (706) 864-7117 2084 South Chestatee Street, Hwy 60, Dahlonega, GA 30533 www.canoegeorgia.com

Chestatee River Adventures (770) 540-9950 2718 South Chestatee, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Helen Tubing & Waterpark www.helenwaterpark.com

Whitewater Rafting

Experience the thrill of nature's roller coaster on one of several rivers approximately 1-1 ½ hours away including the Ocoee (site of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition), Nantahala and Chattooga. A variety of water sports and a world of fun awaits. With the variety of providers, it is best to research online the area you want to raft prior to your visit.

Parks

Vogel State Park – One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Enjoy hiking, picnicking, non-motorized water sports, putt putt golf, Wolf Creek waterfall, and more!

Meeks Park - Everyone goes to play in the park! Bring your family and meet your friends for a game in our beautiful park with 4 baseball fields, 2 softball fields and 4 batting cages, T-ball field, utility field. You may also enjoy a new splash pad for the youngsters, a new playground with swings, a community pool, 4 covered pavilions for picnicking, walking trails, skate park, and 4 tennis courts. Disc golf and pet walking trail are nearby. One (1) mile west of Blairsville on Highway 515.

Nottely Reservoir Trail – A 2.6 mile trail on the banks of Lake Nottely. Perfect for moderate hiking or biking. This is an easy to use trail that you can even push a stroller or just enjoy a picnic. Opportunities abound for wildlife observation and photography along the trail. Nottely Reservoir Trail can be accessed from two parking about ½ mile from Nottely Dam.