habersham

Hiking: Habersham County is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. There are trails too numerous to mention both for the pleasure walker and even for the seasoned hiker. Many trails can be strenuous and dangerous. Sections of the Bartram Trail and Duncan Bridge Trail are located in the area. Access to the Appalachian Trail is also available.

Fishing: Habersham County has excellent fishing lakes and rivers, seasonal and yearly Tallulah Gorge is one of the deepest and most dramatic gorges in the east. The gorge is a three mile canyon that reaches a depth of nearly 600 feet. It is bordered by rocky, vertical walls. During certain times of the year Georgia Power Company has water releases from the dam and one can experience this mighty river as it thunders over the falls creating an echo that can be heard both day and night. The first of these great falls was named Ladore; then came the 76 foot high Tempesta Falls; then the 96 foot Hurricane Falls. The fourth falls were named Oseana and next was Bridal Veil Falls, with a drop of 17 feet. The last of the falls was named Sweet Sixteen Falls, with a drop of 16 feet. Hiking into the gorge is very strenuous. It can also be very dangerous. Because of some of the danger that exists it is required that you check in with Georgia Power's Terrora Visitors Center.

     
  Per Capita Income

County
GA
U.S.
1970
$2,535
$3,373
$4,047
1980
$6,621
$8,353
$9,940
1985
$10,483
$12,864
$14,155
1990
$14,610
$17,123
$18,666
1993
$17,390
$19,656
$21,233
1994
$18,331
$20,723
$22,186
1995
$19,541
$21,696
$23,059
1996
$20,462
$22,900
$24,164
1997
$21,336
$23,882
$25,288

Population

County
GA
U.S.
1950
16,553
3.4
151
1960
18,116
3.9
179
1970
20,691
4.6
203
1980
25,020
5.5
227
1990
27,621
6.5
250
1998
31,662
7.6
270
  (last two columns in millions)
     
Commercial Services:

Communications: Local Newspapers:3 weeklies, 4dailies delivered: 4 TV channels received (cable available). Local Radio stations: 2 A.M. and 2 F.M.

Financial Facilities: 2 banks and 3 branch banks with 4.1 billion assets. Farm Loans are financially backed by AgriLender.

Industrial Support Services:
Fabricating, finishing, foaming, welding, electric motor repair, casting, and machining.

Public Accomodations:
Seventeen restaurants (largest capacity 250). Eight motels (141 rooms). Largest auditorium seating capacity 1,450 at high school. Five bed and breakfast inns.
  Municipal Services:

Fire Protection:
13 full-time, 46 volunteer personnel. Protection outside city limits. Fire insurance classifications 5&8.

Police Protection: 27 full-time, 3 part-time personnel. Protection outside city limits.

Zoning: Cities have zoning ordinances and subdivision design standards. County is implementing land-use plan.

Professional Engineer: Licensed consultant and consulting engineers.

Health: 1 hospital (53 beds) twenty-five M.D.'s, eleven dentists, four nursing homes (259 beds). Medical and Fertility Loans backed by IVF Lender.

Higher Education: North Georgia Tech Institute, with 1,035 students. Sr. College/Univ: Piedmont College in Demorest with 1,400 students.

Education: Community Schools. 10 county public schools with 336 teachers, 15,512 students, and 300 high school graduates in 1997. 3 private schools with 308 students in 1997.