Tharon Gid­dens

The Covington News - - Society - tgid­dens@cov­news.com

If you re­ally want to get away from it all, check out Lake Win­field Scott in the north Ge­or­gia high­lands.

It’s a Na­tional For­est Ser­vice re­cre­ation area in a se­cluded val­ley east of Suches, of­fer­ing swim­ming, fish­ing, pic­nick­ing, hik­ing and camp­ing.

The lake is small, just 18 acres, but of­fers a sandy beach and a magnificent beach house and pavil­ion that date from the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps. Week­days, you’re likely to have the beach to your­self, but the lake has be­come pop­u­lar as a week­end des­ti­na­tion. On a re­cent Satur­day there were dozens of folks cool­ing off in its chilly wa­ter, and at least a dozen an­glers try­ing their luck around the lake.

Trails through the un­der­growth fol­low a creek and lead through an ex­panse of ferns. It’s green, it’s cool and it’s an easy hike. There’s also a flat trail around the lake.

Camp­sites are typ­i­cal For­est Ser­vice pads. A sin­gle full-ser­vice site costs $12 a night, and a group site is $40 a night. There’s also a Spartan cabin avail­able for $80.

No-ameni­ties sites are $6, and you can rent a large pic­nic shel­ter for $75 or $35 for a small pic­nic shel­ter. Day-use park­ing is $5.

The drive to the lake is one of the most scenic in Ge­or­gia. Watch out for bi­cy­clists, though, and be cour­te­ous and share the road.

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