Top 16 Things To Do In Chatsworth, Georgia - Updated 2021

things to do in Chatsworth GA

Tucked away at the base of the Fort Mountain, and seldom touted as the gateway to the Appalachians, Chatsworth is a quaint-looking town that inspires a wonderful community feel. It is a friendly travel destination that won’t disappoint adventurers or nature lovers, and there are many good reasons. The land is bestowed with unspoiled wilderness including enchanting redwood forest, valleys, and mountains. Did we mention about the off-the-beaten paths of the 37,030-acre (14,985 hectares ) Cohutta Wilderness which is composed of 94 miles (151 km) of hiking and backpacking trails? But this little town also carries a historical and cultural legacy of the Cherokee Nation, who lived here for centuries. Though the town is small in size, there’s plenty of things to do here if ever you’re planning to visit. Just book a stay first in one of the Airbnb vacation rentals and read on below to find our comprehensive list of things to do in Chatsworth, Georgia.

1. Tour the historical, 19th-century Chief Vann House

Chief Vann House, Sept 2017
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Built in the 19th century, the Chief Vann House is known to be the oldest, quaint but sublime-looking building in northern third of Georgia. It is one of the few attractions that carries a historical and cultural heritage of the Cherokee Nation, showcasing the success and wealth of the Cherokee leader James Vann. The wealthy businessman owned the largest and most prosperous plantation covering 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of land. The land included a two-and-a-half story brick home, which is still touted as the most gorgeous mansion in the Cherokee Nation. Its bricks were particularly brought from red clay at the Spring Place Plantation property. The property had around 42 slave cabins, smokehouses, a trading post, barns and a garden with peach and apple trees.

Chief Vann House

Address: 82 GA-225, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: Chief Vann House

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 7 USD

2. Enjoy an entertaining music show at Murray Arts Council

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If you’re eager to discover some local talents of the Chatsworth region then attend one of the Murray Arts Council’s musical performances, or exhibitions, where you’ll get to see a collective work of talented individuals. Located just across the street from the Historic Murray County Courthouse, the arts council has for years supported local artists and organized music festivals at their beautiful park for free. Attend one of their events to mingle with the locals.

Murray Arts Council

Address: 120 N 3rd Ave, Chatsworth, GA 30705, United States

Website: Murray Arts Council

3. Learn about the railroad history of Murray County at Chatsworth Depot

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Lauded as the oldest public building in Chatsworth, Chatsworth Depot was constructed in 1905 along the railway tracks leading to Ellijay and west of the Appalachian Mountains. The town was in itself created as a result of the railroad. Currently, the depot is situated adjacent to the Wright Hotel, attracting curious visitors who wish to learn more about the history of the railroad of Murray County. There are several interesting displays such as old photographs, historical documents, a G-Scale model railroad, a 1960 Seaboard Coast Line caboose, just to name a few. The depot also hosts Model Train Expo, music concerts, the local Black Beer Festival–which includes a themed display of the ‘Polar Express’, where model trains run in winter scenes.

Chatsworth Depot

Address: 500 N 1st Ave, Chatsworth, GA 30705-2560

Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed from Sun - Fri)

4. Have a rejuvenating hideaway at Carters Lake Marina & Resort

Carters Lake - panoramio
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It’s of no wonder that Carters Lake has served as an inspiration for the novel and film ‘Deliverance’ by James Dickey, and the reason is its pristine setting. This verdant sanctuary lies on the Coosawattee River in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Murray County. It is known to be the deepest lake in the region and has attracted many jaded commuters to take a rejuvenating break in the midst of the wild nature. Visitors can enjoy fishing, water skiing, camping, and even kayaking. And if you wish to spend some couple of days here, away from the bustling cities, then consider sojourning in one of the rented cabins at Carters Lake Marina & Resort. Accommodation ranges between luxurious and rustic lakeside cabins for families and couples. There are also boat renting options, and other facilities such as restaurants, boat dock, self-service pump-out station, and houseboats.

Carters Lake Marina & Resort

Address: 575 Marina Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, United States

Website: Carters Lake Marina & Resort

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

5. Go on a mountain getaway at Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain State Park
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If you’re yearning for nature connection and fresh air then head to the popular Fort Mountain State Park at the south-western end of the Cohutta Mountains. Whether you prefer to hike on the rugged winding paths of the state park, cool off at the lakeside beach, or pick some juicy wild blueberries, this could be your favorite things to do while visiting Chatsworth. Besides being home to the beautiful hardwood forest, the park has a lofty 855-foot-long (260 meters) fortification tower built by Cherokee Indians. If you’re planning to visit this park then consider booking a fully equipped cottage overnight or stay at one of the backpacking campsites to make the most out of your outdoor adventure.

Fort Mountain State Park

Address: 181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: Fort Mountain State Park

Opening hours: 7am - 10pm (daily)

Price: 5 USD

6. Do your last minute shopping at Stars and Stripes Shopping Center

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beautiful day here after the rain

Posted by Stars and Stripes Shopping Center on Thursday, August 9, 2018

From exciting clothing flash sales to its fun kids’ events, Stars and Stripes Shopping Center is a one-stop shopping destination for your shopping, entertainment, and of course to discover the local food of Chatsworth. This shopping center is an ideal way to spend some quality time with friends, and buy souvenirs or local products to take back home. With easy access to facilities, the shopping center makes a better option to make your last-minute shopping. If you’re planning to have lunch then don’t miss Taqueria Oaxaquena Authentic Mexican Restaurant Bar and Grill.

Stars and Stripes Shopping Center

Address: 422 Green Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: Stars and Stripes Shopping Center

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 10:30pm

7. Hike along the winding paths of Emery Creek Trail

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Though Emery Creek Trail makes a perfect nature’s paradise, where one could just spend hours contemplating the luxuriant forest, winding rugged paths, and not to mention the spellbinding waterfalls, hiking here might not be for novice hikers. Beautifully tucked away in the southern Cohutta Wilderness, Emery Creek Trail is a 6-mile (9 km) out-and-back trail that includes about 20 creek crossings and leads to the 5 much-sought-after waterfalls. The hiking trail can be somewhat challenging because of the fact that most parts of the trails are slippery. It is recommended to always take the left fork and follow the neon-green blazes while hiking. It is always wise to plan your hike before you set out for the adventure.

Emery Creek Trail

Address: Emery Creek Trail, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

8. Camp out by the pristine Lake Conasauga

Lake Conasauga (Floyd County, Georgia) 2
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Take a well-deserved break in the unspoiled territory of Lake Conasauga - the highest lake in Georgia - and spend a wonderful time with your family or beloved. Campers can take advantage of the 31 campsites, with parking availability, restrooms, and picnic tables. But what makes this place really exceptional is the 19-acre (7 hectares) spring-fed lake which is close to the Grassy Mountain. You can hike, fish, swim, and immerse in the pristine natural setting that might actually rejuvenate your spirit. There is no need to reserve before coming since the site is based on a first-come, first-serve service.

Lake Conasauga USFS Campground

Address: Conasauga Lake Rd, Chatsworth, Georgia 30705

Website: Lake Conasauga USFS Campground

Price: 8 USD

9. Take an epic hiking adventure in the Cohutta Wilderness

Cohutta Wilderness Salamander
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If hiking the Appalachian trail seems a bit too daunting, then your next best bet would be undoubtedly the 37,030 acres (14985 hectares) Cohutta Wilderness which is composed of 94 miles (151 km) of hiking and backpacking trails. The wilderness is made up of ridgeline trails and off-the-beaten hiking paths in the valley amid crisscrossing rivers. Avid hikers will have 15 moderate hiking trails to choose from, and they all range from 4 (6 km) to 19 miles (30 km).

Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads

Address: National Forest, 2694 Old Hwy 2

Website: Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads

10. Spend time golfing at Spring Lakes Golf Club

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Posted by Spring Lakes Golf Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Golf enthusiasts will certainly find Spring Lakes Golf Club a discerning hang-out spot where they can play golf and meet like-minded people. This 18-hole golf course’s rating is 70.4 and has a slope rating of 129, making it an ideal place to challenge avid golfers. Facilities include 24/7 booking service, lessons with PGA-certified instructors, lockers, pubs, bar and grill areas, and a pool table.

Spring Lakes Golf Club


Website: Spring Lakes Golf Club

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

11. Have a leisurely stroll along Chatsworth City Park

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Spend a lazy afternoon strolling around Chatsworth City Park, which encompasses the entire city block. Situated behind the city hall on the 1st and 2nd Avenues, the park offers many relaxing spots where you can find comfy benches, picnic tables, and a fountain. The park seldom hosts musical events and cultural shows, making it the kind of place to meet the friendly locals. Do take note though that biking and skating at the park are not allowed. So whether you prefer to read a book, walk around, or have a picnic, the park is simply the place to be.

Chatsworth City Park

Address: Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: Chatsworth City Park

Opening hours: 5am - 11pm (daily)

12. Attend an epic car racing adventure at North Georgia Speedway

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Posted by North Georgia Speedway on Monday, April 13, 2015

You can’t leave Chatsworth without visiting North Georgia Speedway where you can actually come face-to-face with fast racing cars, cheers from the crowds, dirt flying everywhere, close finishes, and bound-to-happen crashes. This is exactly what you can expect while visiting this adrenaline-packed attraction. There are many facilities to cater for a huge crowd. Parking lots are available and are served on a first-come, first-serve basis, though there are VIP parking spots, too. There are racing classes as well. You can also enjoy affordable foodstuff such as hamburgers with pickles, hot dogs, and drinks.

North Georgia Speedway

Address: 300 N Georgia Raceway Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: North Georgia Speedway

13. Shop till you drop at Southgate Shopping Center

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From a range of diverse restaurants with several cuisines to choose from to souvenir shops, Southgate Shopping Center is an affordable place to do some shopping. If you are short in time and wish to make some last-minute shopping then this is the place to be, where you could easily find an eclectic range of local products to take home with you. After shopping you can enjoy a delicious meal at one of its restaurants–the most recommended one is the Mexican restaurant where the tacos are simply yummy.

Southgate Shopping Center

Address: Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Opening hours: 1pm - 9pm (daily)

14. Try the scrumptious hamburgers at Big V

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Posted by The Big V on Thursday, July 10, 2014

There is a need to make an absolute stop at the Big V if your taste buds are craving for some scrumptious homestyle hamburgers and fries. This small rustic-chic restaurant has a lovely interior where you can instantly feel comfortable and welcomed by the friendly staff. Their service is top-notch but their burgers are just simply next-level. And you won’t even have to complain about their price. Besides trying the delicious bacon cheeseburger or steak, you’ll get a chance to mingle with the locals as well.

Big V

Address: 716 N 3rd Ave, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: Big V

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 11am - 8pm (closed on Sun)

15. Relish delicious barbecue at Saucey Bones BBQ

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Another recommended restaurant to check out while traveling to Chatsworth is Saucy Bones BBQ, where locals come to try their enticing barbecue menu especially paired with the loaded potatoes and the chicken nuggets. The restaurant is family-friendly and the staff as well are always there to guide you through the menu. One of the must-try menus is the jumbo pork sandwich which is mostly in high demand.

Saucey Bones BBQ

Address: 1109 N 3rd Ave, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm (closed on Sun)

16. Try yummy frozen yogurt at The Crave Of Chatsworth

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Posted by The Crave of Chatsworth on Thursday, March 26, 2015

If you’re planning to visit Stars and Stripes Shopping Center then you don’t want to miss The Crave - a locally owned self-service frozen yogurt shop. Undeniably a children’s favorite stop, adults as well enjoy the myriad range of flavors which has several twist combinations on a daily basis. You can choose from 10 flavors along with 40 toppings which consist of candy, nuts, fruits, chopped candy bars, chocolate, and various sauces. And the best part is that you’ll get to sample many of its flavors before you get to create your own!

The Crave Of Chatsworth

Address: 422 Green Rd a, Chatsworth, GA 30705, USA

Website: The Crave Of Chatsworth

Opening hours: 1pm - 8pm (daily)

Chatsworth, the gateway to the Appalachians

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Chatsworth might be small in size but this quaint Georgian town is a verdant land made up of sublime rugged terrains, where you can explore and connect with nature. There also its historical and cultural side. Find our compiled list of things to do and enjoy your time here at Chatsworth.

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