Gibbs Gardens - You’ll begin to experience Gibbs Gardens’ unique blend of natural and man-made features as soon as you turn onto Gibbs Drive. A shaded allée created by 120 Red Sunset Maples bordered by towering Leyland Cypress trees will lead you through a cathedral-like canopy of trees to the hidden gardens beyond.
Amicalola Falls State Park - Beautiful state park just 15 minutes from the gates of Big Canoe offers numerous hiking trails of varying lengths and a mountaintop lodge and restaurant. Amicalola is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and one of Georgia's most popular state parks.
Horseback Riding - Within a few minutes drive of Big Canoe is the Swan Center Monestary which provides horseback riding instruction and trail rides. Call ahead for reservations.
Burt's Pumpkin Farm - Very popular destination in the autumn and only minutes from the gates of Big Canoe. The farm is a sea of orange from late September on into November and offers hay rides and field trips throughout the fall season. With pumpkins of all sizes as well as Indian corn and a wide assortment of gourds, Burt's Farm is a must-visit when visiting Big Canoe in October.
Goldrush Dahlonega - The site of the very first gold rush in America, the quaint town of Dahlonega is just 25 minutes drive from Big Canoe through the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. With a great variety of gift and antique shops in it's well preserved downtown, Dahlonega is a great destination for the whole family. Visit the Gold Museum, do some shopping, visit a winery, or take in one of the town's many festivals throughout the year.
Lake Lanier Islands - Just 30 minutes from Big Canoe is Georgia's largest man-made lake and one of it's most visited destinations. With many options for boating, swimming, fishing, skiing and sailing, Lake Lanier has something for everyone.
White Water Rafting - If the calm waters of Big Canoe leave you wanting a little more adventure, travel north along Highway 515 through the gorgeous North Georgia mountains into Tennessee to raft the Ocoee River. An easy drive from Big Canoe, it's a family experience you won't soon forget.