There are many shopping, dining and recreational opportunities in the Lake Chatuge area. Here's a list of some of our favorites. There's so much to do - plan to stay awhile.
Distances shown are estimated distances from Rushing Waters Cabin. Direction are only a guide and you should consult a map for exact location and directions. Hours of operation are as of last inquiry and no updates will be made; you should call the location for current hours of operation.
LAKE CHATUGE (North Carolina side) (10 minutes)
Chatuge Cove Marina
Boat and watercraft rentals
On Highway 175, south of Highway 64
Picnic, fishing and swimming area and public boat ramps available off Highway 64, just west of Cold Branch Road on Highway 64. Look for sign for boat ramp on right after the picnic area (boat ramp on left)
LAKE CHATUGE (Hiawasee GA) (15-20 minutes)
Beautiful views of Lake Chatuge
>> In Hiawassee, restaurants serve alcohol and groceries sell beer and alcohol
RESTAURANT / BAR: The Yacht Club (on Lake)
3379 Highway 76 West, Hiawassee, Georgia
Lunch / Dinner 11:00 AM -10:00 PM Every day; 'Til Midnight Friday /Saturday
Outdoor Patio/ Small Tiki Bar
On Highway 76, a few blocks east of Highway 69
RESTAURANT / BAR: Old Hiawassee Grille (on Lake)
3493 Highway 76 West, Hiawassee, Georgia
Monday : Dinner Only 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday -Saturday: Lunch 11:30 - 2:30 PM (Closed 2:30-4:00 PM)
Happy Hour starts at 4 PM
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: Dinner 5: 00 - 10:00 PM
Sunday: Brunch 11:00 -2:30 PM Outdoor Dining / Full Bar
BOAT / WATERCRAFT RENTAL: Chatuge Boat Marina, Hiawasee, GA
All of the Hiawassee, Georgia locations abofe are located on Highway 76 in Hiawassee , a few blocks east of Highway 69
MURPHY FLEA MARKET (20-30 minutes)
Great Flea Market with mountain crafts, décor, thrifters and junkers
Lots of fun - Saturday and Sunday only
From Hayesville, take Highway 64 west towards Murphy - turn left on 19/74 in Murphy and continue for a few miles. Flea market is on your left off one of the main streets
TELLICO RIVER NC AND BALD RIVER FALLS (About 1 1/2 hours W)
Stunningly beautiful river and amazing waterfall !!!!
DIRECTIONS: Beginning of Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains, TN - make sure you take the route along the river, at the beginning of the Skyway (you have to detour toward right). Check at Information Center.
From Hayesville, take 64 West to 19/74 South / West in Murphy, make a right on 294 (around Ranger), continue on 294 to 68 (shortly after Tennessee line), head North on 68 towards Farner / then Tellico Plains.
CITY OF HELEN (40
minutes - 1 hour S)
Touristy but a must see - re-creation of an alpine village; seems to have lots of nightlife. Best part of Helen is tubing down the river.
On GA Highway 75
GORGE GA (About 1
1/2 hours S)
Stunning gorge; state park
On Highway 441, south of Clayton. Clayton provides other great sites with natural beauty.
FOREST STATE PARK (About
2 hours E)
Nice waterfall hikes (3 waterfalls); Near Brevard
CHIMNEY ROCK, LAKE LURE NC (About
½ hours E)
Stunning mountain/rock formation - climb to top
This whole area is beautiful: beautiful rock-filled river, stunning Lake Lure
| Transylvania County Waterfalls(About
E- Near Brevard)
Sliding Rock Falls; Whitewhater Falls; Looking Glass Falls and more
SEE all major Waterfalls in North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Cornelius Vanderbilt's North Carolina Residence
Lake Chatuge Information Guide An excellent source for area information with online links. Opens in another window.