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Things To Do

Here are just a few attractions and things to do in the Hiawassee, GA area.
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Area Vineyards

The Georgia Wine Highway.  Not all wineries can be visited in a single day, but the locations of our vineyards along the route makes it possible to dine and shop for multiple day touring.

Henson Cove is proud to offer wine tastings for 2 at Hightower Creek Vineyards. At Hightower Creek Vineyards they strive to create wines that reflect the people and places of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each bottle of our wine represents the hard work of family and friends - from the vineyard, to the cellar, to you. Pair with good food and better company. Serve with a smile.

Henson Cove Place Bed and Breakfast also offers wine tastings for 2 at Crane Creek Vineyards. At Crane Creek Vineyards, we like to think that wines made from our grapes are an expression of our unique area. Our twelve acres of vines are planted in a variety of grapes, including the European varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. We also grow the old world French American hybrid varieties of Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Villard Noir along with the modern hybrid Chardonel. The native American varieties Norton and Catawba round out our unique varietal collection.

Lazy River Tubing

The West Tubing Co. is North Carolina's Newest Tubing Adventure and open for 2021. Offering slow river tubing along with GREAT food, beers and wines availabile at the main center. West Tubing Company offers tubing and float trips on beautiful Brasstown Creek in Warne, North Carolina, near Hayesville.

Next on our list is Cool River Tubing Company's tube trips include your tube, U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver, shuttle service, and family fun in the sun on the Chattahoochee River through the scenic Alpine Village of Helen, GA.

Wildwood Outfitters offers trips for everyone. Four sections of the Chattahoochee River provide great opportunities for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking for the whole family.

Lake Chatuge

A 133 sq. mile lake that spans Georgia and North Carolina provides GREAT fishing, boating and a public beach across from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Located just 7 minutes from Henson Cove Place.  Jackrabbit State Park, in Hayesville, NC offers swimming, mountain bike and hiking trails, as well as picnic areas for a great outdoor day. Located about 20 minutes from Henson Cove Place. Ask about some local swimming holes in the area.


The Georgia and North Carolina Mountains have some of the best antique hunting or shopping in the south. Check out the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin, NC.   We also have the Hiawassee Antique Mall right in downtown Hiawassee.

Brasstown Bald

The tallest mountain in Georgia. Visitors can either take the tram or hike to the observation tower on the peak of the mountain, where it is possible to see four states on clear days. View the Brasstown Bald visitor information center site by clicking HERE.

Welcome to “Unto These Hills.” Where Cherokee history dramatically comes to life.

A spectacular reimagining of the Cherokee story, “Unto These Hills” is an outdoor drama that stirs the soul nightly. With sensational artistry this critically acclaimed production portrays the gripping legacy of the Cherokee people through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, and finally culminating in the present day where the Cherokee people continue to rewrite their place in the world: a place based in traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities. Thousands of years in the making, "Unto These Hills" covers ritual, betrayal, love, action, suspense, and loss. Talented actors adorned in gorgeous costume dance, sing, and exhilarate amid elaborate sets complete with fog and fire, haunting music, and thundering surround-sound effects.

Appalachian Trail

Hike the famous Appalachian Trail, just 5 miles east of Car Miles Road and Henson Cove Place. Transportation to the Appalachian Trail is provided for FREE for guests. Please inquire about transportation costs if you are not a guest or just hiking the trail.

Area Horseback Riding

Chunky Gal Stables. You can enjoy guided horseback excursions through clean and scenic forest service trails at these stables that also offers horse training services, riding lessons, and short and long term boarding. Approximately 20 minutes from the Cove. Get a discount at Chunky Gal Stables by reserving through Henson Cove Place Bed and Breakfast.

Brasstown Valley Stables. Featuring five miles of trails, the new Stables will primarily offer one- and two-hour guided mountain trail rides, accommodating all experience levels from beginner to advanced. Guests will meander through open fields, hardwood forests and crystal-clear trout streams as they travel throughout the property. Custom excursions, hayrides and catered picnic rides also will be available for both individual and group outings.

Track Rock Stables covers over 250 acres bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest offering an adventure you will long remember. Their beautiful valley is home to wild turkey, deer, and many other wildlife along with lush, colorful foliage.

Boating at Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters Resort & Marina proudly features a wide variety of luxury rental boats on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Enjoy a leisurely cruise aboard one of their pontoon boat rentals. Pull into a quiet cove for a picnic and swim, or try your hand at fishing with a runabout. For a comfortable ride plus a day full of tubing fun, try their new Sport Pontoon with a double tube. If you’re looking for an exciting day of watersports, speed down the lake in a deluxe ski boat, deck boat or jet ski rentals. For the ultimate riding experience, take out a Malibu Wakesetter and spend the day wakeboarding and surfing on Lake Chatuge.

Area Spas

We have excellent spas in the area with one right in Hiawassee. Body Sense is right in downtown Hiawassee with GREAT massages, natural products and other services. Make a reservation for relaxing today!

Nestled within the majestic beauty of Brasstown Valley, the Equani Spa offers a true sanctuary from the stress of the urban life. Infusing the spirit of this serene environment into every first-class service, we provide body treatments, facials, soothing massages and unique rituals indigenous to the Cherokee people, designed to stimulate and refresh the mind, body and soul.

The Biltmore Mansion

America's Largest Home! Explore the 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard and create memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and much more! Just one and a half hours from Hiawassee.

Local Mountain Railway Treks

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, into tunnels and through river gorges in a spectacular region called The Great Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges. Choose from a variety of round trip excursions, including a unique dining experience!

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The regular 4 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage climate controlled or open air railcars. The relaxing ride starts at the historic depot, built in 1905 in downtown Blue Ridge, then stops for a layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN where visitors have a two hour layover; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, visit the Operating Model Railroad display or explore the areas.

Whitewater Rafting/Zip Lines

The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been in business for over 40 years, having pioneered whitewater rivers in 35 countries, hosted four world championships, and produced 22 Olympians including two gold medalists. Recognized as "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic ADVENTURE, you can always trust the NOC to provide you with the whitewater rafting experience of a lifetime.

Wildwater Whitewater Rafting and Canopy Zipline Tours pioneer of the Southeast. Pigeon River, Ocoee River, Chattooga River, Nantahala River, and Asheville, NC.

Chattooga Rafting Whitewater rafting near Hiawassee on the Chattooga River is not only a blast, it’s also a surprisingly affordable vacation adventure for a family or group. You can customize your Georgia whitewater rafting experience by choosing the trip that fits your experience and skill level,