Living Life To The Fullest

Whether meeting with friends or simply enjoying a quiet moment after a busy day, residents of The Preserve at Sharp Mountain relish the fulfillment of a life in harmony with nature. 

As soon as you enter The Preserve at Sharp Mountain through its east and west gates, you know you have arrived at a special place called home.  Welcome home to The Preserve, where people and nature connect.

The Preserve is designed to showcase and sustain its abundance of natural resources. Common areas include playgrounds, nine parks and trails: some with waterfalls and massive rock outcroppings; and an open-air lodge. The laughter you hear among the hills is the sound of Preserve neighbors enjoying each other’s company during social activities scheduled throughout the year.  

Boulder Falls Park

Massive rock outcroppings punctuate this aptly named park that features two hiking trails. The tributary Boulder Falls Branch bisects the park and becomes a scenic waterfall known as Mystic Waters.

Enterkin Park

A picnic-ready gazebo equipped with grill and benches sits at the head of twin trails along the waters of Sharp Mountain Creek amid forest and flowers.

Sharp Point Falls

This is an impressive cascading waterfall seen from The Preserve’s main thoroughfare, Sharp Mountain Parkway. Its flow serves as a sort of weather gauge, coming in whitecapped torrents following deluges. It is safely viewed from a footbridge adjacent to the parkway.

Sharp Mountain Nature Park, Lodge & Lawn

The Lodge is the The Preserve’s community center, where meetings and social activities abound, from the annual picnic and fall fest to happy hours. The Lodge is an open-air structure with a large stone fireplace and grill. The groomed oval lawn is the ideal spot for a picnic, games, or just lazing in the sun. The Nature Park also includes the Cubs Den playground, Split Rock Gardens with a small pond, and an overlook offering panoramic mountain and valley views.

Talking Falls Park

A meandering downhill hiking trail in this park intersects with Scarecorn Creek at the bottom and follows the creek northward among numerous small waterfalls. Fantastic views of craggy cliffs and cavelike openings in the rocks are seen above the creek, which forms the park’s western boundary.

Nesting Waters Park

This is The Preserve’s welcome center, greeting visitors just inside the east gate. A gazebo overlooks a fountain centerpiece on a small, tranquil lake. A hiking trail with a wooden footbridge over a lake tributary loops around the park.

Twin Creeks Park

This relatively rare flatland on the mountain features a playground and picnic area. Pettit Creek borders the park on the north. Towering trees provide plenty of shade. What’s in your picnic basket?

Social Life at The Preserve

The Preserve offers a full and diverse array of social activities. The 11 members of the Social Committee are experts at bringing people together to share common interests and make lasting friends.

Happy Hours at the Lodge are scheduled every other Sunday from May through mid-September. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage, and mingle with your neighbors. The Nature Lawn and Lodge is also the site for our annual picnic in June. Good ol’ Southern barbeque is always on the menu, along with volleyball, croquet and bocci. Autumn brings our Fall Fest in October. This year we are resurrecting the chili competition. On Dec. 31, we say hello to the new year with a Progressive Dinner. Neighbors open their beautiful homes to host appetizers, dinner and dessert. It is a special way for a community to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new together.

The Social Committee also sponsors year-round events. Mountain Women’s Lunch Bunch meets in local restaurants and also travels to surrounding mountain towns. This year, Gibbs Gardens, Toccoa River Restaurant and a tea room in Woodstock are anticipated, among others.

Independent of the Social Committee, special interest groups have formed, including a book club, a ladies’ night out and a men’s night out.

Social extras in 2019 include a tour bus adventure to a Braves game and a DJ-hosted ’50s sock hop.

In The Preserve at Sharp Mountain, no excuse is needed to get together.

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