American water reservoir on the North-Carolina–Georgia border

Lake Chatuge is an area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeastern Georgia, bordered on the north by North Carolina. It surrounds and takes its name from the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) electric generation reservoir located here. This area became a resort destination soon after the lake was constructed and is now one of the fastest-growing areas of the region.



Many retirees have moved here from Florida to escape the heat of the summer and hurricanes, but the area is being discovered by more and more people from other areas of the US all the time.

The Appalachian Trail passes to the south very near to Lake Chatuge and the nearby town of Hiawassee, Georgia, is a favorite stop-over for many hikers on the trail.



Surrounding towns include Young Harris and Hiawassee, Georgia, and Hayesville, North Carolina.

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There is a wide-variety of activities on and off of the lake.

Home to the Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee becomes a very busy place in July and August as vacationers from all over the Southeast converge for many things, including top-name Country Music concerts at the Georgia Mountain Fair, and fine dining at many of the areas high-end restaurants.





Lodging facilities of campsites to high-end resorts available year round.

  • Hidden Cove Lakefront Cabin, 310 Hidden Cove Lane, Hayesville, +1 828-835-8240. Check-in: 4pm, check-out: 11AM. A private and comfortable three bedroom cabin on one of the most beautiful coves on Lake Chatuge. 200 feet of private waterfront, stone firepit overlooking the lake, large private covered boat dock, game room, full kitchen and fiber optic WiFi internet. $145.
  • The Ridges Resort & Marina. Lodge with award-winning restaurant with local cuisine, wakeboard cable park, lounges and full service 400 slip marina.

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