A George State Park that is off the beaten path, but a rare gem you don’t want to miss, is Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site. The historic site is located in Toccoa, GA, which is the northeast corner of Georgia. Northeast Georgia is less traversed than the northern mountains, but still offers the same incredible views. There are several attractions in the northeast tip including Tallulah Gorge, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 12 Spies Vineyards, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Moccasin Creek State Park, Tallulah Gorge State State Park, and other local treasures that make for a relaxing trip that provides you with incredible views, delicious sips, and Georgian history. Traveler’s Rest is not frequently visited, but it offers a unique historic experience unlike anything we have explored before.
Traveler’s Rest Historic Site is a former stagecoach hotel that has been rather well preserved. It was on the once well-traveled Unicoi Turnpike, which included Traveler’s Rest along with several other hotels. Traveler’s Rest is the only remaining hotel. Each hotel was around the same distance based on the average distance a stagecoach could travel each day. Visitors can tour the hotel, and it is filled with numerous artifacts and furniture pieces. There is a short video that outlines the site’s historic significance and the former family, the Jarretts, who ran the hotel. Additionally, you can roam about the grounds to get a little exercise and nature in. There was only one other visitor while we were there and, via the guestbook, it appears the site is rarely visited, which let us leisurely roam about without anyone else. We both found the site extremely fascinating and worth the drive. Thus far, it was one of our favorite sites, and we learned a lot more about Georgian history.