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    Best Georgia Mountain Retreat

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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Georgia Mountain Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge, Georgia

    Best Georgia Mountain Retreat BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Cloudland Canyon

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Helen

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge

    Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Georgia mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    blueridgeonline.com


    Runner-up: Helen


    www.helenga.org

    Best mountain escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Runner-up
    Asheville, N.C.


    Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Vogel State Park (Coosa Backcountry and Blood Mountain Trails)

    Best Place to Mountain Bike BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Stone Mountain Park (Featured)

    Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Blue Ridge Mountains

    Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Chattooga River

    BEST MOUNTAIN ESCAPE


    In the early 1970s, the CHATTOOGA RIVER was officially dubbed one of the nation’s first “Wild and Scenic Rivers.” That remains an apt description for the river, which rises in North Carolina before forming the northernmost part of the Georgia and South Carolina border. Its awe-inspiring rapids (which non-experts should only attempt on trips led by highly qualified guides) cut a gorgeous gorge through verdant, unspoiled mountains. There are only a couple of road crossings and no buildings along the Wild and Scenic stretches: Section 3, which intersperses steep drops with scenic pools, and Section 4, where the rapids get steeper and more frequent. To really escape from civilization, set aside a whole weekend for an overnight trip on both sections.
    Nantahala Outdoor Center, 888-905-7238, www.noc.com; Wildwater Limited, 800-451-9972, www.wildwaterrafting.com.

    Best Campsite BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Red Top Mountain State Park
    653 Red Top Mountain Road Cartersville, Ga. 770-975-0055 www.ngeorgia.com/parks/red.html

    Best Campsite You Can Drive To BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2005
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Black Rock Mountain State Park
    Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians.more...

    Named for its sheer, dark-hued cliffs, BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK sits in the far northeast corner of the state, where Georgia meets the Carolinas. With an altitude topping out at 3,640 feet, it also boasts the highest point in a Georgia state park, offering 80-mile views of the southern Appalachians. The 1,740-acre park also is home to fields of wildflowers; 11 miles of trails; a 17-acre lake for catching bass, bream, catfish, perch and trout; and 64 campsites, ranging from $3-$21 per night.
    800-864-7275. gastateparks.org/info/blackrock.

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    Best Hills to Head For BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Amicalola Falls State Park (Featured)
    In Cherokee, "amicalola" means "tumbling waters." AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK AND LODGE has plenty of those - the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, in fact. It's also got some of the state's best darn tootin' paths for day-trippers or hardcore hikers, such as the eight-mile trail that goes upmore...
    In Cherokee, "amicalola" means "tumbling waters." AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK AND LODGE has plenty of those - the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, in fact. It's also got some of the state's best darn tootin' paths for day-trippers or hardcore hikers, such as the eight-mile trail that goes up to Springer Mountain and the beginning of the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trial. The park has tent sites, cottages, a 57-room lodge and, heck, even one of them newfangled conference centers. But the further away from these tourist trappings you hike, the prettier the park gets. "240 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville. 800-864-7275 (reservations), 706-265-4703 (park office). gastateparks.org/info/amicalola." less...

    Best Place to Head for the Hills BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2004
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Helen, Ga.

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