Hiawassee Young Harris
Young Harris College was started in 1886 as the McTyeire Institute with the purpose of providing the first and only educational opportunities to the residents of the isolated area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, Young Harris College is a private, four year division II Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college. The current president is Cathy Cox, former Georgia Secretary of State.
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Beautiful Brasstown Bald, rising 4,784 feet above sea level, is Georgia's highest mountain. On clear days, the spectacular 360-degree view from atop the mountain allows you to see four states, including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The Visitor Information Center, located on the summit of the Bald, offers exhibits, video presentations and interpretive programs.
The Fairgrounds offer a wide-variety of unique venues, and beautiful year-round camping facilities. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention.
The Towns County Beach is open to the public, free of charge, for swimming, picnics, and a full playground. There is also a concession building during the summer season.
There is one large and one small covered picnic shelter which may be reserved for use through the Commissioner’s Office at 706-896-2276.
Lake Chatuge has 7,000 surface acres at full pool and lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The reservoir was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1942. Today Lake Chatuge is operated for many purposes, including flood control, augmentation of flows for navigation, hydropower production, protection of aquatic resources, and recreation. Lake Chatuge hosted the 2014 Bassmaster College Fishing National Championships.