Once referred to as “The Enchanted Land” by indigenous people, Big Canoe in North Georgia is a gorgeous mountain retreat for families and friends in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Just an hour north of Atlanta, in both Dawson and Pickens Counties, Big Canoe is a private gated community with 8,000 acres of sprawling land, flowing streams, sparkling lakes, and fun amenities — including trails, tennis courts, golf, swimming pools, games, spa extras, restaurants, a multimillion-dollar clubhouse, and a marina!
Vibrant spring blooms, sweet summer days, colorful fall leaves, and cozy winter nights welcome guests for wonderful mountain getaways year-round. Along with things to do within the community, you can visit the Chattahoochee National Forest, Amicalola Falls State Park, seasonal events, farmers’ markets, shopping boutiques, Appalachian wineries, historic museums, and local towns — including Jasper, Marble Hill, Dawsonville, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, and Helen.
From community luxuries and recreation areas to local attractions and cabin rentals, Big Canoe, GA, has everything YOU want and need in a memorable mountain vacation.
Big Canoe Community Amenities
Investing $40 million into entertaining, relaxing, and fun amenities, Big Canoe Community has plenty of things to do for all ages. Hike miles of trails, find hidden waterfalls, splash at swimming pools, kayak or fish at the lakes, and plan picnics beneath the trees. You can play golf, tennis, pickleball, racquetball, and bocce on your Big Canoe vacation. Plus, there’s a luxury clubhouse, mouthwatering restaurants, event venues, a chapel, and a wellness center with spa features!
Note: community activities with staff require a fee while the rest are free.
Hiking, Mountain Biking & Scenic Drives
With 20 miles of hiking trails winding throughout Big Canoe Community, there’s no shortage of space to stretch your legs or ride a mountain bike and reconnect with nature. You can also take scenic drives within the natural beauty of the surrounding forests and mountains.
Hot Tub, Sauna, Racquetball & Fitness
At the 17,000-square-foot Wellness Center — a combined spa and fitness center — you can unwind in the steamy sauna or hot tub, play racquetball, work out with friends, swim in the saltwater pool, and get a massage.
Championship Golf Course
Featuring picturesque views, a practice green, a driving range, and a pro shop, the 27-hole Big Canoe Golf Course (Creek, Cherokee, and Choctaw 9-hole rounds) in Big Canoe, GA, is a luxurious addition to your Blue Ridge Mountain vacation.
Tennis, Pickleball & Bocce
Play across 14 game courts with a mix of hard and clay surfaces. While a few courts are indoors, most are outdoors — with lights so you can play tennis, pickleball, or bocce into the evenings. You can grab new gear at the pro shop and view players from the stone patio.
Fishing, Boating & Kayaking
Serene lake views welcome you to the Big Canoe Marina that rents out pontoon boats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes. Pick up fishing gear at The Shack and a permit at the marina to cast a line for bass, bream, crappie, and rainbow trout at Lake Petit or Lake Sconti.
Beach Club & Swimming Pools
Swim at the 104,000-gallon, zero-entry Wildcat Pool with water features and a kiddie pool or splash at Lake Disharoon, the third lake in Big Canoe, GA. The Beach Club boasts a 200-foot rockslide, beach volleyball, picnic tables, plus paddleboard rentals!
Playfields, Playgrounds & Dog Park
Kick or throw a ball on the playfields, take the kids to hang out at the playgrounds, and let the dogs run around at the dog park in Big Canoe Community — a family-friendly and pet-friendly mountain community!
Restaurants & Grocery Store
Along with fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains, Big Canoe has a variety of restaurants within the community plus a local grocery store by the main gate. Enjoy treats from Duffer’s, drinks at the Black Bear Pub, and fine dining at Mountains Grill.
Plan YOUR Big Canoe event, a wedding, anniversary, birthday, reunion, or milestone celebration, at the multimillion-dollar Big Canoe Clubhouse or Big Canoe Chapel, followed by a gorgeous reception at one of 3 scenic venues.
Big Canoe Rentals
Between all the fun and relaxation within the community, you’ll appreciate a condo or cabin rental to call YOUR mountain home in Big Canoe, GA. At Georgia Cabins for YOU, we have 60+ Big Canoe rentals and counting. They range from romantic 1-bedroom retreats for couples to large group lodges with room for families and friends vacationing together.
Naturally, when you book a Big Canoe rental with Georgia Cabins for YOU, you’ll have full access to all Big Canoe Community amenities. Whether you want a vacation rental with a mountain view, fireplace, grill, screened deck, big screen TV, games, and/or upscale finishes, you’ve come to the right place! You can book online or ask any questions about Big Canoe at 1.800.580.5524.
Plan YOUR Big Canoe, GA, vacation — with community trails, golf, tennis, pools, lakes, eateries, and spa time — in the Blue Ridge Mountains today.