“All Feelings Are Bound Up With Place” Eudora Welty
Preservation, natural beauty, traditional architecture and pioneer history are the hallmarks of Anderson Creek Retreat. Our land is old land that was once part of the Cherokee Nation. 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 our planners, Reece Hoopes and Fincher, we desgned a community in a private park with the rural 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.
More than 130 acres in the Ridge Preserve and Creek Preserve are protected forever by conservation easements with the Georgia Land Trust. Miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails connect diverse settings for families and friends to enjoy.
The lay of the land determines our Homesites of three acres or more located in two “settlements”- The Ridge and Spring Camp.
The Ridge homesites offers outstanding views from a two hundred acre mountain with 21 home sites next to Anderson Creek Preserve, a mile long, seventy-five acre community park that includes the original homestead ruins of the Anderson and Mulkey families, several trails along Anderson Creek, Anderson Lake and a two mile loop trail through laurel and rhododendron thickets beside spring creeks. Owners also enjoy the exclusive use of a stone pavilion and bathhouse, primitive camp sites, sites for creek-side hiking cabins, an outdoor fire pit, Adirondack chairs and picnic tables beside Anderson Creek.
Anglers have a private trout stream for catch and release fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Bass and bream are plentiful in Anderson Lake.
Spring Camp includes more than three hundred acres with trails, spring creeks, hardwood forests, homestead ruins, pastures, and meadows. The botanically rich terrain includes wild azalea, ferns, and laurel and rhododendron thickets. A conservation easement protects The Ridge Preserve, a mile-long ridge that joins the Chattahoochee National Forest at Mountain Camp, a community park at our highest elevation.
The Spring Camp Barn has five stalls and a ten acre pasture for the equestrian.
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.