Just 25 miles northwest of Downtown Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Cherokee County. Dubbed the place "where metro meets the mountains," Cherokee benefits from its status as a region that's both business savvy and environmentally alluring.
Mountain peaks and abundant wildlife contribute to a community full of options for picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating on Lake Allatoona, camping and hunting throughout the year. The lake has more than 270 miles of shoreline and it covers more than 12,000 acres of land. Millions of people visit this pristine lake and hundreds own weekend getaway homes there.
Picturesque golf courses, natural parks and the ever-popular Dixie Speedway are scattered throughout the area, along with dozens of restaurants, shops and businesses. Home to the Georgia Northeastern Railroad as well as the recently expanded Cherokee County Regional Airport, the county's largest industries are the Cherokee County Government, Cherokee County School District, Kroger Company, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Pilgrim's Pride and Publix Super Markets.
Deemed one of the best places to live based on job opportunity by CNN Money, the nearby interstate roadways, railroads and airports make it more than convenient to commute to work outside of the county by utilizing the multiple transport modes.
As the county seat of Cherokee County, Canton was once famous for its “Canton Denim,” which was produced at the nearby Canton Cotton Mills. Now, Canton has a revitalized downtown with a museum, arts center, heritage center and theater.
A growing community that is home to more than 1,500 residents, Ball Ground is a beautiful city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains that's home to quaint shops, eateries and a mix of residential options.
Located in the heart of Cherokee County, Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906 and quickly began building up around a busy train depot established by the L&N Railroad. The depot was restored in the late 1990s and now serves as the Holly Springs Community Center.
Incorporated in 1889 and home to Reinhardt University, which offers 43 different degree programs, Waleska is a small community of fewer than 1,000 residents and the area is still alive with industry, including the lumber business, as well as agriculture.