Foothills region offers outdoor fun

If you love the outdoors, how can you help but love the Georgia mountains and Foothills. There are a number of places you’ll want to consider. Let’s take a look at a few here.

*Gainesville (pop. 26,000) is located at the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the shores of 38,000 acre, 40-mile long Lake Lanier, one of the America’s most popular lakes. Over 7.5 million people visit the lake each year.

If you need big city services, dining, shopping, transportation, culture or entertainment, Atlanta is an hour south. But, most people enjoy the golf, water recreation, great town square and cultural offerings.

When you consider the huge price appreciation that many coastal and lake communities (i.e. Hilton Head Island) have experienced, Gainesville area prices look very attractive. You’re under the radar in Gainesville, but good things don’t last, so watch for higher prices in the future.

*Blairsville (pop. 700) is considered to be a regional spot in the North Georgia mountains. Nearby Brasstown Bald mountain is nearly 5,000 feet tall. There is a lake and waterfalls and a growing equestrian community in the area. While Blairsville is small, Union County has about 20,000 residents, which supported the opening of a new Home Depot store. Union General Hospital is one of the top ranked hospitals in Georgia.

*Dahlonega (pop. 3,700) is right in the center of mountain ranges, beautiful rivers and waterfalls, but is only 1 1/2 hours from Atlanta and its major airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. Dahlonega is a beautiful historic town has over 15 annual festivals local events and a well-regarded medical center. Many Floridians and Atlantans are relocated to Dahlonega.

*Dalton (pop. 28,000) is known more nationally for being a carpet manufacturing hub than a retirement destination, but it an outstanding place to relocate.

Dalton is home to three public golf courses and two private courses. Dalton is only 28 miles from Chattanooga, TN with its University of Tennessee branch, airport and restaurants. Dalton has nearby whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River and is situated in a scenic, mountain region. The cost of living in Dalton is very affordable and the health care with several medical centers in the area is considered good. The humidity and weather in Dalton is mild.

Other towns worth a look:

Hiwassee (pop. 800), Young Harris (pop. 600), Cumming (pop. 4,220) and Chickamauga (pop. 2,300).