Spring is a new beginning.  Longer days allow us to enjoy the warmer temperatures and explore outdoors.  No more heavy layers – a light breeze and warm sunshine helps awaken our souls. The birds are singing, colors are brighter, and tiny new flowers peek out of the soil, as trees begin to sport new buds and leaves.  Just as in nature, we are ready to be outdoors and on the move.  Get the inside scoop on what to do and where to go this spring in Cherokee County!

Hiking and Mountain Biking with friends

  Mountain Biking         photos by Dashing Images

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll, a hike along gorgeous mountain trails, or a bike ride over one of our many paths, Cherokee County offers an endless range of options from beginner to extreme to take a hike or mountain bike with friends.  One of our most popular places to run or mountain bike is Blankets Creek trail system.  The seven trails are easily accessible, have beautiful views, and are labeled based on trail rating, fitness, and technical difficulty.  In addition, walking, running, or biking options are available at the many parks throughout the county.

Etowah River Park (Canton), Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails (Woodstock), and Robert’s Lake Trail (Ball Ground) provide varying levels of difficulty for all adventurers.  Etowah River Park trail in Canton, GA has lots of green space, access to the river, and engaging playground make it a favorite with people of all ages.  There are two paved trails; a circular trail, and a connecting trail to Heritage Park across the Etowah River. SORBA Woodstock maintains the Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails. This trail was built for mountain bikes and has been divided into ten loops.  Hikers are welcome yet must yield the trail to bikes and travel in the opposite direction (direction information available on SORBA Woodstock’s website).  Roberts Lake Trail is a hiking trail of moderate difficulty that provides the only access to Roberts Lake Park, a 45-acre green space tract along Long Swamp Creek.  Bring your fishing license and pole to enjoy Long Swamp Creek while you’re there!

No matter what area of Cherokee you are visiting, our parks and recreation are available for your enjoyment!  See all the options at www.DestinationCherokeeGA.com | Recreation | Biking & Hiking.

Art Festival and Glow Night Downtown Canton (March 2nd)

   

The West Main Art Festival is a FREE festival at West Main Street which connects Historic Downtown Canton to The Mill on Etowah.  Join the festival for an afternoon of art, live music, food, and family fun with a special kid’s art area.  40+ art vendors showcasing jewelry, pottery, and paintings will offer many different styles and medium.  Musical acts and street performers will contribute to the lively downtown vibe throughout the event.

Immediately following the Art Festival, Downtown Canton presents Glow Night!  Glow Night consists of Glow Disc Challenge with interactive targets, 18 holes Glow Mini Golf, Glow Spike Ball, Glow Corn Hole, Glow Bucket Pong, Glow Kan Jam, and much more!!!  Bring the whole family we expect ‘glowing’ reviews.

Golf

   

Looking to play some great golf? Seven public golf courses and three disc golf options are available in Cherokee County. Bridgemill Golf and Country Club is built on rolling hills with nice cart paths and friendly staff.  The Club at Bradshaw Farm has a beautiful course, outstanding service, and the “Best Ice Cream in America”.  Woodmont Golf and Country Club was the first course in Georgia to be designed by the renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones and has gorgeous views and many other amenities to enjoy.  Fairways of Canton offers a beautiful course, along with top-tier Stratus Kitchen & Bar.  Town Lake Hills Golf Club has gorgeous bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens that are skillfully designed and always impeccably maintained with its rolling green hills and lovely wooded countryside in Woodstock.  Eagle Watch Golf Club, also in Woodstock, is situated amid a beautiful natural setting in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is consistently ranked one of the top courses in Georgia, See more options at www.DestinationCherokeeGA.com | Recreation | Golf.

If you’re looking for Disc Golf, then try your luck in Waleska on the campus of Reinhardt University for a picturesque course that winds beside the cascading ponds and popular Lake Mullenix.  There are two other alternatives, Sequoyah Park and Dupree Park, Sequoyah Park (Canton) has walking trail and an 18-hole disc golf course wind their way throughout the park.  Dupree Park (Woodstock) is the city’s oldest park and home to 18 holes of disc golf on the Prodigy Par2 Challenge, two open fields to fly kites, picnic tables, and restrooms.

Gibbs Gardens

   

Flower Magazine says Gibbs Gardens is one of “The World’s 10 Best Places to See Daffodils”.  Some of the most beautiful views and amazing gardens in Cherokee County can be seen at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground with over 20 million daffodils and 40 million tulips in spring.  Simply stunning world class gardens spread across 356 acres with mature trees and rolling hills and ribbons of color.  The seamless integration of Gibbs’ artistic design provides a breathtaking canvas including the nation’s largest Japanese Garden.  In addition to the feature gardens there are 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, 19 waterfalls, natural springs, and many artistically designed structures.  Open March – November.

Etowah Wildlife Expo (March 16th & 17th)

 

Everyone can enjoy the Etowah Wildlife Expo FREE festival held at The Mill on Etowah in Canton, GA.  People of all ages and furry friends will love this two-day event with over 100 vendors.  Don’t miss the entertaining dock diving dogs, bass fishing demonstrations, a reptile show, a falconry educational show, and live music on the outdoor stage.  Children can enjoy the Kid Fun Zone!  Etowah Wildlife Expo is a top choice by all sportsmen, amateur and novice alike. Families enjoy food trucks and local restaurants, a wildlife fine arts exhibit, a brewery, several boutiques, ice cream at Sweety’s Cafe, and much, much, more at The Mill on Etowah.

Wing & Rock Fest (March 23rd & 24th)

If you like great tasting chicken wings with bold sauces and rockin’ music, then the two-day Wing & Rock Fest held at the beautiful Etowah River Park is your spring ticket.  The third largest chicken wing festival in the county enjoys an open-air amphitheater and hosts the FREE family friendly event with live music, 25+ restaurants and food trucks, Arts & Crafts vendors, Farmers Market, and Kids Craft area.  Don’t miss the wing eating contest and 75+ styles of wings and many other tasty treats.

Hot Air Balloons

 

See Cherokee County from a unique aerial perspective – as the sun rises, look out over Lake Lanier, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta skyline, and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges from a Hot Air Balloon. Sunrise or sunset hot air balloon rides are an enchanting and exciting way to explore.  The perspective from above is very different than what you’ll get adventuring on foot, and while rides can be pricy, the experience is usually worth the cost. Three locally owned and operated balloon companies, Balloons Over Georgia, Balloon Atlanta, and Fly Wendy Fly, offer rides in Cherokee County. Private, shared, or tethered options available.

Horseback Trail Riding

Georgia Frontiers offers western-style horseback riding for all levels ages 9 and up.  Trail rides are in a natural setting and can be reserved online for 1 hour, 1.5 hours., or 2 hours.  Friendly instructors lead the ride on beautiful wooded trails, across open areas, and along the creek in the mountains.

Or take to the trail with your own horse at Garland Mountain Horse & Hiking Trails and create your own adventure. These trails wind their way through 940+ acres in northwest Cherokee County.  Enjoy exploring the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills.