Not sure what to do on your day off (Wednesday,
June 30)? Here's a list of our favorite things to do and see in North
the Chattooga River (pre-registration required)
Experience the Chattooga's natural wonders as you paddle alongside
cascading waterfalls, gigantic boulders, and lush rhododendron.
Tell your friends that you rafted on the famous
river featured in the movie "Deliverance."
We've lined up
a trip on Section III (the milder section of the river), and we've
selected the best rafting company in the area, the
Outdoor Center. This full day trip is
ideal for active
families and youth groups. And for those who would rather go solo,
you can bring your canoe or kayak and tag along with the group.
Hike the Appalachian Trail
Bring your hiking
shoes and a feather for your cap. This may be your once in a life
time opportunity to high the Appalachian Trail.
out two options for hiking enthusiast. The longer option takes you
Gap to Neels Gap for an 11.5 mile trip (one-way). Team up with
a buddy to arrange your shuttle. The shorter trip is a 6.8 mile
loop of Blood Mountain -- the highest point on the AT in Georgia.
Check out our
for more information.
Tube the Hooch
Take a river tubing trip down the
scenic Chattahoochee, or play all day on wonderful waterslides.
Tubing trips include your tube, U.S.
Coast Guard approved life preserver, a shuttle service and a
relaxing float through the scenic alpine village of Helen, GA.
tubing trips in advance through any of the following companies:
Visit Helen GA
(8 miles from convention
Helen, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the
Chattahoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village
complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. This
Northeast Georgia village has a rich
history dating back to the Cherokee Indians and their burial
mounds, also early settlers who mined
for gold and cut virgin timber. Now Helen celebrates its thirtieth
year as a mountain community with a touch of Bavaria. Helen has
more than 200 specialty and import
restaurants and over 1100 quality
rooms are located in Helen. Outside of town, over 1000
cabins and chalets are available with cozy fireplaces in
Located one half
mile south of Alpine Helen (Helen is 8 miles
from the convention site),
Village is home to a unique collection of shops and
attractions. Start your day with a cup of gourmet coffee at the
Village news and coffee shop. If the great outdoors is your style,
horseback riding, flyfishing, canoeing and rafting are all here
along with two outfitters stores. Nora Mill is an historic
1876 gristmill still using waterpower for grinding. If
you're looking for shopping, the antique mall has three floors of
antiques and collectibles. You can also buy scented candles and
accessories directly from the manufacturer. The Village has some
of the best dining in the area at Nacoochee Grill, which offers an
extensive lunch and dinner menu featuring a live fire grill. There
is also a peaceful haven for mind, body, heart and spirit at the
wellness retreat and day spa. And don't forget, Habersham
Vineyards & Winery offers complimentary tastings daily of its
award winning Georgia wines.
For a taste of local
color, there are several things to see right in Cleveland, GA. For
details, check out the White
Hospital is the birthplace of the original Cabbage Patch Kids
The Old Jail, build
in 1901, today houses the White County Chamber of Commerce and
The Historic White
County Courthouse, completed in 1859, is on the Square in
Cleveland. It now houses the White County Historical Society and
Mount Yonah is the
highest peak in the county .
Unicoi Park, on the
other side of Helen, offers hiking trails and a great lodge for
More to come.