A Blue Ridge Mountain Community in a Private Park
Anderson Creek Retreat is a 1,200 acre mountain community next to the Chattahoochee National Forest near the historic mountain towns of Blue Ridge, Ellijay and Dahlonega. We are only an hour north of Atlanta but you’ll feel a world away.
Homesites of three acres or more offer backdoor access to miles of trails through diverse natural settings, creekside and mountaintop hideaways, a first class trout stream, spring creeks, a lake, and nineteenth century homestead ruins. Conservation easements with the Georgia Land Trust protect more than 130 acres as community greenspace.
Sensible architectural guidelines encourage smart architecture and regional styles. Sound covenants protect long-term values.
Whatever draws you to the mountains- the crisp mountain air, the big woods, inspiring views, clear spring-fed creeks or the Appalachian culture of music and crafts- you’ll find it at Anderson Creek Retreat, a rare find for those who enjoy gardening, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing or simply a quiet conversation in a peaceful setting.
Give us a call or email us to schedule a visit and reserve your place at the lunch table. Toll free: 866-635-5124. Email: land@AndersonCreekRetreat.com.
Our location next to the Chattahoochee National Forest is in the heart of Appalachian outdoor recreation country one hour north of Atlanta near the historic mountain towns of Ellijay, Blue Ridge and Dahlonega.
We join the Chattahoochee National Forest just over the ridge from the Appalachian Trail and overlook the expansive Cartecay River valley and the 4,000 foot ridges of the Rich Mountain Wilderness. Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall in the southeast, white water rivers and trout streams like the Cartecay, Toccoa, Noontootla, Jacks River, the Conasauga and Coopers Creek are nearby. The Aska Adventure Area, the Benton Mackaye Trail and Lake Blue Ridge are just over Doublehead Gap. The 40,000 acre Cohutta Wilderness, the largest mountain wilderness east of the Mississippi is a few miles west. Georgia’s most productive apple orchards and apple houses are down the road in Apple Alley.
Give us a call or email us to schedule a visit and reserve your place at the lunch table. Toll free: 866-635-5124. Email: land@AndersonCreekRetreat.com
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Pinnacle Living Mountain Homes Southern Style Winter 2008“While every home is unique, three architectural styles predominate: elegant yet unpretentious Southern Appalachian-style log cabins; romantic, traditional L-shape homes with a Thomas Kinkade warmth and a Ralph Lauren classic style; and sophisticated , contemporary versions of the southern dogtrot.”
We could have bought 4 or 5 acres in the middle of nowhere, but then once you get there, what would you do? You’d have to get back into your car to go hike. We realized we didn’t want to be alone in the woods. We wanted a community with green space and features like a trout stream and hiking trails.
Doug is not a developer, he’s a keeper of the land; he’s a dream builder. He’s allowing me to build something for myself and for my children that will be a legacy for them.
“Our family is fortunate to have a rich and diverse piece of land in the southern Appalachian mountains. My great-great-grandfather, Joseph Anderson, settled on Anderson Creek in the 1840’s. Ever since then we have been preserving a legacy.” …“We’ve set aside the ruins of early settler homesteads as parks and have established preserves that include the botanically rich watershed of Anderson Creek.”
Creating Cottage Style, New Old House“We used to camp up here all the time”… Ten years later they stumbled upon a newspaper ad about the preservation of the historic Anderson Creek watershed. “The idea was to disrupt the area as little as possible and highlight the natural beauty of the land through conservation.” They knew they wanted the style of their home near the watershed to harken back to traditional architecture and engage in a close relationship with the land. Inspired by old Southern structures known as dogtrots, they designed the cottage “as straightforward as you can get…” We drew from simple, vernacular forms… we wanted to feel like we were outside when we were inside.” “Everything we need is here. We don’t really want to leave.”
Anderson Creek Retreat encourages the regional house styles that typically requires the use of native materials, simple detailing, and common-sense features.
“Architectural guidelines encourage cottage designs that respect the heritage of the region”…styles that typically require the use of native materials, simple detailing, and common-sense features.” I love the hustle and bustle of the city life in Atlanta and travel all over the country, he adds, “but I look forward to my weekends in the woods where life is meant to slow down.”
I can stay on Anderson Creek Property and ride my horse Blaze for two hours without retracing my tracks.
Life at Your Speed“We didn’t want to be part of a subdivision atmosphere…its unbelievable how much open property there is here! We can mountain bike for 3 days and not ride the same trails twice!” “As long as we’ve been here, we’re still finding new trails. I’m not sure we’ve seen them all,” says Derek. “There’s the Creek Camp, the trout stream, a lake you can fish or use canoes on, logging trails, and a wagon trail that runs through the property, deer trails.. some trails run along ridges where you can look out over the property and some run by the creek… they’re awesome. And if you get tired of riding here, you can continue on into the U.S Forest Service land next door and go all the way to Amicalola Falls. We never run out of things to do.”
Preserving a Legacy: Cabin Retreats in the Georgia Mountains Take on a Historic Touch“What’s the ideal vision of Appalachia? For the owners of Anderson Creek Retreat near Ellijay, Georgia, the designs were influenced by thoughts of soft green mountains, clean flowing creeks, and small, sturdy cabins tucked under ancient trees as they transform their family’s 1,500 acre homestead into a historic community retreat…Anderson Creek property owners… protect natural land, wildlife, and waterways.”