These 6 often-overlooked places are the perfect areas to build your log home.
Located in the North Georgia Mountains, southernmost of the Appalachians, the county is a hot spot for log homes — especially cabin-style homes — and attracts flatlanders seeking a change of scenery and relief from summer heat. Prominent towns are Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Mineral Bluff and Morganton.
Besides moderate climate, outdoor recreation is the lure. The county boasts 20 hiking trails, nine bike trails, a horse trail, six publicly owned camping areas and five waterfalls. Parts of the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta National Wilderness Area — the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi — lie in Fannin County. Water resources are plentiful, highlighted by centrally located Blue Ridge Lake. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates a cold water fish hatchery. Streams, lakes and reservoirs are stocked with rainbow trout.
Fannin County, population 21,887, comprises 391 square miles of land and water. Desirable home sites are available, as are lots with existing log homes for sale. You’ll also find several rustic resort communities. The average land price is $14,000 an acre; lots with views and water access command higher prices.
From a log-building standpoint, the region from north Georgia to nearby east Tennessee and west North Carolina abounds with milled-log companies and their representatives, as well as a host of handcrafters, many of them skilled hewers and dovetailers. Appalachian flat logs are the regional style, but round logs aren’t rare. Every so often, you’ll run across a big-log home from a western company. Predominant log species are southern yellow pine, eastern white pine and cypress.