Surrounded on three sides by Lake Burton, this park offers a diverse array of outdoors activities. The Lake Burton Fish Hatchery is nearby and tours are available. Fishing in the lake is excellent, but the true attraction is for canoeing and hiking. Camping is available year-round, however local conditions can make the road to the campground impassible.
Courtesy Georgia Dept of Natural Resources
Lake Burton was one of the first lakes in the United States created specifically for power generation. With the completion of the dam at the east end of the lake in 1913, more than 2700 acres of lake were created. In Georgia's rugged Blue Ridge Mountains of Rabun County, Lake Burton has coves galore. Each is more breathtaking than the last, with peaks jutting high above the water. The Tallulah River was dammed and the town of Burton flooded when the lake was completed. Today the lake serves as a reservoir, controlling the flow of water to Seed Lake below it.
Canoeing the lake can be tricky. Sudden changes in weather should be expected, and because of the surrounding mountains, unexpected gusts of wind in the center of the lake can tip a canoe, especially for the unaccustomed paddler. Fall is a truly beautiful time of year, especially in late October. Do not expect to find any vacancies at that time of year.
The nature trail in the park is good for the children. More experienced hikers will want to tackle Hemlock Falls Trail, which offers a easy walk, but can be slippery. No camping is allowed at the falls but is permitted at the trailhead. The trailhead is not difficult to find because it is carved in stone.
Experienced hikers may want to brave the toppled trees above Hemlock Falls and continue on to Moccasin Creek Falls about a half-mile further. This trail, once a maintained path, is now frequently blocked by debris. The path is actually part of a longer path that at one time continued to Addis Gap, where it merged with the Appalachian Trail
Moccasin Creek State Park Route 1, Box 1634,