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About Enota Mountain Retreat

Enota is the perfect mountain escape to spend time with your friends and family. Enota is a non-profit conservation facility committed to preserving our beautiful land with a number of accommodations including vacation rental cabins, full hook-up RV camping sites, pop-up and tent camping sites and a Retreat Center for conferences, groups, events and seminars. Enota is rated to be in the top 100 camping destinations in the country.

Price
$55.00
Operator
Private
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 65 ft.

Staying at Enota Mountain Retreat

on water

10 Sites

Location
Enota Mountain Retreat is located in Georgia
Latitude
34.8378 N
Longitude
-83.7756 W
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Directions
From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 N/Lanier Pkwy towards Gainesville. Stay on 985 North for about 35-45 minutes until you get to the fourth traffic light. At the light make a left onto 384 towards Helen. Note: a guest mentioned a stop light was added, so it may the 5th light to turn onto 384. Road 384 will dead-end in to road 75. Make a right onto road 75 going north and going through the town of Helen. Once in Helen, stay north on 75 and go over the mountain. As you get to the bottom of the other side, you will cross a small stream and then see our road 180. Make a left on to 180, go 2.6 miles, and you will the see the Enota sign on the left. From Ashville, NC: Take I-40 West, Then I-23 South to Dillsboro. Stay on I-23 until just past Franklin, NC, Then take I-64 West. Stay on 64 about 20 minutes. Go past Shooting Creek, turn left onto Hwy 175/75 into Hiawassee, GA. Go through town, on the south end turn right on Hwy 17/75 towards Helen, GA. Go South about 6.2 miles. ( Watch for The Deer Lodge Restaurant on left as road narrows back to 2 lane.) Next road to the right is Hwy 180. Turn onto Hwy 180 and proceed for approximately 2.6 miles. Watch for signs and entrance to campground on the left. Alternate route: Leave Franklin, NC, on Hwy 441 South to Clayton, GA. Go west on Hwy 76 until you reach HWY 17/75 South towards Helen, GA. Go South about 6.2 miles. ( Watch for The Deer Lodge Restaurant on left as road narrows back to 2 lane.) Next road to the right is Hwy 180. Turn onto Hwy 180 and proceed for approximately 2.6 miles. Watch for signs and entrance to campground on the left. From Chattanooga, TN: Head north on I-75 to Hwy 64 East towards Murphy, NC. Proceed to Hwy 11 toward Blairsville, GA Go through the town square to Hwy 19/129 South. Turn left on Hwy 180. Go approximately 8-9 miles (you will pass Brasstown Bald Mountain). Enota's entrance is on the right. (If you pass Enota, you will end up at Hwy 75 in another 3 miles.)
12 Reviews of Enota Mountain Retreat
Pretty Nice Place!

The scenery here is beautiful; I enjoyed being able to set up my tent right next to the stream. The sites are close together, but it was fairly empty when I was there. The staff seemed disorganized and didn't really know what they were doing, but they were friendly enough. The bathhouse is far from the adult camping area, but overall it was a decent camping experience!

Rude and unfriendly staff

The staff here doesn’t care about customer service.  They have an attitude and act like they are doing you a favor by just speaking with you.  There are plenty of options in north Georgia, so I’d recommend skipping Enota simply because the people are rude and it’s not worth supporting a place that doesn’t treat people the right way.

Mountain Serenity

Unique campground with basic amenities. Close access to trails and there are multiple waterfalls on the property. The campsites are on the close side but the environment is top notch.

Beautiful property in the mountains with waterfalls on site!

The property is well maintained and beautiful with waterfalls, streams, and a lodge. They have cabins, rv sites, and separate adulting tent camping. We stayed at the adult tent site 74 which is really close to one of the waterfalls. Site 72 is the closest on the side we stayed on but our site had great access to the water and was a little more secluded. The is a spot in front of the waterfall that is public space and we didn’t want people walking up to view the waterfall basically next to our site as the sites are very close together. There is another beautiful sit on the other side that I would say is best for y’all he waterfall. I checked out the other sites as we were the only tent campers as it was during the week. Site 82 is the most private still on the the water and like a little forest dream site. The facilities were nice and well kept however, there was no potable water or restrooms close to the tent camping. The lady that checked us in (not sure if manager or owner) but she was somewhat spastic and forgetful which was not pleasant but was overall friendly. Locations is super close to High Shoals Falls which was a great hike and beautiful as well as close to Helen, Georgia, and Unicoi State Park.

Massively outdated and terrible staff

This place is terrible. Everything is outdated. There are dilapidated buildings. Nothing is clean. Also don’t trust the website because nothing is actually there. There is no garden and a few animals, but you can’t go see them. The staff was very rude and actually overcharged us for our stay. The owners are absolutely nuts. They have no idea how to run a business. Don’t believe the non profit mess because they charge you for everything. They charge per person and per pet per day. Also, the website listed prices as $55 but when we arrived it was suddenly $65. They charge you for every little thing. Sure the location is great but it’s not worth dealing with these people when there are much nicer campgrounds just a mile or two up the road. Just don’t even waste your time or money trying to give this place a chance.

Love This Place!

Staff is massively friendly , views are wicked, fresh air is really so nice that I was very sad to leave. You will love the streams and huge waterfalls. Tons of kids running around and families seemed to have fun in nature.

However the owner is out of her mind. ALL pass reviews are TRUE

beautiful nature, water falls and hiking . But over priced for everything

Ranger Review: Gregory Backpacks at Enota Mountain Retreat

Campground Review:

This Campground is really unique and beautiful with a good variety of natural settings for both tent and RV sites. If you look through my pictures you will see that almost every RV site is on a roaring creek as are the tent sites, and there are cabins on site as well. This would be an excellent site for a multi family gathering where some want cabins, some want RVs and some want tents. There are 4 waterfalls on the property, 2 of which are pretty solid hikes to get to. One is 200 ft tall and the other is 400 ft tall. The Falls are wild and roll through the forest so you don't necessarily see the giant drop off but there are plenty of opportunities for backcountry type scrambling to find sweet little pools and seats to cool off in. the AT is just 1.5 miles away. Another amazing little secret about this place is it is about 2 miles from Chatahoochee Spring, which is on the AT and the actual origin of the Chatahoochee River. The hike to the spring offers an amazing experience to see how the creek narrows as you rise to the lone Chatahoochee spring that starts the entire watershed. The place is currently owned and run by Dr. Scwan, a former chiropractor and is sort of in transition to new owners/ caretakers. I visited the Campground 3 times, once was an unannounced visit. Each time the staff was friendly and helpful. My son and daughter fell in love with this place. They loved the trampoline park, the petting zoo, and the campground dog "spirit".

If you love family camping they have it, if you love kitsch, they have it, but more importantly, they have some serious hiking trails! You can take it easy or put a pack on your kids and take them into the wild-something I did and my kids are still trying to figure out if they hate me for or not.

The motel rooms appear to not be currently functional due to flooding this past winter. The owner is trying to bring the property back up to speed after a rough winter of flooding and tornadoes that passed over the property. There are new staff on board for the season. One staff member has hiked the entire AT twice, the last time at age 70! With a side trail off the AT of about 1.5 miles, this would be a nice resupply site for thru hikers. The air there feels good and you know you are tucked in a true mountain cove with streams and waterfalls roaring on either side. The prices reflect more of a "glamping" experience but the natural camping experience there is worth the visit.

Product Review:

As a Dyrt Ranger, I get to test out products and on this trip we tested out two Gregory Backpacks and a Gregory hydration pack. This was the first backpacking trip for our family of four. I backpacked before kids all the time and once I had babies, I made the decision to only car camp until the kids could carry their own packs. That seems like yesterday but wouldn't you know, it's already 9 year later and so we suited up to hike up to the AT for the night. We used the stout 75- men's navy blue pack, the Icarus 40- youth cape green, and the hydration 2L reservoir.

The stout worked great for my husband, who carried the most weight and has developed quite the dad bod over the last 9 years. As a result, he needed the extra adjustment features such as the torso, hip belt, and sleeping bag entry adjustment.

The 2 L hydration reservoir, well we fought over who got to carry that. It fits nicely into the pack interior and Gregory has hat great hook and h2o hole. The thing that separates the Gregory hydration pack is that there is a little magnetic clip that fits in your pack and clips to the spout. It makes for easy access. The wide mouth opening makes it easy to fill but screwing on the top can be tricky. If you don't lay it completely flat then it leaks. The first night I lost all my water this way.

The Icarus 40 youth pack was great for my 9 year old. It was his first trek. He was able to carry his pack, his sleep pad, some of the food and some tent poles. He had a Nalgene bottle in the side pocket hat kept sliding out when he leaned over and that was frustrating for him. But his shoulders were not sore at the end of the trip and he said at the end that he liked backpacking after all (the first few climbs were not so easy). Speaking of, this pack can handle being flung to the ground in frustration by a 9 year old who is exhausted and just wants to "go home". Remedy- just keep strapping it back on, apply plenty of water and encouragement and in about 2 miles "backpacking isn't so bad".

Gregory is a great brand to get into if you are starting or restarting backpacking. They are cost effective, long lasting, and have been around a long time. Not to mention, when you call the 800 number there is an option to be put through to someone immediately if you are on the AT.

Quiet camp

Only complaint was bathhouse not clean

Love the adult only camping section on the creek

We had a primitive tent site right on the flowing creek and at a small waterfall. It was so peaceful. This section is adults only which was quiet. The campground offers a lot of kid activities in another part of the campground including a petting zoo and in-ground trampolines. This campground is along the Appalachian Trail and you can hike to see beautiful waterfalls. There is a great camp store and the staff is friendly. The bathrooms come in handy with a primitive site, but they are far away from those sites. There’s an outhouse only near the adult campsites. The campsites are small, so you get to know your neighbors. The RV sites are right on top of each other too.