A publication of Appalachian Voices

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Hidden Treasures #3 – Georgia


Welcome to the third installment of our exploration of some of the most beautiful, off-the-beaten-path places in the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains. In this issue, we hand picked some water-related hot spots perfect for late summer days: hikes, waterfalls, swimming holes and everything in between — areas that are perfect for dipping your toes, or your whole self, into the water.

Wildcat Creek

Wildcat Creek

Photo by John Cothron

Wildcat Creek is a brilliant creek with an inviting swimming hole nestled among the trees in the Lake Burton Wildlife Management area. A major attraction at Wildcat is the “sliding rock,” where water flows down a flat stone, creating a natural waterslide. Trout fishing is also popular, during trout season in the spring the creek is heavily packed with rainbow and brown trout from the nearby Lake Burton Fish Hatchery. There are two campgrounds close-by, and the creek provides activities for all ages with plenty of room for relaxation. — By Anna Norwood

More Info: Located between Helen and Clayton in the Lake Burton area. Visit: northgeorgiamountainfreak.blogspot.com/2008/09/wildcat-creek-has-lot-to-offer.html

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