Visitors and locals of Blairsville, Hiawassee and Young Harris, GA are all welcomed to experience the beauty and amenities of Lake Nottely. Located just over the Western North Carolina border, and only two hours from metropolitan areas like Atlanta and Chattanooga, Lake Nottely is a welcome respite to those fortunate enough to visit or live in this area. Whether you are a local enjoying a weekend on the lake or a traveler seeking solace from the city, Nottely caters to every interest.
Lake Nottely in Blairsville, GA, is one of the area’s most popular places to soak up the sun and enjoy the endless lake activities of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Nottely, fondly known as North Georgia’s hidden gem, is home to some of the best fishing spots, glistening waters, and scenic views the North Georgia/Western Carolina region has to offer. With a surface area of over 4,000 acres and a shoreline of 106 miles, there is no better place in Union County, GA to enjoy lake life and beautiful views than Lake Nottely.
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Lake Nottely, located entirely in Blairsville Georgia, is actually a reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1942, when they built Nottely Dam across the Nottely River. Originally, the dam and lake were created to supply power to the area and for flood control, however today, most people view the lake as a beautiful outdoor play area.
Lake Nottely covers 4,180 acres of Blairsville with approximately 106 miles of shoreline. Two marinas, several public boat ramps, and Poteete Creek Campground all provide ample access to the lake, and a beach and recreation area. You can boat to one of the deserted islands on the lake, or a secluded cove, and easily imagine you’re the only person on the entire lake, to just soak up the peacefulness and beauty of everything around you.
Nestled along not only the peaceful lake but the Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Nottely is a picturesque landscape of diverse flora and fauna. Anybody looking to escape the hustle and bustle of busier cities or thrives in a relaxed country setting will find the ideal home in this rustic and charming little area of Northern Georgia.
Residents of Lake Nottely can indulge in a variety of adventurous and exciting hobbies, particularly when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. With the diverse terrain, the beautiful lake access, and the proximity to nearby towns, locals have countless opportunities to keep entertained.
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of fish found in Lake Nottely. The state of Georgia keeps the lake well stocked with species such as black and striped bass, walleye, rainbow trout, and more to provide anglers with premium fishing opportunities. There are also several bait and tackle shops located along the lake.
Several campgrounds are available to the public to enjoy a more rustic adventure, both for single day-use as well as overnight camping. Campgrounds include Poteete’s Creek Campground, Canal Lake Bible Camp, Canal Lake Campground, Lake Nottely RV Park, and Mountain Oak Cabins and Campground. Several of these wonderful campgrounds offer children’s programs during the summer to allow kids to experience all that nature has to offer and learn to respect and love the wildlife surrounding the lake.
A multitude of attractions and services are scattered throughout Lake Nottely. Marinas offer boat rentals including power boats, canoes, and kayaks, tackle shops provide all the best equipment for a fishing excursion, and beach areas for sunbathing and swimming are all examples of how locals can enjoy the beautiful waters of Lake Nottely. On land, residents have several opportunities for activity and entertainment including stables for a day of horseback riding, vineyards for wine tasting and indulging in unique craft spirits, artisan galleries in the quaint surrounding towns, and so much more. There’s so much to do in Lake Nottely, year-round, rain or shine, young or old.
At any given moment, there’s typically between 250-300 land lots and lake homes on the Lake Nottely real estate market. Homes for sale range between humble cabins surrounded by thick forestry and upscale waterfront estates.
Until recently, hundreds of acres surrounding the lake were used as farm land. Now they’ve become available for individual ownership and many grand, rustic luxury subdivisions have been created around the lake.
Areas such as lake Nottely attract various residents, both permanent and part-time. The beautiful water and beachside access makes for the ideal summer getaway for those who reside in a more urban city. A large portion of the real estate in the Lake Nottely community reside there primarily during the warm summer months and then retreat back to their hometowns when the warm breezes turn to chilly winds.
The cost of living in this incredible neighborhood varies depending on the type of home, size of home, location along the lake, and the state of the house. Cozy cottages can be found starting at approximately $130,000, grand, upscale lakeside homes can be found for over $3 million, and everything in between can be spotted in the diverse Lake Nottely community.
Several vacant lots as well as unique custom homes are available in the most desirable areas of Lake Nottely. Plenty of old farm homes have been updated and converted into modern, customized country homes. Also dotted around the perimeter are several campgrounds, where you can purchase a small lot for a camper or motorhome and utilize community lake access points and various other amenities.
The cozy waterside lifestyle is the perfect oasis in this modern, hectic world. Living along a secluded lake surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest with beautiful mountain views set into the distance, it’s easy to lose yourself in the gorgeous scenery and landscape of this quiet and peaceful town. As tranquil and relaxing as this lifestyle can be, sometimes you just need to venture out into a more popular area and socialize, shop, meet up with friends, and enjoy a change of pace. There are several more densely populated towns surrounding Lake Nottely that are easily accessible to the quiet residents of the community.
The closest of these is Blairsville, Georgia. Blairsville consists of a colorful population and is full of friendly faces, welcoming neighborhoods, and an eclectic collection of local shops and restaurants. Located approximately 8.6 miles, or 15 minutes, away, Lake Nottely residents can access this charming little town by US-129 South.
Morganton, Georgia, is another small town with a population of approximately 300. Found in Fannin County, Morganton is also a lakeside town nestled along Blue Ridge Lake. The beautiful beach area is host to several festivals and events throughout the year. Morganton is located about 14 miles (18 minutes) from Lake Nottely and can be accessed by US-76 West.
A bit farther than the other nearby towns is Suches. This quaint town is known for the incredible trails found in the area including Roost Trailhead and scenic walking paths along Woody Lake. The Appalachian Trail also passes through Woody Gap. Suches is located approximately 30 miles (47 minutes) from Lake Nottely residents. The town can be found along GA-60 South.
The largest nearby town is Young Harris. With a population of just over 1,000 people, the town is home to plenty of young adults. This is due to the location of Young Harris College, a popular post-secondary schooling option for many in the Northern Georgia area. With the younger demographic, many diverse dining establishments and bars can be enjoyed in Young Harris. The town is located approximately 19 miles from Lake Nottely, about 25 minutes away. This charming town can be found along US-76 East.
Lake Nottely is a spectacular, scenic area made up of the perfect mix of gorgeous water, dense forests, and distant mountain landscapes. The beautiful homes found in the area consist of modest residences, historic homes, and modern waterfront properties. The combination of the affordable housing, stunning views, and diverse housing styles makes Lake Nottely an exemplary home to all types of people in all stages of life and in all price ranges. Let us find you a wide variety of lake properties, from sprawling multi-acre estates to quarter acre lots. Living on this majestic lake in the valley of the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest is a dream come true. Contact us today for your opportunity to see your dreams realized.