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Enota Mountain Retreat
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

We (husband and 2 boys, aged nearly 6 and 4) arrived on a Monday to find the place nearly deserted--and not a bad thing at all! We were assigned a site but given the choice from several adjoining family tent sites. They were all close together with no privacy (say, vegetation) of any sort, but since we were they only ones in a tent, it was no issue. It was peaceful with the babbling creek right behind the picnic table and tent. The play area was a hit (be careful of the trampolines for safety!). The kids loved the walk to the gardens and picking weeds to feed the rabbits at the farm. The kids and parents also enjoyed being able to give mile to the calf, feed the goats, and hold the baby chicks and goslings. Playing Pooh sticks in the creeks and wading were hits and there were few complaints about the short hikes in the woods to the waterfalls. The camp is also close to links with the Appalachian Trail, so the likely only time we as a family got to hike part of the trail. Close enough (12 miles north or south) to local towns for groceries. The only negatives were NOT encountering wildlife (bird song in the morning was all) and the close proximity to other campers once the week passed on and it begin to get busier. The staff were very friendly, kept the place tidy, and had plenty to offer at the lodge for those afternoon ice cream treats for good hikers.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We camped at Enota for three nights over the weekend with our 4 year old son and 16 year old niece. Honestly, we've never had this much fun camping! It's a very family friendly campground with trampolines, playground, cabins, working farm, and friendly staff.

On the guided farm tour, we got to hold baby ducks and chickens, pet and feed rabbits and goats, and milk a cow. There are two substantial waterfalls on the property that involve short hikes. The hike to the 200 foot waterfall is fairly strenuous but worth it. There's nothing like sitting on the large rocks next to the falls and enjoying the cool breeze. The hike to the 400 foot waterfall is easier. You can't get as close to it, but it offers a beautiful yet different perspective.

The campground's owner has a dog named Spirit, and the lodge has an interesting journal where campers have left written memories of their time with Spirit. She often takes up with families during their stay, and we were fortunate she chose us! She went on hikes with us and slept outside our tent. It may sound cheesy, but her companionship made the trip all the more special.

Our son's favorite part of the trip was the cool mountain stream that was on our campsite. It's shallow enough to allow for independent play with adequate supervision. He entertained himself for hours just throwing rocks in the stream.

One of the best things about Enota is the staff. There are plenty of them! Lots of volunteers live on-site in cabins, and they take amazing care of the grounds. The bath houses were cleaned twice daily. The staff wear the same colored shirts with STAFF printed in bold letters on the back. They are so helpful and friendly. They instantly made us feel like part of a special community.

I usually don't take time to write reviews but am so enthusiastic about our experience that I just have to spread the word. Special places like Enota can and will exist only to the extent people know about it!

COULD NOT RECOMMEND MORE HIGHLY!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

My group didn't stay on resort. We went there to fish and had a great time. Yes we caught plenty of fish. Loved it. Will be going back soon.The staff was so courteous and griendly. Thanks again. Oh! The water fall was awesome too.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

We had a beautiful family tent site right on the creek. Met incredible people. Our 3 girls had the time of their lives! Everything about Enota is spectacular! We booked a week for July as we checked out! Enota will be a place we that visit over and over again. Many memories will be made there! Next visit we are taking our dog!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Went to Enota in 2013 alone to get away and think. Took the Fav Two and a friend this year and it was even more Fabulous. The Fav two went up the mountain to the waterfall as if they had climbed it before. They had heard about mommy climbing it so they had extra incentive to do so. They loved the petting zoo, camp fire, trampolines, hay rides, trout pond and the bonfire was a super hit. I would take the fav two here every year for the serenity of nature and all that Enota has to offer...

Room Tip: If you don't want to camp, rent a room, the price is great and worth the convenience.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband, Mark and I have been camping at Enota for several years. We absolutely LOVE it! The mountain streams are amazing and run throughout the property. They have a large organic garden. There is a farm with all sorts of animals. There are waterfalls you can hike to. Many fun things for a family or for a couple. Suan has worked very hard to get Enota where it is today. She is very concerned about the property, her staff and her guests. The staff are very friendly and helpful. You always know who is on staff because they all wear the same tee shirts marked "Staff". Enota is a place of beauty. Once you go-- you won't want to leave. The serenity of the entire place is unbeatable. Just to relax in our hammocks beside the stream melts away all of our cares and worries. It is always sad to leave- but never fear---we will be back soon! Thank you, Suan and staff for providing us with such an AWESOME vacation! Until we meet again! Debbie Martin

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

Just went up midweek prior to memorial day having read the positive and negative reviews on here and I have to say:

Pros:
Staff was welcoming.
The property is beautiful and enormous.
It was 6 degrees cooler than in Helen, GA.

And get this: IT WAS MOSQUITO FREE.

The creeks on property were lovely and my 4.5 year old son played in them for hours (and was able to navigate them safely in mini rapids).
Its a great place for kids (I'd say 3 onward).
Shared bathrooms pretty new and clean.
Lodge is nice.

Meh:
-- The tent sites and RV sites are incredibly jammed close together. Like, 8 feet away. So on a busy weekend you would have *no* privacy.
-- I'd stay away from the sites close to the dumpsters/recycling unless you want to run the risk of dealing with bears at night.
-- Playground and trampolines were great but in need of repair. Which is crazy because, well, you just keep that stuff repaired and suck up the cost.

Overall, my impression is if you are tent camping or RV camping, and can deal with how close things are together, then its pretty great. I cannot comment as to the cabin or motel experience (the "motel" rooms looked like 5 trailers with decks going up a hill -- TINY!), but the cabins look pretty run down.

We did notice:
They were building about 100 new picnic tables and repairing rotted railings

I'd speculate that they just don't have the working capital to refurbish the cabins & some of the amenities except piecemeal and so they don't.

Come for the location, the enjoyment your kids will have, the land, and manage your expectations about privacy (goto a state park if you want more privacy for your site) and I'd probably stay away from the cabins.

Oh, and for the complaints about costs of items like firewood, etc: its expected and not that out of line and we were glad to have the stuff available.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Address: 1000 Highway 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546-5408
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Location: United States > Georgia > Hiawassee
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Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Hiawassee
Price Range: $80 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 limited number of accommodations including motel hotel rooms, cabins, full hook-up RV sites, pop-up & tent 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. Enota Mountain Retreat in Helen Hiawassee Georgia. ... more   less 
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