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The Explore 515 publication that highlights the 515 corridor in North East Georgia.

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  • DESTINATIONS & DAY TRIPS

    Explore beautiful sett ings f i l led with destinations

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    Jasper

    TateDawsonville

    Ellijay

    Blue Ridge

    Ball Ground

    Cornelia

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    Cartecay

    Clarkesville

    Talking Rock

    Gainesville

    Hiawassee

    Marble Hill

    Blairsville

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    Dahlonega

    East Ellijay

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    Explore Hwy. 515Destinations & Day Trips

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  • Welcome to the Georgia Mountain Parkway Of all North Georgias scenic highways, U.S. Highway 515, the Georgia Mountain Parkway, offers the greatest escape into the colorful and quaint communities tucked away in the states Blue Ridge Mountains heading northward into western North Carolina. Meandering through towns chocked full of unique stops, youll find some of the Southeasts best antiquing, casual or fine dining, arts and crafts from quilts to pottery and hand-hewn furniture, plus outfitters for world class hiking, whitewater rafting, swimming, fishing, golfing or just strolling the trails of exceptional greenways. Theres almost too much to do! Festivals here are prolific, enjoining travelers in celebrations extending from spring through Indian summer. Youll find music venues and one-of-a-kind cultural celebrations and showcases. Summer into mid-fall is the high season, and people who vacation here yearly book early, so look for accommodations in advance. Find the places that soothe your soul and inspire you to explore in this tranquil, diversely appealing mountain region along Hwy. 515. Our guide will accompany you to the best stops, natural wonders, must-see attractions and the rest! Year round.

    Sheila Brewington, Publisher Mountain Link

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  • Contents PICKENS COUNTY 515 Georgia Mountain Parkway Pickens County .................................................................................. 5 - 9 Natural Attractions & Outdoor Recreation ................................... 10

    GILMER COUNTY 515 Georgia Mountain Parkway Gilmer County ................................................................................ 11 - 18 Natural Attractions & Outdoor Recreation ........................... 22 - 23

    FANNIN COUNTY 515 Georgia Mountain Parkway Fannin County ........................................................................................24 Natural Attractions & Outdoor Recreation ...................................24

    UNION COUNTY 515 Georgia Mountain Parkway Union County ................................................................................. 25 - 30 Natural Attractions & Outdoor Recreation ............................30 - 31

    TOWNS COUNTY 515 Georgia Mountain Parkway Towns County .................................................................................32 - 33

    AREA MAPS KEYED TO VISITOR INFO DIRECTORIESn Accommodations n Attractions n Dining n Real Estate n Services n Shopping City of Ellijay ...................................................................................... 14 - 15 The Ellijays ....................................................................................... 16 - 17 Hwy. 515 ............................................................................................... 1 9 - 2 1 City of Blairsville ............................................................................. 28 - 29

    ADVERTISER DIRECTORY n Accommodations n Attractions n Dining n Real Estate n Services n ShoppingA complete list of all advertisers along with their name, address, phone and website .............................................................................. 34 - 39

    VISITOR CENTER INFORMATIONA list of area Chambers of Commerce with address, phone and websites .................................................................................................39

    ABOUT THE ARTISTWayne Hamby .............................................................................................. 23

  • Pickens CountyJasper, Big Canoe, Talking Rock, Tate, Nelson and Hinton

    Big Canoe is a scenic, 8,000-acre mountain residential development surrounded by over 8,000 acres of unspoiled woodlands, mountain lakes and streams, including 2,000 acres of passive recreation green space. Just an hour north of Atlanta, the community is convenient to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, via I-285 and Georgia 400, the Hospitality Highway. Big Canoe is also known as the Enchanted Land, after the first known people to inhabit the region, the Paleo Indians. The Cherokee Indians inhabited in the region, in later centuries, and suffered at the hands of white settlers after they sided with the British in the War of 1812. The town of Dahlonega formed the heart of the North Georgia Gold Rush, the first in America, until California gold prompted Gold fever due west. But at Big Canoe, marble deposits were discovered and another legacy emerged. The town of Tate dates back to before 1837-1838, years that saw the Cherokee Indians removed west. Taverns here were major stops on the Federal Road finished in 1805. Tate marble has been used in countless monuments, including the Lincoln and Alamo Memorials. Historic sites abound, including 114 on the National Register. Tours available, during the October Marble Festival.

    Gibbs Gardens is another day trip worth seeing, near Big Canoe. This is the sight built by architect Jim Gibbs, who traveled worldwide studying gardens of all styles. He built the extraordinary garden here after a six year search for a site with a strong source of water and mature trees in a rolling topography. The dream come true site is open March 1 through Nov. 30, closed major holidays and December through February.

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  • 10061 Ball Ground Hwy.Ball Ground, GA 770.735.6923wildcatonawing.com

    A Gallery of Fine American Crafts

    Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12:30-5pm

    Wildcat on a Wing evolved from a birdhouse workshop and studio into a unique American crafts gallery featuring pottery, wearables, sculpture and garden art, including hand-made jewelry, fine local crafts, hand-made clocks and purses. The colorful store takes pride in the uniqueness and high quality of works sold, from local and national artisans, including blacksmiths, glass blowers, leather craftsmen, pottery makers, woodworkers and more. A whimsical experience! Located in Ball Ground, just off of Hwy. 515.

    Tate House was built by Col. Sam Tate, Georgia Marble President, in 1925. Open for special events. Adjacent to the pink marble quarry.

    Millies is a classic diner on Hwy. 53 in Tate, offering fresh Southern grill fare in relaxed surroundings. Stop in for a delightful, unforgettable meal!

    Huddle House is a welcoming dining experience, also on Hwy. 53, for travelers and locals alike. Everyday has a friendly hello.

    Jasper is a hub for fine dining, colorful specialty shops and the Pickens County marble courthouse. A stop on the original Federal Road, the Oglethorpe Memorial is on North Main Street.

    Daisy Clothes & Accessories in Jasper offers womens clothing that reflects the colorful, casual elegance of mountain life. The boutique features shoes, jeans, handbags, and specialty items, including Brighton jewelry and Vera Bradley.

    Madelines Cafe & Bakery in Jasper is a gourmet restaurant serving an assortment of exceptional baked goods, as well as sandwiches, soups and desserts made fresh daily. The word is getting out on this restaurants amazing cakes.

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  • Jasper has a rich history to share with thepreservation of the Old Pickens County Jail and the Kirby-Quinton Cabin downtown. Diversity and friendly attractive stores keep Antiquing in Jasper a popular destination.

    Antiques & Treasures706-253-74671227 B East Church St.

    Junktiques706-253-229523 Mary St.

    Nanas Outback706-253-621412 Summit Dr.

    Weeks Jewelry706-253-921157 Main St.

    Antiques, Art and Collectibles. Open 7 Days

    Something for everyone. Put a little junk in your trunk

    Join us for a walk down memory lane. Antiques, Glassware, and Collectibles.

    Estate and Fine Jewelry.

    Antique Shoppingin Jasper

    A Special Experience

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  • Elegant Mountain Furnishings/DNRWD&RYHFRP230 Old Mill White Rd. Ext. Jasper, Ga. 30143 Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 1 to 5

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  • Talking Rock is a picturesque town formerly booming in the late 1800s, and now a venue for gift and antique emporiums. Visit the Talking Rock Festival the third weekend in October.

    Lakota Cove is an exceptional destination for rustic home furnishings gallery celebrating the western spirit of the envir