Our Top 10 things to do around the Cove!

1) Apple/Fruit Picking (45 minutes) 

Apple season runs from late August through December. Mercier Orchards is one of the best for Apples. Try to avoid peak times, as it can get crowded! Click here to learn more!

2) Kayaking / Paddleboarding

Three kayaks and two stand up paddleboard are available for guest use with personal flotation devices.

3) Lakeshore walks/fishing

From approximately October through April, the lake water levels are low enough to accommodate peaceful, yet muddy, lakeshore strolls. Fishing Rods and some equipment can be found on the dock. Fishing off the dock is often successful.

4) Hiking

Being surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains gives you the opportunity to explore countless miles of hiking trails and amazing waterfalls! Brasstown Bald (35 minutes) Highest peak in GA at 4,784 feet above sea level. Two strenuous trails provide hiker access from the base or you can drive most of the way to the top and then hike or take a bus for the last .6 mile. Make sure to check road status prior to winter visits. The Appalachian Trail is the world's longest continuous hiking trail that is maintained and marked. Various nearby segments make for good day hikes. Click here to learn more!

5) Lake Burton Fish Hatchery (40 minutes) 

Short, fun, educational experience and can make for a nice outing when combined with a nearby hike along scenic Moccasin Creek. Click here to learn more!

6) Jackrabbit Mountain Biking (20 minutes) 

This is an awesome, purpose built trail system in a "stacked loop" configuration. The trails themselves are mostly fast, with lots of rolling dips and berms, and a few technical areas. They take you along the shores and hills beside Lake Chatuge. Click here to learn more!

7) Horseback Riding/ Golf (10 to 20 minutes)

Brasstown Valley Resort Stables and Golf! Frommer's describes this massive resort as "one of the South's best-kept travel secrets.” The lodge porch about a five minute drive from the stables is a beautiful setting to enjoy your favorite beverages. Click here to learn more!

8) Equani Spa (10 minutes)

We all strive for spiritual heights, but there is something to be said for the physical healing offered at the Brasstown Valley Spa. Click here to learn more!

9) Helen (30 minutes)

It’s kitschy and it’s touristy, but people still like it. Visit www.helenga.org to learn more about this imitation Bavarian village.

10) Tank Town (35 minutes)

Drive a military tank, military truck, or operate heavy construction equipment. Or, if money is not much of an object, drive a military tank and crush a car with it. Click here to learn more!