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Enota Mountain Retreat

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Enota is the perfect mountain escape to spend time with your friends and family. Enota is non-profit conservation facility committed to preserving our beautiful land with a limited number of accommodations including cabins, full hook-up RV sites, pop-up & tent sites and a Retreat Center for conferences, groups, events and seminars. Enota is rated to be in the top 100 camping destinations in the country.
Enota is in a lush valley among the highest mountains in North Georgia, in the shadow of Brasstown Bald whose elevation is 4780′! Enota is centrally located between White, Union & Towns counties and the towns of Helen, Blairsville, Hiawassee and Young Harris.

All the delicate beauty of nature has been preserved, with four breathtaking waterfalls, five bubbling streams and two trout ponds. We are surrounded on all sides by the mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
One of our streams flows from a beautiful two-stage waterfall that is nearly 400 feet tall while another cascades 125 feet from an old stone dam that retains a small, clear pond; a perfect place to relax, reflect, and enjoy nature. Paths from long ago wander about the Retreat and into the forest. Follow one of the old logging trails (approx. 1.5 miles ) right up Clay Gap, to the Appalachian Trail which is just above Enota Mountain Retreat Center and Sanctuary.

Drop by the beautiful old restored Lodge and share the warmth from the huge stone fireplace, shop in Enota’s fair-trade gift shop and stop by our restaurant for home-cooked meals. Enjoy the quiet nature of Enota’s sixty acres by relaxing in your accommodation near the cool refreshing flow of gentle waters and soothing ponds. Get to know friends you’ve never met or spend quiet moments with loved ones!!



Phone: 706-896-9966

Other Phone: 800-990-8869


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 N/Lanier Pkwy towards Gainesville ( 985 will change names and change into a state highway as compared to the interstate you were on) go to 384, it's the third (or fourth) light , turn left, follow to the end. Turn right again, go thru Helen (road 75), and over the mountain, as you get to the bottom of the other side, you will cross over a small stream, turn left onto highway 180, go approximately three miles, you will see our sign on the left. From Ashville, NC.: Take I-40 West, Then I-23 South to Dillsboro. Stay on I-23 until just past Franklin, NC, Then take I-64 West. Go past Shooting Creek, turn left onto Hwy 17/175 into Hiawassee, GA. Go through town, on the south end turn right on Hwy 17/175 towards Helen, GA. Go South about 12 miles. ( Watch for The Deer Lodge Restaurant on left as road narrows back to 2 lane.) Next road to the right is Hwy 180. Turn onto Hwy 180 and proceed for approximately 3 miles. Watch for signs and entrance to campground on the left. Alternate route: Leave Franklin, NC, on Hwy 441 South to Clayton, GA. Go west on Hwy 76 until you reach HWY 17/175 South towards Helen, GA. Go South about 12 miles. ( Watch for The Deer Lodge Restaurant on left as road narrows back to 2 lane.) Next road to the right is Hwy 180. Turn onto Hwy 180 and proceed for approximately 3 miles. Watch for signs and entrance to campground on the left. From Chattanooga, TN.: Head north on I-75 to Hwy 64 East towards Murphy, NC. Proceed to Hwy 11 toward Blairsville, GA Go through the town square to Hwy 19/129 South. Turn left on Hwy 180. Go approximately 8-9 miles (you will pass Brasstown Bald Mountain). Enota's entrance is on the right. (If you pass Enota, you will end up at Hwy 75 in another 3 miles.)



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Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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Thursday 09/29/2016 10%
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Sunny. High 67F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High around 70F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.


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I would reccomend Enota to anyone who enjoys camping, beautiful place and location

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April 4, 2012

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Perfect Experience

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December 24, 2010

After reading the other posting for Enota, I felt that I needed to present another perspective. My husband and I had a perfectly wonderful experience at Enota, and we couldn't have asked for anything else. We went off season for the organic garden, so we didn't expect to see the blooming acreage as seen on the website. The trampolines were not broken, as we watched children playing on them. The TV room was no-frills, but who goes on a camping trip to watch TV anyway? It reminded me of summer camp when I was a kid. We found the staff to take a special interest in making us feel welcome, and we chatted with them everyday and learned all about the history of the land and camp. The hayrides came by during the weekend offering us a ride, and we were encouraged to go visit the petting zoo. We did not attend the bonfires, but they started right on schedule as we watched from our own campfire. The trails and waterfalls were amazing, and we spent many hours daily both on property and hiking out into the Chatooga National Forest and even onto the A-Trail. The campsites were immaculately maintained, and we thoroughly enjoyed the convenience of having a deck right outside our camper, along with the flowing stream that graced us with a flock of ducks every morning. In review of our vacation pictures, we noticed an amazing number of them contained the camp dog "Spirit," that DID roam freely. We were happy to get to know this little camper, as Spirit guided our day hikes, forging the sides of mountains and making us laugh at her energy. She also joined us for our nightly fires and came running over to our site every morning as we put coffee on to start our day. And she became our dog Maggie's best friend while we were there... which was extended to a 10 day stay after we arrived and realized how much we loved it. We can't wait to return and have already planned a trip for January 2011 so that we can see this beautiful place in the snow. We don't fish, but we found the trout pond to be quite lovely with the waterfall that was built there. We were simply amazed by the undertaking of turning this place into a "retreat" where found the most peaceful vacation of our lives. We've told all of our friends about it simply because we don't feel that we should keep this place all to ourselves. We think it's an incredible place to visit for campers coming into North Georgia.

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April 21, 2009

Enota was the most greatest place we have been. We loved the log cabin, Bear Den. We were there for a week for our honeymoon and loved every minute of it. We loved it so much that we didn't want to leave. The staff there were just great too. It was a place that we will go back again. There are many places around Enota that you can go see that is just breath taking and is not far to drive too. You will just love it as much as we did. You will also fall in love with the little campground dog Spirit. The best little hostess that you will ever come across! We will let everyone of our friends know about this little hide away.

Sally & Timothy, Tennessee 2009

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for the actual campsite, it was great and the trails were too... however, inaccurate description of camp activities on website.. no bonfires, no growing garden, few animals, broken playground equip

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November 11, 2008

the website is misleading.they have a broken trampolines, broken down couch in tv room, inadequate laundry, unfriendly owner, stapled angels to trees.. is this envir friendly?? also the lights in an unsed conference room and dining room were on most all of the time....the garden was dead, no daily animal farm tours or feedings, no bonfires on sat nite, the owners dogs and cats ran freely keeping wildlife to a minimal, the trout pond was a mud hole and the sweat lodge was not in existence... it housed old mattresses.. and lets not forget the world's longest mobile home on the property.... overall a big disappointment when you see their website and then visit. however, good location for hking trails and visiting unique places in north georgia

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