Clayton GA & Highlands NC
From Robbinsville take US 129 South to US 19. Take a right and continue South on US 129/19 to Andrews. At Andrews take a left on US 19 Business. Go through town and take a left onto Fairview Road (SR 1515) at the kink. South on Fairview to NC 141. Left on NC 141 to US 64. Take a left onto US 64 East and then a quick right onto NC 1548 (Brasstown Road). Be careful on this narrow, twisty back road. At Warne turn right on NC 1113 and cross into Georgia. Continue south on GA 66 (Young Harris Rd). Take a left onto Crooked Creek Road GA 339. Take a right on GA 17. Take a left on US 76 East and continue to Hiawassee. Gas and food here.
Continue through Hiawassee on US 76 East to Clayton. This section of US 76 has some great sweeping curves as you cross into Rabun County and enter the Chattahoochee National Forest. Continue on US 76 East into Clayton.
US 76 jogs to the right onto 441 for a block and then veers off to the left. Cross the Chattooga River entering South Carolina and take a break at the Chattooga River parking area on the left. Here you can take a short hike down to Bull Sluice rapids to watch some serious whitewater action. Hike down the paved path and veer right on the gravel path which leads you down to Bull Sluice Rapids.
Continue on US 76 East and take a left on SR 37/196 also known as Chattooga Ridge Road. Continue northerly (stay straight at the stop sign) Chattooga Ridge Road for 9.5 miles to Hwy 28 at Mountain Rest. Turn left onto Hwy 28 North thru the Sumpter National Forest and re-enter Georgia. After 2.3 miles you will see Warwoman Road on the left with the tempting sign “dangerous curves next 3 miles”. Take a short out and back detour here if you want to play on some good twisties.
Back on 28 North you’ll soon cross into North Carolina. We found the entire section of Hwy 28 uncrowded and it has some good curves that will fool you if you’re not paying attention. Once in North Carolina pull off at the scenic view to see Satula Waterfall, Satula Mountain, and a great mountain vista down Clear Creek Valley. Continue on Hwy 28 North into Highlands. Here you can choose from many places to eat such as Rib Country Restaurant, the Gaslight Grill, or even Buck’s Café on Main Street where you can get a great cup of red-eye (coffee with a shot of espresso) to get your eyes open.
Then take US 64 West past three waterfalls (Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaga Falls) and some real twisties into Franklin. Then take Hwy 28 North to US 19/74. You’ll find good twisties on the last 5 miles of this road and traffic is usually light. Turn left on US 19/74 and then turn right onto Hwy 28 West. Turn left onto Hwy 143 West and continue into Robbinsville.
TOTAL MILES (not including options): 200 miles
TOTAL TIME (not including options or stops): 5.5 hours
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Chattooga River whitewater rafting
Hwy 28 twisties
Highlands, North Carolina
Bridal Veil Falls
Hwy 28 twisties