About Angie

Toccoa is a special place. The land is absolutely beautiful. It also is a very historic area where Native Americans once lived, hunted, and traded. The community plays outdoors—boating on Lake Hartwell, hiking along trails in the national forest, and kayaking and fishing along the many rivers and clear-to-the-bottom trout streams. But what really makes this part of northeast Georgia so attractive is the people. I have never met more kind-hearted folks than the those who live, work, and play in Stephens County. It is a place where strangers wave without knowing you and where neighbors always have open doors and hearts. When you visit Stephens County, you are visiting a place called home!

Glenn Falls!

By | 2013-08-09T18:19:12+00:00 August 9th, 2013|All|

This is Glenn Falls—off the beaten path but well worth the trip. Since the early 1900's, it has been the location of many picnics and the refreshing destination for many of hikers!

Wow! What A View!

By | 2013-08-08T15:49:44+00:00 August 7th, 2013|All|

There are places in Stephens County that definitely have a "Wow Factor." The Chattahoochee National Forest is just one of these!

Paddling The Tugaloo River

By | 2013-07-08T21:29:21+00:00 July 8th, 2013|All, Outdoor Adventure, Tugaloo Corridor|

Every Memorial Day we kayak down the Tugaloo River, which flows into Lake Hartwell! The trip is free, includes a history tour of the area, and is just lots of fun. Along the way, we also paddle to the South Carolina side of the lake where we have a picnic lunch at Longnose Falls.  

Hartwell’s Hidden Beaches

By | 2013-06-28T23:57:02+00:00 June 20th, 2013|All, Outdoor Adventure|

A dramatic photo for a drama day on Lake Hartwell. Lake levels are up this year, which means any time of the day or evening is beautiful! This area actually looks like it has a beach area! Pull your boat up and stop for a while.

Paddling The Tugaloo River

By | 2013-06-28T19:07:59+00:00 June 20th, 2013|All, Outdoor Adventure|

Each spring, paddlers from Georgia and South Carolina come to Toccoa for a history tour down the Tugaloo River. The area is rich in Creek and Cherokee Indian history. This four hour trip also includes a stop for lunch at Longnose Falls, which is located on the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell.  

Local Color

By | 2011-11-04T18:44:19+00:00 November 4th, 2011|All|

Last week an excursion train carrying visitors from as far away as New York and Virginia arrived in Toccoa for our annual Harvest Festival. This is a photo of one of the antique cars on the train. I was shocked when I noticed the leaf color in its windows. And of course, the mayor of [...]

Color to End All Color

By | 2012-04-17T17:45:19+00:00 November 4th, 2011|All|

I have to admit that I did a little work in photoshop on this photograph but for the most part this past fall was over the top beautiful. There was so much color and it lasted for weeks!


By | 2012-04-17T17:48:19+00:00 November 4th, 2011|All|

The fall season at Toccoa Falls is never disappointing! At any angle it is overwhelming and I usually leave feeling pretty awestruck.

Dramatic and Wild: Toccoa Falls

By | 2011-11-04T18:06:46+00:00 November 4th, 2011|All|

Toccoa Falls is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit. Without a doubt, you'll enjoy it, too! What a gift it is to have this free-falling falls in our county.