White County, the 123rd county formed in Georgia, was created in 1857 from a part of the original land lot county of Habersham. In early times, the area of White County formed a transitional boundary between the Cherokee and Creek Native-American nations. The county was named for Newton County Rep. David T. White, who helped to attain passage of an act creating the new county. White County’s rich history has prepared its people for the challenges of tomorrow while instilling a strong sense of community and a desire for new opportunities.
Gold was found in White County in the late 1820’s on the Nacoochee River, then known as Duke’s Creek, touching off the Great Gold Rush of that century. Gold mining operations are still found today along the banks of the Town and Tesnatee Creeks in western White County.
Today, White County abounds with growth in business and industry. The application of new and emerging technologies allows the community to keep pace with the ever changing world. As you visit with us, we hope that you will see that White County has much to offer the young and young at heart, the laid-back and the adventurous spirit, the urbanite and the country traveler.
There are many private and state parks and recreation areas, as well as guided or solo excursions down rivers or across mountaintops. The area also has scenic golf courses and youth and adult sports leagues. White County has fun for everyone from the seasoned outdoor adventurer to the weekend golfer.
The White County Parks YMCA is a 40-acre facility that supports one gym, one weight room, two tennis courts, five ball fields, a swimming pool and a pavilion. Baseball, basketball, football, softball, and cheerleading are offered, as well as the Young Misses Beauty Pageant, bi-monthly teen dances, and summer day camps. Active Adults gives seniors a chance to stay flexible and healthy, and spring and fall are filled with the excitement of adult softball. For more information about the YMCA, please call (706) 865-5275.
Unicoi State Park offers swimming and fishing, as well as camping, hiking and picnicking. There is a beautiful waterfall and plenty of trails to explore. With a 100-room lodge, 30 cottages and numerous campsites, Unicoi is a special attraction for families or anyone seeking outdoor mountain recreation.
Anna Ruby Falls is another attraction you don’t want to miss. Two creeks flow off Tray Mountain and come together in a spectacular double waterfall. Curtis Creek plummets 153 feet and York Creek falls 50 feet to form Smith Creek at the bottom of the falls. A paved 0.4-mile footpath leads to the bottom of the falls. The longer, more challenging Smith Creek Trail leads from the base of the falls to Unicoi State Park. The Lion’s Eye Trail gives blind or visually impaired persons the opportunity to experience the environment along Smith Creek. Braille signs interpret various features of the area. Anna Ruby Falls, named for the daughter of Colonel John H. Nichols who once owned the land, is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
The mighty Chattahoochee River flows through White County lending its majesty to the land around it. Breath-taking vistas are popular along the river. Several outposts rent inner tubes for a leisurely float down parts of the Chattahoochee or canoes and kayaks for a guided trip down swift whitewater on other parts.