Get Wet & Cool Off!

Some of our favorite places for a hot summer day

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than getting wet in a creek, river, lake or even a waterfall! If you’re looking for a place to cool off, consider a visit to one of these popular areas and attractions:

Lake Blue Ridge

Ready to get out on the lake for a day of boating, skiing or just relaxing? Head over to Lake Blue Ridge Marina to inquire about renting a pontoon boat or a stand-up paddleboard for a fun day out on the water.

Morganton Point Recreation Area

This is the perfect spot to spend a day swimming in the lake or playing on the beach (yes, there’s even sand!). There are picnic tables and a covered pavilion, plus a boat ramp. Day use fee is $5 per vehicle, and campsites are available. Visit Cradle of Forestry in America for details.

Toccoa River

You’ll find several Toccoa River access points along the Aska Road area, including the Toccoa River Rapids, Shallowford Bridge and Sandy Bottoms. Below the dam, access areas include Tammen Park and Horseshoe Bend Park. Several outfitters can put you in tubes, kayaks or canoes most anywhere along the river, including:

Aska Adventure Kayaking

Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking

Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters

Toccoa Valley Campground (pictured at top)

Deep Hole Recreation Area

There’s plenty to do here, off Hwy. 60 south of Morganton, including fishing, camping, picnicking and canoeing (Deep Hole is the start of the Toccoa River Canoe Trail). Day use fee is $3 per vehicle, plus camping is available onsite. Visit the US Forest Service for details.

Cooper Creek Recreation Area & Sea Creek Falls

Continue driving on Hwy. 60 a few miles beyond Deep Hole and you’ll come to the Cooper Creek Rec. Area. Turn off onto Forest Service Road 4 to access two creeks, Cooper Creek and nearby Mulky Creek, both perfect for trout fishing or wading. Or take the short hike to the double cascades of Sea Creek Falls. Visit the US Forest Service for details.

Helton Creek Falls

A rock slide for the kids and a veil of water to stand behind make Helton Creek Falls (pictured above) a must-do activity in nearby Blairsville. A short hike allows you to explore the beauty of both the upper and lower falls. Perfect for a hot summer day! Visit the Blairsville-Union County Chamber’s website for more details.

Map It Out

Stop by any Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for maps of waterfalls and water access points. Or download from the website here.