Petit Crest Villas
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About Big Canoe:

The Big Canoe Property Owners Association operates and regulates all indoor and outdoor amenities in Big Canoe. Petit Crest has no control of these facilities.

Lake Petit (just around the corner from our villas) is stocked with rainbow trout every month from October to April. Lake Sconti (near the golf course) is stocked with bass and brim. Most fishing is done from the lake bank. Please take special care not to fish from the golf course on Lake Sconti or private property on Lake Petit. Our offices have information about fishing permits.

Lake Disharoon is open for swimming from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is located adjacent to the Fitness Center and features an in-ground outdoor pool, beach area with volleyball, canoes, paddleboats, waterslide, locker rooms, snack bar, deck loungers, chairs and umbrellas. You need to bring your own beach towels. There is a daily use fee for this outdoor area however. This pass is good for the outdoor area only and is not honored at the Fitness Center. Please note that due to the fact that the lifeguards, while certified, are high school students, some of the water activities may be closed during the Memorial Day through Labor Day period.

The Big Canoe Fitness Center is located adjacent to the outdoor swim area.  It has a 5 lane, 25-meter indoor pool. There are times scheduled for water aerobics, lap swim and open swim. There is a hot tub, treadmills, recumbent bikes, elliptical training machines, aerobic and exercise classes, juice bar, racquetball/squash court, and massage therapy. Also, there are indoor tennis courts. You may purchase a daily or one-week pass if you are interested in using these facilities. The phone number for the Center is: (706) 268-3441.

The Club House at Lake Sconti, offers the Mountains Grille’ and Black Bear Pub which varies their hours during the season; your channel 12, the Big Canoe information channel, will provide you with the current hours of operation. During the summer, the Swim Club Snack Bar is open from 11 am through 6 pm daily.

The 27 hole Big Canoe Golf Course is rated at 70.2. The slope is 132 and the par is 72. The fees range from $50 to $74, depending on the seasonal demand. To schedule tee off times, please call (706) 268-3323. Note: no denim is allowed on the course or in the club house.

Big Canoe has eight outdoor tennis courts, four clay and four lit for night play, and a complete pro shop. Two indoor courts are located in the Fitness Center. To schedule the outdoor courts or lessons and obtain fee information, call the Tennis Pro Shop at (706) 268-3367.

There are approximately 10 miles of hiking trails in Big Canoe. Trails are well marked and vary from very easy to strenuous. Please note than none of the hiking trails include the golf course.

The Fitness Center is responsible for the Pontoon Boat, Jon Boat and Canoe rentals, along with Fishing Licenses for the Marina. The Paddle Boats and Canoes located at the Swim Club on Lake Disharoon are administered by the lifeguards on duty at the Swim Club.

Botanical Garden Walk– As you exit Big Canoe at the Front Gate, turn left onto Steve Tate Highway. Turn left into the driveway just inside the stacked stone gate posts. The parking area is on the left. There is an old settler’s cabin on this hike.

Disharoon Valley and Lake – Park in the outdoor swimming area and walk past the pool and lake area to the end of the boardwalk. Continue on the natural path to the posted directions for the 2/3 mile hike around the lake and the three mile hike into Disharoon Valley. On the valley hike there are two waterfalls and an old settler’s cabin.

Indian Rocks Park – Cross over the dam and bare right at the first fork in the road. Follow the signs to Indian Rocks Park. There is a small two car parking area on the right. The walking area consists of a 30 minute valley hike and a one-mile hike down to Lake Petit.

McDaniel Meadows – At the stop sign facing Lake Petit, turn right in the direction of the marina. Travel on Wilderness Parkway until you see a large meadow area and parking area on your left. (If you pass this, you will come to the North Gate and exit Big Canoe.) At the meadows there are three miles of paved or graveled hiking trails, some are flat while others are hilly.

The Big Canoe Nature Museum is located on the second floor of the Canoe Lodge and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

An ATM is located at the Big Canoe Post Office.

The Big Canoe Chapel is an interdenominational church with services on Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am. Sunday School is at 10:30 am. A nursery is provided at both services. Communion is observed the last Sunday of each month. The Chapel may be contacted at (706) 268-3203.

Other Churches in the Area :

    Jasper First Baptist – (706) 692-5015
    Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church – (706) 692-3078
    Jasper United Methodist Church – (706) 692-5022
    New Lebanon Presbyterian Church – (770) 893-2555
    Jehovah’s Witnesses – (706) 692-9422
    Episcopal Church of the Holy Family (770) 893-4525
    Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill (770) 893-2501

Points Of Interest Outside Big Canoe:

The following points of interest are by no means all inclusive, but represent a sampling of all that this area offers to its visitors.

Amicalola Falls State Park – The name means "tumbling waters," from two Indian words "ami", water and "calalah", tumbling. This area features beautiful falls, picnic areas, hiking, and playgrounds. The falls have a fall of 729 feet, and is said to be the highest falls east of the Mississippi. The Southern end of the Appalachian Trail, is located near the foot of the falls. (The Appalachian Trail covers 2,065 miles across the mountains from Georgia to Maine, and is the longest continuous hiking trail in the world. About 76 miles of the trail are in Georgia and it crosses 13 states.)

Directions – As you leave Big Canoe from the either gate, turn left on Steve Tate Highway. Approximately six miles down this road is a "dead end". Turn right on Burnt Mountain Highway and continue on to Route 183 and turn left. Bear right on Highway 52 at the fork. Continue three miles to Amicalola Falls State Park on the left.

Dahlonega – This historic town features the Gold Museum, antique and craft shops plus an opportunity to actually pan for gold and to enjoy the famous Smith House Family-Style Restaurant.

Directions – Follow the directions above to Amicalola Falls State Park and continue on Highway 52 past the state park to Dahlonega.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & WineryWolf Mountain Vineyards And Winery offers a unique setting for special events in Dahlonega.  Located just 5 miles north of the historic town square of Dahlonega, Georgia, Wolf Mountain Vineyards represents a 25 acre family-owned and operated wine growing estate.

Cleveland – This is the home of the Cabbage Patch Dolls who are born at Babyland General Hospital. Follow the directions to Dahlonega and take the town by-pass around the town and follow the signs to Cleveland.

Helen – This is a lovely "Alpine Village" near Anna Ruby Falls and Unicoi State Park. There are loads of shops, restaurants, and entertainment in this village. Go through Cleveland and around the town square out the North end of town. Turn right as you are leaving the town, and follow the signs into Helen.

Six Flags Over Georgia – Closed during the winter. This is a large amusement park with rides and entertainment for all ages. It features roller coasters (seven of them), a parachute ride, and several water rides. Go South on I-575 to I-75 and Exit at I 285 West to I 20 (Birmingham Exit) and follow signs to Six Flags.

White Water Park – Also closed during the winter, White Water Park is described as a "water wonderland for the entire family". It features the "Atlantic Ocean" complete with surf and many other amusements. This park is located just off I-75 in Cobb County (Marietta). Take I-575 to I-75 and Exit at North Marietta Parkway. Turn left (South) on Cobb Parkway and look for White Water Park signs.

Old Covered Bridge on Settingdown Creek – This covered bridge crosses Settingdown Creek and is referred to locally as Poole’s Mill Bridge. It is a place fully of history and beauty and has long been a favorite spot for picnicking and fishing. In 1820, long before Dr. Poole bought the property, a grist mill and sawmill were built on this site by George Welch, a wealthy Cherokee Indian chief and leader of one of the Hightower Tribes. After Dr. Poole bought the property in 1880, the covered bridge was build in 1906. The bridge is still in use today, but the old mill was abandoned in 1947 and burned in 1959.

Directions – Turn right at the Front Gate and then right again on Highway 53. Turn left on Yellow Creek Road at Kent’s Convenience Store. At the end of Yellow Creek Road, turn left on Highway 369. Turn at the second road on the right (Poole’s Mill Road) and continue to the covered bridge.


Foothills Shopping Center – This shopping area features an IGA Supermarket, Trevi, an Italian restaurant, Fireside Coffeehouse and Café, a dry cleaners, and beauty salon.

Town Center – This attractive mall was opened in 1986 and is just off I-575 in Cobb County, at the Barrett Parkway Exit. The mall has plenty of parking and wide selection of stores, restaurants and merchandise.

Lakeshore Mall – This mall is located in Gainesville just off Highway 53. Take Highway 53 to Dawsonville and continue on to Gainesville.

Perimeter Mall – This popular mall is located in an affluent area of North DeKalb County. Go South to the end of Yellow Creek Road. Turn left on 369. Continue on 369 until you reach GA. 400 (South). Exit at Abernathy Road and turn left. Continue about one mile.

Roswell Mall – This mall has three large discount department stores as anchor tenants. It is not a large regional mall, but it is convenient to Big Canoe and to other major shopping in fast-growing Roswell. To get to Roswell, there are various routes, but a scenic route that will take you past Free Home and the antique district in Crabapple is as follows: go South on Yellow Creek Road to 369. Turn right and stay on 369 until you reach Highway 372, turn left onto 372. Follow the signs to Crabapple and Roswell. Roswell Mall is at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Highway 9.

Northpoint Mall – This mall opened in 1993 and has a wide variety of stores and restaurants. It is just off GA 400 at the Haynes Bridge exit. (1/4 mile off GA 400). It features, Macy’s and other large department stores. There is also an AMC movie theater complex with 14 theaters.

North Georgia Premium Outlet Center – This discount mall opened in 1996 and features a wide variety of outlet stores such as Levi’s, Saks, Timberland, Corningware, Bass, and Bugle Boy. Currently, there are more than 150 stores. This is located just South of Highway 53 on GA 400.

Riverstone Mall – This shopping center is just 30 minutes South on I-575, at the Riverstone Exit, #20. There is a large Publix Supermarket, Goody’s, Belk’s, several shoe stores, Michaels’ Craft Store, Home Depot, and several restaurants, including Red Lobster, Zaxby’s, Appleby’s, Long Horn Steak House, Outback Steak House, Honey Baked Ham,and O’Charley’s.

Other Restaurants in the Area:

Appalachian Grill– This wonderful little restaurant is located between the North and South Gates of Big Canoe. It offers a wide variety of items on its menu. Reservations are suggested. (770) 893-3389

The Woodbridge Inn Restaurant – This is a historic bed and breakfast located in Jasper on Chambers Street. The dining room is open to the public and serves high quality meals. (706) 253-6292

The Carriage House – A very popular restaurant located right in the downtown shopping district of Jasper on North Main Street. If you are planning on lunching there, you would be well advised to call ahead. (706) 253-7383

Two Brothers’ Bar-B-Que – If you are looking for authentic Southern barbecue, this is the place. Located on Old Canton Road in Ball Ground, you will not have any problem finding the spot. Just look for the cars. The atmosphere is casual and the food reasonable priced. (770) 735-2900

Amicalola Falls Lodge – Even if the food weren’t good, the view from this restaurant would make the trip worthwhile. Sunday brunches are generous, offering both breakfast and luncheon items and an extensive dessert table. (706) 265-8888 (There is a $3 fee to enter the park)