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Head for the hills this summer for some crisp mountain air, and check out these fun family activities that make for a great getaway.

North Georgia Trout Online recommends visiting Smithgall Wood#s Dukes Creek Conservation Area for catch-and-release trout fishing. Fishing is available year-round by reservation. Call 706-878-3087.

Don#t miss Hiawassee#s Georgia Mountain Fair August 6 # 17. Held every year since 1950, this is a North Georgia mountain tradition and features crafts, food items, heritage exhibits and music. Don#t expect traditional commercial exhibits, just products and talents of the local mountain folks.

Are you ready to pound the waves? White water rafting with the Rolling Thunder River Company awaits. Coast down the gentle Toccoa River or go for adventure with the Nantahala.

The mountains aren#t just for the outdoorsy types. Head to Cherokee, North Carolina for some casino action. Video poker, Wild Cherry and Triple Diamonds are calling your name.

And if you don#t strike it rich at the casino, try Consolidated Gold Mines in Dahlonega. Tour an authentic underground gold mine, pan for your own gold and go gem grubbing for precious and semi-precious stones.

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