Resident Score
4.7 / 5

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Bigger is better in the Blue Ridge Mountains at this Big Canoe real estate development sprawling across 7 mountains near Dahlonega, one of the best small towns in Georgia. Established in the late 1970's, Big Canoe built comprehensive lifestyle amenities and superb outdoor hiking in Georgia that will brush a smile upon your face. At an elevation of 3,200 feet, four distinct seasons and long range mountain views will compete for your attention while playing the links overlooking one of Big Canoe's private fresh water lakes or the three mountain golf courses. 


  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
  • 27 Hole Championship Mountain Golf Courses designed by Joe Lee
    • 9 Hole Creek Course overlooking Lake Sconti
    • 9 Hole Cherokee Course with dramatic elevations
    • 9 Hole Choctaw Course accented by waterfalls and rushing creeks
  • Lodge-style Golf Clubhouse overlooking Lake Sconti
  • 16,000 Square Foot Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Saline Swimming Pool
  • Resort-style Outdoor Swimming Pool bordering the Beach
  • Wildcat Recreation Center with Outdoor Swimming Pool and Kids Pool
  • Ballfields - Soccer, Baseball, Basketball and Bocce Ball
  • Ten Lighted Tennis Courts
  • 22 Miles of Paved and Gravel Trails for fantastic hiking in Georgia
  • Three Private Lakes stocked with Trout, Bass, Bream and Crappie
  • Community Boat Docks and Marina Store
  • The Villages Market
  • Three Dog Parks

Big Canoe real estate encompasses over 8,000 acres from gate to gate, with 30% of its acreage protected as green space. 22 miles of hiking trails meander through the lush forest providing outdoor adventures for active adults and families of all ages. In 2015, the trails won our Bliss Award for Best Hiking Community of the Year. Even Fido has Dog Parks at Big Canoe. Tall hardwoods canopy over 100 miles of the community's streets, gently winding through a seven neighborhoods. This Georgia gated community is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Adjacent to Big Canoe is 28,000 acre Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. Less than 10 miles from Big Canoe's entrance gate is Amicalola Falls State Park, a fantastic place for hiking in Georgia and home to Southeast's tallest waterfall. Gibbs Gardens is even closer and is an impressive world class garden reminding us of The Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina.

Baby Boomers searching for rustic mountain homes would be smart to consider Big Canoe. It's apparent careful thought was given when designing this best master planned community set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, knowing property owners wouldn't want to leave this mountain paradise for daily necessities. Built inside the gates, residents of Big Canoe have the convenience of restaurants, a post office, and chapel for worship, in addition to sports amenities. Just outside Big Canoe's gates is a strip shopping center with a IGA grocery store, shops and a private school. 

Sports amenities include a 27 hole championship golf course designed by Joe Lee, a new lodge-style clubhouse, 2 indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, 3 swimming pool recreation areas, a state of the art high tech fitness center and spa, beachfront lake and much more. The golf course elevation fluctuations will challenge the most seasoned golfers while distracting their attention with the scenic Blue Ridge Mountain views, rushing streams and cascading waterfalls. It is no surprise to us that Big Canoe's mountain golf courses have been rated as one of the Top Golf Courses in Georgia. Residents at this Big Canoe real estate development have the unique opportunity to pay for amenities 'a la carte' verses expensive annual memberships.

If fishing is more of your sport, cast a line in Lake Petit to catch Rainbow Trout in the stocked lake. Pick up a fishing rod, bait or rent a pontoon boat at The Shack, the community's marina. There are three private fresh lakes at Big Canoe to enjoy a day on the water or bring your camera over to the Swim Complex to capture the smiles from your grandchildren as they slide down the exciting natural Rock Slide built just for them. The Swim Complex is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When the outdoor swimming pools are closed, the 16,000 square foot Fitness Center & Spa is home to an indoor saline 5 lane lap pool. The Big Canoe Tennis Club has over 300 active members providing plenty of opportunities year round to compete in tennis tournaments at the Tennis Complex. More than 50 friendly social clubs exist at Big Canoe to insure you will have plenty of fun things to do after you settle in your new home. Ridgerunners is the largest social club at Big Canoe with more than 400 female members.

Approximately 2,600 homes have been built to date of the 4,750 planned. Rustic mountain homes and architecture is the common thread throughout Big Canoe. From mountain top estates to cozy mountain cottages, new homes for sale at Big Canoe start in the $300k's. Re-sales can be found under $200k. If you prefer to build a home, lots for sale at Big Canoe are available from the 50k's. Model homes can be explored in the community's newest neighborhoods. There is no time requirement to begin construction in most neighborhoods. This gated community has 24 hour security providing the ultimate sense of privacy, an attribute retiring Baby Boomers appreciate.

Originally a second home and vacation community, more and more retirees are drawn to Big Canoe to enjoy its preserved natural beauty, hiking in Georgia, fresh water private lakes, and low cost of living. Equally as important as nature is with the peace of mind in knowing that quality medical care is only about 16 miles away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. This hospital was named 2011 Small Hospital of the Year in one of the best small towns in Georgia.

When you travel to see rustic mountain homes for sale at Big Canoe, let us know if you would like to receive complimentary Dahlonega Georgia relocation information to help you learn more about the area. We're happy to share our secrets with you, to make your search more enjoyable.


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Big Canoe Reviews

4.7 / 5 (51 reviews)
-- Anonymous, Resident
Resident Score
4.7 / 5
"People People People! Regardless of your interests, Big Canoe has everything you need to enjoy a diverse and rich lifestyle. "
-- Anonymous, Resident
Resident Score
5 / 5
"The sense of true community here is amazing."
-- Carolyn, Resident
Resident Score
5 / 5
"The people here are truly genuine, loving and very caring. Big Canoe is safe and secure, and more than simply a community, but rather a family. The people here who reside here, full or part time, truly care about each other. There is a commitment to excellence from in every facet, with a total dedication to balance and preservation of nature. Big Canoe is a very special place to live and in my mind, speaks for itself. One only needs to be introduced to the Big Canoe life and from there, the people will take over and love on you wherever you go. If you're one of the lucky ones who actually gets to live in Big Canoe, I truly believe you'll be well rewarded for your decision to call our award winning private mountain community home. "
-- Sandy, Resident
Resident Score
5 / 5
"Pristine environment, great amenities, good four seasons, proximity to cultural art/music etc, great people"
-- Anonymous, Resident
Resident Score
5 / 5