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Here, students have immediate access to rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing and other exciting outdoor opportunities. The Appalachian Trail is only 15 minutes from campus, and a short drive leads to stunning mountain peaks, exhilarating whitewater rivers, and crystal-clear lakes.

No matter what your recreational interests may be, YHC has ways to get moving, stay fit, and have fun with friends.

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Lake Trahlyta Trail at Vogel State Park
An easy 1-mile loop around the lake

Helton Creek Falls
An easy 0.2-mile trail to the falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest

High Shoals Falls
A moderate and popular 2.3 mile trail to the falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Blood Mountain Trail
A difficult 6.1 mile loop up the highest peak on the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail

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Places to paddle

Lake Chatuge
Beautiful Lake Chatuge is only a short trip from campus. Boat, jet ski, paddleboard, and kayak rentals are all available through Young Harris Water Sports. There is also a beach and swimming area located next to the Union County Pickleball Courts on the way to Hiawassee from campus.

Nantahala River
The Nantahala River is a great first whitewater experience, giving you the option to choose from paddling in a raft—with or without a guide—or paddling an individual inflatable kayak. Choose from multiple outfitters on the Nantahala River.

Ocoee River
The Ocoee River is a challenging river that requires going with a commercial outfitter in a guided raft. Select from multiple outfitters that offer commercial trips from March through October of each year.

This list was complied by Moriah Pruitt, ’21, and Hope Lloyd, ’21, for their Outdoor Leadership Legacy Project.

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