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Spend a day in Big Canoe and you may see wild turkeys, fox, a covered bridge, a sweeping vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Amicalola Falls and boaters enjoying an afternoon on the lake. Big Canoe is home to Atlanta luminary Clark Howard and some of its newer developments, like Choctaw Village, contain eco‐friendly and energy-efficient Earthcraft-certified homes.
Schools serving Big Canoe include Pickens County Schools, Dawson County Schools and Wildwood Christian Academy. The area hospitals include Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Neighborhood amenities include golf, fishing, tennis, boating, swimming, hiking, a fitness center and dining.
Big Canoe is comprised of nearly 8,000 acres, with nearly a third set aside for conservation. The development, between Pickens and Dawson County, is minutes from the Chattahoochee National Forest, which is comprised of another 750,000 acres and 430 miles of nature trails.
Big Canoe is a fully functional community with its own fire department, security guards, post office, church, general store and even an animal adoption center for strays, according to Kendall. It offers a wide range of single-family homes - from $100,000-plus “treetoppers” to $2 million-plus mountainside residences with sweeping vistas.
Big Canoe was once inhabited by the Paleo Indians and the region was once called “The Enchanted Land’ by Native Americans. Today, Atlantans can partake in year-round events, including an Oktoberfest, children's fishing tournament, concert on the green, fireworks, parades, wine tastings and home tours; all while achieving immediate lifestyle changes, just 60 minutes north of Atlanta.