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Chatuge State Park
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Chatuge State Park is a picturesque destination known for its serene beauty. It offers various recreational activities like boating, fishing and camping amidst lush greenery and the stunning Chatuge Lake. The park's diverse wildlife, hiking trails, picnic spots make it an ideal place for nature lovers.

History of the Area
Located in Hiawassee, Georgia, the area now known as a state park was originally inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The Tennessee Valley Authority constructed Chatuge Dam on the Hiwassee River during 1941-42 for flood control and electricity generation purposes. This resulted in Lake Chatuge's formation which is central to today's recreational activities.

The land around it became increasingly popular due to its natural beauty and water-based recreation opportunities such as boating, fishing etc., leading towards development of camping sites initially. Over time these developed into more structured facilities including cabins and picnic areas.

In recent years there has been an increased focus on conservation efforts within this region with particular attention given to preserving native flora & fauna.

Boating options within this park are plentiful, with a fully equipped marina available for use. Visitors can rent pontoon boats, jet skis and kayaks to explore the 7,000-acre lake. The area also offers several boat ramps for those bringing their own watercrafts. Fishing is popular on the lake as well due to its abundance of bass species.

Anglers can enjoy freshwater fishing in the 7,000-acre lake. Species include largemouth bass, spotted bass and hybrid white-striped bass. Crappie and sunfish are also abundant for those who prefer panfishing. Fishing from a boat or shoreline is possible with multiple access points available throughout the park.

Chatuge State Park offers scenic picnic spots with lake views, equipped with tables and grills. Restrooms are also available nearby.

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Area Campgrounds
Long Ridge Campground
180 Jarrard Camp Road
Hiawassee, GA
Lake Nottely RV Park Pavilion
350 Haley Circle
Blairsville, GA
Trackrock Campground & Cabins
141 Trackrock Camp Road
Blairsville, GA
Hiawassee KOA Holiday
751 Gander Gap Road
Hiawassee, GA
Nearby Hotels
- Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
- Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets immediately.
- Pet owners should carry waste bags with them always.
- No more than two pets per campsite or cabin is allowed in the park.
- Aggressive dogs, regardless of breed, will not be tolerated and may result in eviction from the park.
- Barking that disturbs other guests can lead to removal from Chatuge State Park premises without refund.
- Pets cannot enter any buildings including restrooms, visitor centers or historic structures within the state park boundaries.
- Dogs are prohibited on certain trails; check signage before proceeding onto each trailhead with your pet.
- Swimming areas designated for humans do not permit animals due to health regulations.

Directions from Atlanta, Georgia:

- Begin on I-85 N.
- Continue onto GA 400/US19N towards Cumming/Dahlonega for about 40 miles.
- Merge onto US -19/GA60 toward Dahlonega/Cleveland.

From there:

- Take the exit to continue on Appalachian Pkwy in Lumpkin County for approximately 13 miles.

Next steps:

- Turn right at Morrison Moore Parkway E and follow signs for U.S Route129 North /U.S Highway76 East
- Drive along these roads until you reach Young Harris

Once arrived in Young Harris:

- Look out for a sign indicating Chatuge State Park; it should be visible off of highway route GA288.

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