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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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.”
Nature Lover’s Paradise“Four or five years ago we started thinking about having another place-away from Florida. We thought it would be nice to have a place where we could walk out of our house and have trails to run on and places to ride our bikes… when we turned the corner and saw the pasture and barn, I got goose bumps. It was prettier that the photos we had seen on the website. I literally got tears in my eyes. If someone asked me what kind of development I could have imagined for my family, I would create something like Anderson Creek. We wanted a piece of it. It’s the perfect community for us.”
Wooded Family Retreat a Perfect Fit“We had the idea we wanted a mountain place and looked for about two years. One day I found a postcard from Anderson Creek Retreat in the mailbox. When I read the card, I felt I could have written it myself. It was that close to what we were looking for. I stopped in the driveway and called the number, introduced myself and was invited to lunch that weekend with the developer and his wife. Everything they said was truly right on the money. We knew this was the right place.” “We really got into the Anderson Creek concept of preserving the land, having lots of green space hiking and walking trails and building homes that are thoughtfully placed so they fit into this wild area…Our daughter said it best-‘I think of it as family time’- and so it is. I believe you just get closer here. and you can’t have anything better than that.” “There’s Amicalola Falls, the Cohutta Wilderness, Rich Mountain Wilderness…along with arts and crafts in Ellijay and Blue Ridge, vineyards and apple festivals and terrific trout fishing and hunting in the Forest Service land… it’s just a great launching pad for the outdoors.”
On Architecture“A connection to the land, a desire for simplified living and the whimsy afforded by a slower but more satisfying pace of life is shown on the porch…Wrap-around porches, stripped poplar columns out of trees off the property…Milk-washed tongue and groove clapboard is reversed and butt-jointed for an imperfect and totally charming look.” “Styled on southern mountain cabins of the 1800’s,architect Bill Tucker of Fredericksburg, Virginia based William B. Tucker Architects, took painstaking efforts to recreate a simple design by incorporating the local materials and craftsmanship that homesteaders would have relied on nearly two centuries ago.” “A diverse topography of creeks, mountains, and fields- mountain laurel, rhododendron, hardwoods, white pine, hemlock, and wildflowers—feed off the headwaters, streams, creeks, in a rich and unspoiled setting…”
Southern Comfort“Slow down and stay awhile. Anderson Creek Retreat is a community dedicated to family, fun, and the future of the planet….You’ll undoubtedly want to explore the awe-inspiring landscape, but first you’ll have to choose your mode of transportation. With more than 1,500 acres at the Retreat and another 750,000 acres of National Forest right next door, property owners have endless woodlands and footpaths to wander. And just eight miles away the Appalachian Trail tempts you…”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”