For people travelling North from southern locations in Georgia and Florida and those travelling west from South Carolina you will be passing through miles and miles of flat coastal plains. As you approach the mid-section of Georgia softly rolling hills called the “Piedmont” will give you a grand view of forests and farmland. But suddenly as you enter Tallulah Falls at the Southern boundary of Rabun County you are in the ancient Appalachian Mountains. It is time to slow down and catch the view of mountains, waterfalls, hardwood and pine forests. In the spring there are splashes of bright colors; yellow forsythia, pink Bradford pears and every shade of green. In the autumn the mountains are alive with Fall foliage. As you climb the 12 miles and 500 feet you entry the city of Clayton, George where our adventure starts.
The roads follow ancient river beds that cut a North-South valley that the Cherokee used to migrate through these mountains; you are on U.S. 441. If you are travelling East-West; rivers still flow creating a valley road now U.S. 76 that the Cherokee used to travel to get to the place called the “Dividings”. This area is now Clayton, the county seat of the most Northeastern Georgia County – Rabun County. The Georgia Department of Transportation has realigned U.S. 441 to by-pass the Historic Downtown Clayton area, so travelers note – when you get to the light at the “Dividings” where highways 441 and 76 meet, make a turn West 2 blocks and visit the real Clayton. Clayton, Georgia has it all – surrounded by the lush Smoky Mountains, an ol’ timey Main Street lined with specialty shopping, delicious dining venues, romantic vineyards, and many rustic lodging options! Come walk under the swaying trees of Downtown, breathe in the fresh mountain air and learn about the culture of our unique mountain community. From Art to Wine, and Professional Services to Pastries…Clayton will meet all of your demands while exceeding all of your expectations! Our local shops feature the best in art, antiques, books, flowers, furniture, gifts, wine and so much more! Fine restaurants will please even the most discriminating palate. You’ll even find an old fashioned drug store soda fountain! Regardless of what you are looking to discover, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you come to explore Clayton.
Aunt Nell’s Cabin
Our stay at Aunt Nell’s cabin,snuggled away in privacy, this cozy cottage is situated on 7 acres of tranquility and mountain seclusion. Fly Fish, hike, enjoy the cool mountain air and take pictures of gushing water falls on the beautiful Tallulah River.If you are a biker, take a scenic ride to Hiawassee. If you are a hiker, everything from short hikes to the Appalachian Trail are nearby. How about white water rafting? Tubing? Antiquing!
The open floor plan features a family room with vaulted beamed ceiling which magnifies the spacious room. In addition to the TV, sofa and recliner, there is plenty of room for a queen size futon that converts to a comfortable queen bed. Just a few steps away is a sizable bath. Enjoy the splendor of a garden tub in the mountain fresh air. If you are tired of the galley kitchens in vacation homes, you will be pleased to prepare meals in this delightful kitchen that makes cooking a pleasure. Enjoy the luxury of real wood floors throughout including the living area, bathrooms and bedrooms. Upstairs are two bedrooms. The master has an adjoining bath with brush nickel vanity faucets and separate toilet/shower area. A new 32 inch flat screen TV is mounted on the wall in front of the queen size bed and there is a deck off the master. Please note, however, there are steps to the master and loft bedrooms. Although they are few in number, they are a little steep. If you have issues climbing steps, this may not be the cabin for you. The guest bedroom loft area is quiet and airy with lots of windows to make a bedroom light and cheery. The prettiest views of the mountain and towering hardwoods can be seen from this room. This area is just off the master bedroom and overlooks the living area below. Twin beds are located here but one should remember this is officially a one bedroom, 2 bath cabin. Our rates reflect a one bedroom cabin. If you wish to utilize the twin beds or futon, you are welcome to do so. It works best for families. A huge screened porch runs across the front with a swing similar to Grandma’s. The outside has a fire pit and BBQ grille with table. Just out the door are 7 acres of privacy and down the hill is the Tallulah River which borders a forest service wilderness. Although the river is approximately a mile away, you will probably want to drive to your favorite location for fishing, hiking or swimming. There are beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls and great trout fishing year round.
All of this is located minutes from Lake Burton, Tallulah River, Appalachian Trail, Tate City, Persimmon Valley, Persimmon Creek Winery, Helen, Clarksville, Lake Rabun, Lake Seed, La Prades Marina, Moccasin Creek State Park and Black Rock State Park. Don’t forget the HIGHLANDS, Dillard,Franklin,and Cherokee are a short day’s drive. If you like playing golf in the cool mountain air, there are numerous golf courses in the area.
What a wonderful week in the mountains, everyone needs this.