Parks & Nature

Sam Pitts Park

Located one block from the square and along the scenic Soque River, the park boast two playgrounds, a gazebo and picnic pavilions, a large stage, a walking trail, and plenty of open greenspace. The covered stage at the park is home to outdoor summer concerts and movies.

Mary Street Park:

Quiet, serene park located less than 1/4 mile from town, adjacent to Clarkesville Greenways and Soque River. Picnic Pavilion, lush shade trees.


Mauldin House Gardens and City Park:

Located at 458 Jefferson Street, Downtown Clarkesville.
Home to thousands of flowers in every imaginable color, the Mauldin Garden is a Clarkesville treasure. Winding brick paths lead you through the garden and around the historic Mauldin House, Millinery Shop and Big Holly Cabin. What better place to take a stroll or to eat lunch with your friends? There is no fee to visit the Mauldin Gardens. It is the City of Clarkesville's gift to the community. The garden features many native and rare plants, a koi pond, and old well and is a popular spot for photography. Be sure to look high and low when you visit so you won't miss any garden gems.
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Clarkesville Greenways:

A developing recreational trail system providing activities such as walking, jogging, hiking, bird watching, nature study, fishing, picnicking and outdoor fun.Also home to a natural wetland.
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Tallulah Gorge State Park

The 2,711-acre Tallulah Gorge State Park is home to one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States. Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
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Black Rock Mountain State Park

Located in Rabun County, Black Rock Mountain State Park, named for its sheer cliffs of dark-colored biotite gneiss, encompasses some of the most outstanding country in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Located astride the Eastern Continental Divide at an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is the highest state park in Georgia.
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Moccasin Creek State Park

Known as the park “where spring spends the summer,” Moccasin Creek is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of lovely 2,800-acre Lake Burton in Rabun County.
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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge

North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property in White County and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing. Perfect for hikers, bikers, trout fisherman and tour groups. The Lodge at Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways or corporate retreats.
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Unicoi State Park and Lodge

Nestled in the north Georgia mountains just two miles from the Alpine village of Helen in White County, Unicoi is one of Georgia’s most beloved state parks.  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and biking on scenic mountain trails, especially those leading to Helen and Anna Ruby Falls. Craft lovers should not miss the lodge gift shop specializing in hand-made quilts and local pottery. Numerous picnic tables are located throughout the park.
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Lake Russell Recreation Area

There's plenty to keep the whole family busy between the water sports, hiking trails, campground and picnic sites. The 42 campsites overlook the lake and can even accommodate five 40 foot RV's as well as tent campers.
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Panther Creek Recreation Area

Located in the Chattooga Ranger District, this cool wooded site on Panther Creek has two picnic shelters. Picnicking, hiking and fishing are available. Panther Creek Falls Trail (5.5 miles) is noted for its beautiful variety of wildflowers and ferns. The stream offers excellent opportunities for trout fishermen.
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