A Community in a Private Park
Preservation, natural beauty, traditional architecture and pioneer history are the hallmarks of Anderson Creek Retreat. Our land was once part of the Cherokee Nation, then, in the 1800’s, the Scotch-Irish pioneer families of Anderson, McClure, Mulkey and Weaver settled in the spring-fed hollows and rich bottomlands.
Today, Anderson Creek Retreat is setting a new standard for mountain development to ensure the protection of wildlife habitat, open space and water quality. With planners, Reece Hoopes and Fincher, we are creating a community in a private park to preserve the look and feel of the southern Appalachians, botanically rich environments, springs, hardwood ridges, pastures, nineteenth century homestead ruins and the habitat of songbirds, owls, hawks, the wild turkey and the pileated woodpecker. A network of biking, hiking and equestrian trails connects these diverse settings for the enjoyment of families and friends.
Conservation easements with the Georgia Land Trust permanently protect more than 130 acres as community greenspace.
Homesites in Two Settlements: Spring Camp and The Ridge
The lay of the land determines homesites of three acres or more with backdoor access to miles of trails through the diverse landscape of a private park.
The Ridge offers twenty-six homesites on a two hundred acre mountain next to the Anderson Creek Preserve, a mile long, seventy-five acre community greenspace with the original homestead ruins of the Anderson and Mulkey families. Trails follow along Anderson Creek and Anderson Lake and a two mile trail loops around The Ridge through laurel and rhododendron thickets beside spring creeks.
Owners enjoy a stone pavilion and fireplace, a stone bathhouse, primitive camp sites, sites for creek-side hiking cabins, an outdoor fire pit, Adirondack chairs and picnic tables by Anderson Creek.
Our private trout stream offers catch and release fly-fishing for native rainbow and brown trout. Bass and bream are plentiful in Anderson Lake.
Spring Camp is more than three-hundred-acres in a spring creek valley that runs from our highest ridge next to the Chattahoochee National Forest to the restored pastures and homestead ruins of the Weaver and Patterson families. Miles of trails cross hardwood ridges, pastures and the botanically rich landscape of wild azalea, ferns, mountain laurel and rhododendron.
A conservation easement with the Georgia Land Trust protects the Ridge Preserve, a 55 acre, mile-long high ridge that joins the Chattahoochee National Forest at Mountain Camp, a community park at our highest elevation.
The Bunkhouse at Mountain Camp is a rustic 1,400 square foot guesthouse that sleeps nine, has a full size kitchen, dining room, and entertainment center and fitness equipment.
The Spring Camp Barn has five stalls and a ten acre pasture for the equestrian.
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.
Anderson Creek is one of the last unspoiled primary trout streams in Georgia. Its spring-fed waters run clear over a gravel streambed that is ideal for spawning rainbow and brown trout. From its headwaters on the slopes of Springer Mountain in the National Forest, Anderson Creek carves a twisting, ten mile long valley through a 10,000 acre watershed of public and private land until it joins Tickanetley Creek to form the Cartecay River.
Since 1990, Anderson Creek Retreat’s owners and neighbors have acquired more than 5,000 acres to preserve the integrity of the Anderson Creek Watershed.