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Parks and Recreation

Roselane Recreation Complex in the county offers all the traditional sports and leagues. There are walking trails and a 24-hole disc golf course, rated number one in Georgia. There is a Senior Center and a Community Activity Center with a therapeutic pool, gymnasium and meeting rooms. Also on Rose Lane is the bowling alley.

Henderson Falls Park in Toccoa offers a playground, amphitheatre, picnic shelters, stream and waterfall, nature trail, and open space. Doyle Street Park has baseball and softball fields, community center, and a pool run by the YMCA. Alewine Park has three soccer fields. The Paul Anderson Park has a life size bronze statue to honor this Toccoan.

Golf

Black Mountain Golf course is a public nine-hole golf course designed to take advantage of the beautiful hills of Toccoa. Currahee Club is the award-winning, 1,200-acre private golf community with an 18-hole Jim Fazio designed golf course named one of the top 50 residential courses in the U.S. and top 15 courses in Georgia.

The entire eastern border of Stephens County is water. Lake Hartwell (962 miles of shoreline) and Lake Yonah provide endless water-related activities. Hartwell is one of the largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi. There are five boat access ramps on Hartwell that are also great spots for swimming and a picnic: Stephens County Park, Spring Branch, Jenkins Ferry, Bruce Creek, and Holcomb Access. North of the lake is Yonah Dam Park. Close by is the Walker Creek boat access, a place for canoes and kayaks to launch onto the Tugaloo River.

The Chattahoochee National Forest offers trails for hiking, including the Broad River Trail and Panther Creek Trail, which was named a Reader’s Choice “Top 100 Trail in the U.S.” by Backpacker Magazine. Visitors will relish beautiful waterfalls and easy access to some of the best trout fishing in Northeast Georgia. The Frady Branch Trail system is for mountain biking and horseback riding. The Locust Stake Trail system is for dirt bikes and ATV’s. TSC is consistently named as one of the “Best Towns for Sportsmen” by Outdoor Life magazine, the source for hunting and fishing adventure.

The Tugaloo Corridor is the area in the eastern portion of Stephens County, which is adjacent to the upper reaches of Lake Hartwell and abuts the Tugaloo River. The river and the lake form the eastern boundary of the county. The Corridor area extends from US 123 in the south, to Habersham County in the north. The six-mile section of the river in Stephens County is the last un-impounded section of the river. Within the Corridor area are a number of historical structures, including the Travelers’ Rest Historical site, Providence United Methodist Church, the Prather Home, and Tugaloo Bend, an 87-acre heritage site owned by The Stephens County Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit foundation created for the purpose of community benefit, and the organization which is credited with identifying the Tugaloo Corridor and its historical, recreational and educational potential. On the Tugaloo Bend property is the site of the old Estatoe Native American village. The foundation plans nature trails, educational facilities and a heritage education center highlighting Native American and 19th and 20th century settler lifestyles. The goal of the foundation is to preserve and protect the area, such

that generations to come will enjoy the educational and recreational opportunities the beautiful area offers.

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