Living by the sea is a picturesque existence, but Georgia offers many other inland waterways that offer new experiences for the whole family.
In the northeastern corner of the state, Lake Burton offers a mountain view next to the water. Above the lake sits the Waterfall Club, a private club with a golf course that has a tee on top of a 210-foot waterfall. If you aren’t a member, try your hand at some resorts open to the public, such as the Kingwood Country Club and Resort and Sky Valley Country Club.
The Blue Ridge Mountains offer a variety of trails for hikers and mountain bikers with breathtaking vistas displaying an explosion of colors when the leaves change in the fall. While the water is still warm, visitors can take a boat or canoe out on Lake Burton at Moccasin Creek State Park.
Andy’s Trout Farm is a popular destination for first-time visitors and returning guests that sits just across the state line. The farm, which opened to the public in 1965, offers plenty of activities for all ages including feeding the trout, mining for gems in a creek, and learning how to fish. Two stocked trout ponds in addition to a three-acre lake are open for more experienced fishermen with a bait shop on site, and the farm also offers guests a place to stay in one of their 13 cabins.
In nearby Dillard, the family-style establishment The Dillard House offers homecooked meals with patrons sitting around large tables and passing the dishes back and forth. The meals are as delicious as the views are picturesque. The Georgia restaurant is the perfect spot to overlook the reds, yellows, and oranges of the mountain forests in autumn, and stables offer horesback riding, too.
Another great stop for families is Goats On The Roof in the nearby city of Tiger. The unique destination offers kids the chance to feed goats (yes — they do have goats on the roof), mine for gems, and even roast marshmallows. Homemade fudge and nitro ice cream are also popular selections, and the store carries a variety of Amish foods and furniture.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards shares the fruits of their labor with Northern Georgians at the Tiger vineyard that sits on a former dairy farm. Red and white vintages are made from grapes grown on 10 acres. The vineyard has won almost 200 awards, including a 2015 Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for the 2013 Petit Manseng. The tasting room is open daily, and a cafe opens on the weekends.
And don’t miss out on the scenic views at Tallulah Gorge State Park. From full moon lake paddle events to suspension bridge hikes, the park has a range of activities for the outdoor lovers.