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Area Description

About White County

White County, the 123rd county formed in Georgia, was created in 1857 from a part of the original land lot county of Habersham. In early times, the area of White County formed a transitional boundary between the Cherokee and Creek Native-American nations. The county was named for Newton County Rep. David T. White, who helped to attain passage of an act creating the new county. White County’s rich history has prepared its people for the challenges of tomorrow while instilling a strong sense of community and a desire for new opportunities.

Gold was found in White County in the late 1820’s on the Nacoochee River, then known as Duke’s Creek, touching off the Great Gold Rush of that century. Gold mining operations are still found today along the banks of the Town and Tesnatee Creeks in western White County.

Today, White County abounds with growth in business and industry. The application of new and emerging technologies allows the community to keep pace with the ever changing world. As you visit with us, we hope that you will see that White County has much to offer the young and young at heart, the laid-back and the adventurous spirit, the urbanite and the country traveler.

Includes Cities/Towns: Cleveland, Helen, Sautee Nacoochee.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   White County’s unspoiled mountains offer unparalleled outdoor recreation.
There are many private and state parks and recreation areas, as well as guided or solo excursions down rivers or across mountaintops. The area also has scenic golf courses and youth and adult sports leagues. White County has fun for everyone from the seasoned outdoor adventurer to the weekend golfer.

The White County Parks YMCA is a 40-acre facility that supports one gym, one weight room, two tennis courts, five ball fields, a swimming pool and a pavilion. Baseball, basketball, football, softball, and cheer leading are offered, as well as summer day camps. Silver Sneakers gives seniors a chance to stay flexible and healthy, and spring and fall are filled with the excitement of adult softball. For more information about the YMCA, please call (706) 865-5275.

Unicoi State Park offers swimming and fishing, as well as camping, hiking and picnicking. There is a beautiful waterfall and plenty of trails to explore. With a 100-room lodge, 30 cottages and numerous campsites, Unicoi is a special attraction for families or anyone seeking outdoor mountain recreation.

Anna Ruby Falls is another attraction you don’t want to miss. Two creeks flow off Tray Mountain and come together in a spectacular double waterfall. Curtis Creek plummets 153 feet and York Creek falls 50 feet to form Smith Creek at the bottom of the falls. A paved 0.4-mile footpath leads to the bottom of the falls. The longer, more challenging Smith Creek Trail leads from the base of the falls to Unicoi State Park. The Lion’s Eye Trail gives blind or visually impaired persons the opportunity to experience the environment along Smith Creek. Braille signs interpret various features of the area. Anna Ruby Falls, named for the daughter of Colonel John H. Nichols who once owned the land, is located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

The headwaters of the mighty Chattahoochee River rise in White County lending its beauty to the land around it. Breath-taking vistas are popular along the river. Several outposts rent inner tubes for a leisurely float down parts of the Chattahoochee or canoes and kayaks for a guided trip down swift whitewater on other parts.

Cultural Activities

White County has long been a draw for creativity. You can learn about the pioneers whose struggle to survive in what was then wilderness became the source for beauty and ingenuity at the White County Historical Museum in on the Cleveland Courthouse Square – then browse through our numerous galleries and gifts shops.

The Helen Arts and Heritage Center offers classes, a museum and a number of art shows and events. It is dedicated to sharing local art and preserving the unique history of Alpine Helen.

In Sautee Nacoochee, the Sautee Nacoochee Center has made it a mission to encourage creativity in the area – from poetry to performing arts, visual arts, dance, music and storytelling. The community folk-life play,

Two galleries and two museums are located at the center, but other galleries, studios and gift shops are located throughout the county.

Cleveland has galleries and shops offering local arts and crafts. A number of civic and community organizations with a variety of interests thrive in the area.

Public transportation

Medical Facilities

Northeast Georgia Physicians Group hosts a Quick-Care Facility in Cleveland. Several other doctors groups serve the people of White County including Mt. Yonah Family Practice. Residents have a choice of hospitals – Northeast Georgia Health System, a 557-inpatient, 261-skilled nursing bed health system in Gainesville, named one of the country's 100 Top Hospitals for 2009 by Thomson Reuters. Habersham County Medical Center, an award-winning 53-bed not-for-profit acute care facility in Demorest and Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega recently re-accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In White County Georgia?

For those of you that retire in White County Georgia, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 30's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in White County Georgia!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in White County Georgia such as a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in White County Georgia is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in White County Georgia, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  26  37  49
 Feb  28  41  53
 Mar  34  47  60
 Apr  42  55  69
 May  50  62  75
 Jun  59  70  81
 Jul  63  73  84
 Aug  62  73  83
 Sep  56  66  77
 Oct  44  56  68
 Nov  36  48  60
 Dec  28  40  51

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  23  0
 Feb  0  20  0
 Mar  0  14  0
 Apr  0  3  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  3  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  12  0
 Dec  0  22  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  6 "  11  29 %
 Feb  6 "  10  31 %
 Mar  6 "  10  36 %
 Apr  5 "  10  42 %
 May  5 "  11  54 %
 Jun  6 "  12  63 %
 Jul  5 "  12  66 %
 Aug  5 "  11  66 %
 Sep  6 "  9  60 %
 Oct  5 "  8  48 %
 Nov  6 "  9  39 %
 Dec  6 "  11  31 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  1 "  1  1
 Feb  1 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  1  0

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Cost of Living for White County Georgia

White County Georgia cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Senior Assistance in White County Georgia

White County Georgia offers the following assistance for seniors:

Legal Services
Information & Referral
Home Delivered Meals for the Homebound
Transportation Provided for In-County Trips to The Senior Center, Shopping, Medical/Dental, Appointments, Agencies, Banks, Paying Bills
Nutritional, Consumer & Health Education Programs
Medicare/Prescription Drug Plan Help & Information
Hair Care
Foot Care
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Recreation: Field Trips, Quilting, Crafts, Games, Bingo, Music & Singing, Social Conversation, Birthday & Holiday Celebrations

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