On this week’s episode of Georgia Traveler, we're exploring "Scenic Mountain Highways" U.S. 76 and 19, Georgia 180 and 75. David gets away to the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area near Helen and Keely hikes a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Our tallest talent meets Georgia's tallest point when Phil visits the legendary Brasstown Bald. Keely finds down home food at Mary Ann's Country Kitchen in Young Harris and the trio has family fun at the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee.
Getaway: Smithgall Woods and Duke’s Creek (Helen) – Watch This Segment Online
At 6000 acres of pristine forest and recreation area, Smithgall Woods is the second largest state park in Georgia. Donated to the state in 1994 by Charles Smithgall, Smithgall Woods is the perfect spot to get away from it all. Visitors can enjoy hunting, overnight stays, take part in the Master Naturalist program, or, as David Zelski discovers, you just might catch a big one in Duke’s Creek! www.gastateparks.org
Outdoor Activity: Appalachian Trail (Dawsonville) – Watch This Segment Online
The Appalachian Trail stretches over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine, and Keely steps off our route to hike up Blood Mountain, which is the part of the AT most traveled in Georgia. She starts out her trek at Mountain Crossings for a guide and some advice. Along the way she sees some amazing scenery, and crosses under the only manmade structure that the Appalachian Trail passes through. The long hike up Blood Mountain is rewarding, but the view from the top really takes the cake! www.nps.gov and www.mountaincrossings.com
Local Legend: Brasstown Bald (Young Harris) – Watch This Segment Online
Brasstown Bald near Young Harris is the highest point in the state of Georgia, and aside from Georgia, parts of three other states are visible from the peak: South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Phil with camera in tow climbs to the top and catches a glimpse of Keely and some down-home cooking! www.fs.fed.us
Food Find: Mary Ann’s Country Kitchen (Young Harris) – Watch This Segment Online
When traveling through Young Harris, the locals all point to one place for the best home cooking around, Mary Ann’s Country Kitchen. Keely puts on her chef’s hat and apron and takes home Mary Ann’s own personal peach cobbler recipe. With food like fried chicken, rice, gravy, and chicken and dumplings on the menu, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Join Keely and Mary Ann for a bite! Mary Ann’s doesn’t have a website just yet, but you can find them at 871 US Highway 76, Young Harris, GA 30582. You can reach them by phone at (706) 379-2136. www.mountaintopga.com
Family Fun: Georgia Mountain Fair (Hiawassee) – Watch This Segment Online
Each year the Towns County Lions Club holds the Georgia Mountain Fair, an event that had our Traveler team shaking with anticipation. The fair features a working pioneer village with a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse, a wood-splitting demonstration, and even a moonshine still. While Keely and David sample the pioneer village and rides, Phil goes on a hunt for fair food. From funnel cakes and turkey legs to kettle corn and homemade lemonade, Phil is stuffed by the time it’s over. The gang ends its trip by sitting for a portrait…we were sure surprised how it came out! www.georgia-mountain-fair.com
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