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    Enjoy Recreation and Nature In Suches, Georgia

    Located high in the North Georgia Mountains at the intersection of state highways 60 and 180 is the unincorporated community of Suches, Georgia. Just south of Blairsville and sandwiched between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge, Suches is one of Georgia's best kept secrets. So, if you are looking for somewhere different to spend part of the day during your Georgia travel, then why not spend some time here.

    One of the most interesting places to visit in Suches is the footbridge over the Toccoa River. The 265 foot long suspension bridge is the longest one east of the Mississippi River. Known by many as "the swinging bridge", it was built to make it easier for those hiking the Benton McKaye Trail to get across the Toccoa River.

    Suches is convenient to the Chattahoochee National Forest and its many outdoor activities. One such place is Sosebee Cove. The cove is only three tenths of a mile, but it is home to 2 dozen wildflower species, as well as splendidly tall trees. Also in the Chattahoochee National Forest is 18 acre Lake Winfield Scott, where you can go swimming in a roped off area, pass the time fishing or stretch your legs on the easy 1.8 mile Elizabeth Dee Lawson Trail. While visiting the lake, you can access the Appalachian Trail by following the logging road from the end of the summer home area to its junction at Jarrard Gap. The trail is well maintained and it is one of the shortest approaches to the AT.

    At nearby Cooper Creek, you can spend time trout fishing, canoeing, or trekking along the many hiking trails. The Hemlock and White Pine Stands trail will enthrall you with its stand of large trees, many of which are 3-4 feet in diameter. Other trails include the Coopers Creek Trail, the Mill Shoals Trail, or the Old Growth Trail.

    By Janet Slagell

    Getting There:

    For attractions and events happening throughout the state of Georgia, and to plan your trip visit the State of Georgia Tourism website at or call Toll-Free: 1-800-VISIT GA (847-4842).

    Photo Credits: MS