Exploring Georgia from an ideal spot

November 15, 1992|By Cox News Service

Tallulah Gorge is in a perfect spot for vacationers who want to establish a base to explore the northeast Georgia mountains.

Midway between Clarkesville and Clayton, the area is a short drive from natural wonders such as Anna Ruby Falls to the west, Toccoa Falls to the southeast and Black Rock Mountain to the north.

Lakes Rabun and Burton are nearby, as are numerous rivers and unsupervised swimming and fishing areas. For those who enjoy such things, the faux-Bavarian glitz of Helen, Ga., is within easy driving distance.

Couples interested in a romantic tryst in the mountains can find several idyllic hideaways. One is the restored Glen-Ella Springs Inn, south of Lake Rabun in Clarkesville. The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and -- besides its stunning vistas -- has a restaurant and pool. For rates and information, call (800) 552-3479.

The Dillard House, just north of Clayton, long has been known for its lodgings and family-style restaurant. Diners share large tables for all-you-can-eat lunches and dinners featuring fried chicken, country ham and bowl after bowl of fresh vegetables. For rates and information, call (706) 746-5348.

For activities in the area -- which also includes the Chattahoochee National Forest -- there are outfits specializing in white-water rafting, hiking and horseback riding. Southeastern Expeditions, with an office in Atlanta, offers white-water excursions on most of the North Georgia rivers and can recommend reputable outfitters for hiking and horseback riding. For information, call Southeastern Expeditions, (800) 868-7238.

Clayton is close to the Chattooga River, a filming site for "Deliverance," and awesome Bull Sluice Shoals. The shoals provide frigid river wading among the rocks below the rapids. From U.S. 441 in Clayton, turn right onto U.S. 76. Just over the river, which is also the Georgia/South Carolina line, turn left into a parking area.

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