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Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast

Sylvan Falls Mill
Mike and Linda Johnson decided they wanted to create a unique Bed and Breakfast in the north Georgia mountains. According to Mike, when he and Linda saw Sylvan Falls Mill they immediately fell in love with the concept of running a bed and breakfast from the property. Of course, the idea grew from a simple bed and breakfast to include a working mill as they considered the purchase. Soon, Linda and Mike were deep into learning more about milling.

About the Mill

Inside the mill
As beautiful Wolffork Valley was settled in the late 1830's a mill with an overshot wheel was completed on the Sylvan Falls Mill site in 1840. The Johnson's keep a detailed record of the history of mill which they are delighted to share with interested guests. Much of the information has been donated by visitors who have brought the Johnson's stories and pictures from the mill's past. One of Linda and Mike's favorite stories was told to them by the children of one of the millers. It seemed the miller had an unusual way of fishing. He would release water from the mill dam causing the creek below to overflow its banks and flood the field across the street from the mill. As the water receded he, and the children, of course, could literally pick the evening dinner off the ground.

Today the Johnson's mill about once a week, selling their milled grains from the inn or in a number of local stores. Driving the mill is the 100-foot Sylvan Falls. A dam above the mill feeds the millrace, and valves in the race allow the Johnson's to control the flow of water to the 27-foot tall millwheel. Mike goes out of his way to find heritage grains for grinding in the mill. One of the grains he uses has been around since the 1700's and has not been genetically modified.


Fireplace Room
Mike and Linda have four rooms in their B&B. The Blue Room features a queen-size bed, reading area and other amenities. The Valley View Room is a spacious family-sized room that can accommodate up to six people comfortably with its own private entrance. The Fireplace Room gets its name from a gas fireplace that adds charm to an already charming setting. Finally, the Waterfall Room has a view of Sylvan Mill Falls.

Each room has a private bath and the Johnsons permit pets in some rooms. Sylvan Falls Mill is open year round, and they do accept Visa, Mastercard, or cash. A one night deposit is required before your stay.


Everyone agrees that the breakfast served by Mike and Linda at Sylvan Falls Mill is simply stunning. The multi-course meal features food made from the flour they grind in the mill and their cooking creations are something that would make Georgia's Paula Dean jealous. Each breakfast is imaginative and unique, a true delight to be enjoyed while listening to the soothing sounds of the falls from the screened porch.

Other things to do

Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast
Owners Mike and Linda Johnson
There are plenty of things to do in the area. Black Rock Mountain State Park, which is just up the road, includes three excellent hiking trails and Black Rock Lake. Just past the lake is the 7.2 mile James E. Edmunds Trail. Guests at Sylvan Falls Mill can access the trail at Black Rock Lake (turn right out of the driveway). This is an "overnight" trail, so you may want to hike a small portion of the entire footpath. From the lake's parking lot cross the dirt road and the trail enters the forest before rising nearly 800 feet in just over a mile. Hikers are rewarded with a tremendous view of Wolffork Valley, Rabun Gap and the city of Dillard at the top. The Tennessee Rock Trail offers a view of the Germany Valley that is nearly as spectacular as the one from Lookoff Mountain and Ada-Hi Falls Trail is a short hike to a typical high mountain falls.

If hiking up mountains is not your cup of tea you can take the staired descent to the Tallulah River inside Tallulah Gorge State Park. Park headquarters is in the Jane Hurt Yarn Center, which has a museum featuring the history and nature of the park.

Nearby cities of Dillard, Rabun Gap, Clayton and Tallulah Falls offer something for everyone including food (other than breakfast, of course) at the Dillard House, Georgia's Chattooga River Whitewater Rafting, and the arts and crafts community of Tallulah Falls.

Website: Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast
Reservations: (706)746-7138
156 Taylor's Chapel Road
Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568

County: Rabun County

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