Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 114

Appalachian Trail day hiker enjoys vibrant spring foliage, mountain laurel and fire azaleas. (Mountain Laurel peak blooms in May – photo credit Jack Anthony) Largemouth bass weighing from twelve to fifteen pounds can be caught at Smith Lake in Unicoi State Park. Anglers can also catch catfish, bluegill, and crappie. offer picnic destinations for families or inspiration for the adventurous. Headwaters of the Chattahoochee River pour through the Alpine Village of Helen, Smithgall Woods State Park and high altitude streams where Unicoi Outfitters (2015 Orvis Dealer of the Year’ Award Finalist) are ready to offer days of trophy trout fishing year round. Flat and white water canoeing, kayaking and rafting are available on Smith Lake at Unicoi State Park and on the Rivers as it makes its way south to Lake Lanier. White County is a part of the first gold rush in the United States (1828); gold and gem panning is a part of the history and mystery of these ancient mountains. Enjoy scenic, canopy-top zip lines and challenge courses at one of four Outdoor Adventure Parks including Georgia’s newest adventure Lodge at Unicoi State Park. For an aerial view, try zip-lining over rivers, through forests and down mountainsides; challenge your skills with ropes courses and bungee swings. Try rock climbing and rappelling off of Yonah Mountain, a landmark that is rimmed by sheer cliffs. White County also offers a quieter side of Mother Natures’ playground. Scenic golf courses with manicured fairways are waiting for visitors. Golf Pros at Innsbruck and Mossy Creek stand ready to assist. Seven wineries comprise the Unicoi Wine Trail and open their tasting room doors to the world. From one of Georgia’s oldest wineries, Habersham Vineyards and Winery to CeNita Vineyards & Winery, which opened in 2015, White County’s wineries offer something for everyone. Sit back and relax with some of Georgia’ finest wines. The Georgia State Senate has designated White County as Georgia’s official Outdoor Adventure Destination. Make it your outdoor adventure destination soon. For information, call the White County Chamber of Commerce 706-865-5356 or visit whitecountychamber.org. White County... Where Mother Nature Comes to Play...a Lifetime's Adventure Every Day. 112 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors Rediscover the great outdoors on a mountain bike and elevate your sense of adventure. There here over 60 trails in the Northeast Georgia Mountains to fit all skill levels and can last from 2 hours to all day, so pack a picnic, grab your camera, and enjoy waterfalls along the way. Woody’s Mountain Bikes operates under USDA Forest Service Permit and features bicycle trips, new and used bike sales, tune-ups, repairs and rentals. (photo credits Bill Vanderford)