Old Padena Settlement
Hundreds of years ago, the Cherokee Indians occupied what we now know to be Fannin County, including parts of the Toccoa River. It was in the waters of the Toccoa that the Cherokees strategically placed rocks in an effort to trap fresh trout and other fish to supplement their diet. A number of these “fish traps” can be seen in certain areas of the Toccoa River today. In 1925, the Toccoa Electric Power Company began construction of a dam on the Toccoa River. Many of the families in the smaller communities around the river began selling their farms and houses, receiving good payment for their land. Homes and barns were torn down and when the dam was completed in 1930, the land was flooded to become Lake Toccoa. Among these communities was a place known as Padena, where the Padena Post Office and Padena Baptist Church of Christ were once located, but eventually were covered by the waters of Lake Toccoa.
After completion of the dam, Lake Toccoa began producing hydroelectricity for the region. In 1934, the lake was renamed Lake Blue Ridge. At the time of its construction, Blue Ridge Dam was the largest earthen dam in the Southeast. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) purchased the dam in 1939 to produce hydroelectric power. Presently, TVA owns the dam, including approximately 18 miles of shoreline. Lake Blue Ridge encompasses 3,290 acres, which is 11 miles in length, and has 65 miles of shoreline, only 25 percent of which is developed. The towering Appalachian Mountains spill into the deep, emerald waters of Lake Blue Ridge, where small mouth bass, white bass, bream, catfish, perch, crappie, and walleye bring the avid fishermen on chilly mornings. One of the many attractive features of Lake Blue Ridge is that 80 percent of its shoreline resides inside the Chattahoochee National Forest, which is managed by the US Forest Service, and provides not only the magnificent beauty of virgin forest, but also numerous public campsites, boat ramps, swimming and picnic areas.
Ever dreamed of owning your own place on Lake Blue Ridge? Thought you could never afford it? Think again! Lake Blue Ridge Access never looked so good!
- 28 lots with equal lake access
- prices range from $69,900 to $89,900
- lots vary in size from 1.35 acres to 2.84 acres
- some lots have mountain and lake views
- ownership in covered slip in dock is available
- covered pavilion with fireplace and restrooms
- courtesy dock (for pick up and drop off
only ) for all landowners who don’t
purchase dock slips
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