Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beautiful North Georgia

"Popcorn Overlook" in the Chattahochee National Park

The Chattahoochee National Forest takes its name from the Chattahoochee River whose headwaters begin in the North Georgia mountains. The River and the area were given the name by the English settlers who took the name from the Indians living here. The Cherokee and Creek Indians inhabited North Georgia. In one dialect of the Muskogean languages, Chatta means stone; ho chee, marked or flowered. These marked or flowered stones were in the Chattahoochee River at a settlement near Columbus, Georgia.

On July 9, 1936, the Forest Service was reorganized to follow state boundaries and President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Chattahoochee a separate National Forest. In 1936, the Chattahoochee was organized into two Ranger Districts, the Blue Ridge and the Tallulah.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed 96,000 acres (388 km2) of federal lands in central Georgia as the Oconee National Forest. The Oconee then joined the Chattahoochee to become the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests of today.

The Chattooga River was designated a Wild and Scenic River during the 1970s. The Chattooga remains one of the few free-flowing streams in the Southeast and is known for its white water rafting and beautiful scenery. The movie Deliverance was filmed on the Chattooga River, which became the fictional Cahulawassee River in the movie.

This scenic lake set amid the Appalachian Mountains has 130 miles of shoreline and 7,000 surface acres at normal summer pool levels. Chatuge Lake provides good fishing opportunities for various species of bass, sunfish, and crappie. Chatuge Reservoir, located on the Hiawassee River in western North Carolina, is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement. Chatuge Lake is frequently visited by thousands each year who take advantage of all the adventures the lake has to offer.

Hi my friends,

thank you for the comments and compliments, very much appreciated! You make my day, every day! :)

We are sitting in the hills of Georgia in a beautiful region - except the weather today was not so beautiful. It was dark and raining on and off.... it goes bye...right? :) But we enjoy the clear, clean (?) mountain air, the green hills. Relaxing is a great thing - it's like getting a makeover for the soul! :)

Stay with me, I hope for camera weather tomorrow... if not, I have to show you some pics from my archives - and there are a lot, waiting to be shared....LOL.... :)

See you tomorrow - take care and big hug!


AB said...

Beautiful indeed. The rustic fence in the foreground of the first shot makes for a great photo.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Beautiful captures, Susanne!

I love the shot with the fence. It seems so poignant and nostalgic....

richies said...

I haven't been to that part of the world for a long time. My daughter graduated from Southern Adventist
University near Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1999. I haven't been to that area since. There is so much beautiful scenery there Thanks for the great photos.

An Arkies Musings

Anonymous said...

These are really gorgeous shots Susanne.

The Retired One said...

Love those mountains...and then add that lake...and heaven!!!
Just beautiful shots!

Anna said...

Wow these are very nice Susanne, love the cloud formation, but the first is something I would love to see from my window. Anna :)


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