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Young-Harris is a small town located in northeast Georgia in Towns County. As of the 2000 census, the population was 604 residents. The town is home to Young Harris College, from which it got its' name. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but has students from all different backgrounds. Nestled among the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Young Harris offers a wide variety of attractions, and an ideal location near the Chattahoochee, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. One of the most popular draws is Chatuge Lake. The lake is situated in the northern part of Towns County, with part of it reaching into North Carolina. It has a shoreline of 132 miles and provides swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing, tubing, picnicking around the lake, hiking and more. Equipment rentals are also available at Lake Chatuge. White water rafting is another popular activity in the Young Harris/Towns County region. Several rivers and rafting outfitters offer everything you'll need - no matter what your skill level. Young Harris is a small town, but has everything you need, such as great family-owned restaurants, cafes and charming bistros, shopping, art galleries, theatre and cinemas. A variety of accommodations are available in cabin rentals, motels and mountain resorts. Also, some of the best golf in Georgia can be found in northeast Georgia. Young Harris is approximately a two-hour drive from both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Surrounding areas: Hiawassee, Georgia (5.2 mi), Blairsville, Georgia (7.4 mi), Helen, Georgia (17.3 mi), Lake Burton, Georgia (18.1 mi), Suches, Georgia (19.6 mi), Blue Ridge Lake, Georgia (23.9 mi), Lake Rabun, Georgia (25.0 mi)

Young Harris Vacation Rentals

Young Harris Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA5.2 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA5.2 mi.(706) 896-5253
Seasons InnBox 10 On The SQBlairsville, GA7.4 mi.(706) 745-1631
Holiday Inn Express333 Fisher StBlairsville, GA7.7 mi.(706) 745-6844
Days Inn754 Hwy 64 WMurphy, NC15.1 mi.(828) 837-8030
Econo Lodge100 Ter StMurphy, NC15.1 mi.(828) 837-8880
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Holiday DrMurphy, NC15.1 mi.(828) 837-1111
Best Western Murphy1522 Andrews RdMurphy, NC15.2 mi.(828) 837-3060
Chattahoochee Ridge LodgeHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-3144
Comfort Inn HelenEdelweiss DrHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-8000
Econo Lodge Helen749 Bruken Strase StHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-2141
Econo Lodge749 Brukenstasse StHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-2141
Heidi Motel Helen8820 North Main StHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-2689
Helendorf Aso33 MunichstrasseHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-2271
Holiday Inn Express8171 Hwy 75 NHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-8888
Ramada Limited11 Edelweiss StHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-1451
Unicoi State Park And Lodge1788 Hwy 356Helen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-2201
Hampton Inn - Helen On The River147 Unicoi StHelen, GA17.4 mi.(706) 878-3310
Hofbrauhaus Inn1 Main StHelen, GA17.6 mi.(706) 878-2248
Best Western Alpine Helen8220 S Main StHelen, GA17.8 mi.(706) 878-2111
Days Inn Helen8288 S Main StHelen, GA17.8 mi.(706) 878-4079
Super 8 Motel-helen8396 S Main StHelen, GA17.8 mi.(706) 878-2191
Country Inn And Suites By Carlson877 Edelweiss StrasseHelen, GA17.9 mi.(706) 878-9000
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC18.6 mi.(888) 777-7901
Days Inn1100 BurkemontMorganton, GA23.5 mi.(828) 430-8778
Days Inn ClevelandHwy 129Cleveland, GA23.7 mi.(706) 865-4079
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA25.6 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA25.6 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA25.6 mi.(706) 782-2214
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA26.2 mi.(706) 746-5321
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA26.5 mi.(706) 746-3383
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC27.0 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC27.0 mi.(828) 479-3256
Comfort Inn & Suites83 Blue Rdg OverlookBlue Ridge, GA27.5 mi.(706) 946-3333
Douglas Inn & Suites1192 Windy RDG RdBlue Ridge, GA27.5 mi.(706) 258-3600
Ramada Ltd-blue Ridge30 Overview DrBlue Ridge, GA27.5 mi.(706) 632-4444
Howard Johnson Dahlonega1010 MTN DrDahlonega, GA28.8 mi.(706) 864-4343
Days Inn Dahlonega1065 Chestatee StDahlonega, GA29.1 mi.(706) 864-2338
Holiday Inn Express835 S Chestatee StDahlonega, GA29.1 mi.(706) 867-7777
Bed & Breakfast
Angels Landing Inn94 Campbell StMurphy, NC14.9 mi.(828) 835-8877

Young Harris Weather & Climate

The Mountains, due to their mild summer temperatures, have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Midsummer afternoon temperatures average only around 80 degrees at elevations of 3,000 feet or higher. Nights are crisp and cool, but seldom too cold for outdoor activities or camping. In winter, snowfall is likely most years, but ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply. Large amounts of snow and extreme low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Rainfall is common in spring and summer. In spring, storm systems that bring cold weather southward reach North Carolina less often and less forcefully than in other parts of the country. Occasional invasions of cool dry air from the north continue during the summer, but are of short duration. Fall has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 5.88 in. -
February 51°F 26°F 5.11 in. -
March 59°F 33°F 6.41 in. -
April 67°F 40°F 4.62 in. -
May 74°F 49°F 4.77 in. -
June 80°F 57°F 4.59 in. -
July 84°F 61°F 4.55 in. -
August 83°F 60°F 4.51 in. -
September 77°F 54°F 4.25 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 3.79 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 4.96 in. -
December 50°F 27°F 4.75 in. -

Young Harris Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 61 miles north of Young Harris in Knoxville, Tennessee, Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located approximately 66 miles south of Young Harris in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located roughly 66 miles northeast of Young Harris in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Winder Barrow airport (WDR) located around 66 miles south of Young Harris in Winder, Georgia, and finally the Athens Ben Epps airport (AHN) located about 74 miles south of Young Harris in Athens, Georgia.

Young Harris Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC48.0 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC48.0 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC58.5 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN61.4 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN61.4 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN66.6 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA78.7 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA79.9 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA81.6 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA87.5 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA89.5 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA53.2 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA78.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA7.4 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC8.0 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC8.0 mi.
Cherokee Hills Golf & Country ClubMurphyNC15.0 mi.
Innsbruck Golf ClubHelenGA17.4 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA25.7 mi.
College Park Municipal Golf CourseCollege ParkGA27.1 mi.
Nicklaus Golf Club At Birch RiverDahlonegaGA28.9 mi.
Apple Mountain ResortClarkesvilleGA29.0 mi.
Copper Basin Golf ClubCopperhillTN29.8 mi.
Skitt Mountain Golf CourseClevelandGA29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC30.5 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC58.5 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC95.7 mi.
State Parks
Chatuge State ParkGA2.8 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA14.5 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA16.4 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA16.4 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA24.9 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA34.1 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN50.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN71.1 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC82.5 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN83.2 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN83.2 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC86.3 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA87.5 mi.

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