Enhancing the quality of life for the residents of Stephens County, Georgia
Fostering and providing learning opportunities about our heritage and natural surroundings.
Preservation of community history, historical sites and natural resources.
Expansion of recreational opportunities in nature in an environmentally responsible way.
TUGALOO BEND HERITAGE PARK
An 87-acre property owned by the Foundation was once the site of a Native-American town then later a working farm.
Here school age students learn about our local history and natural surroundings beyond the pages of a text book.
This historical site is open to the public free of charge for recreational use and may be reserved for group functions and events for a nominal fee. Amenities include:
This river corridor is rich with history and historical significance.
For years, the Foundation has painstakingly researched, documented and archived information while fostering recreational and educational opportunities to be shared with the public.
The work in this area is on-going.
Key offerings to date:
Historical site information & driving guide
Historical site information & paddle guide
Oral history of the area
Archives to date
UNICOI TURNPIKE IN STEPHENS COUNTY RESEARCH
Stephens County was the beginning point of the Unicoi Turnpike, the gateway, to new territories in the west.
The upper section of the Unicoi Turnpike through Stephens County is well documented. However research and further exploration by the Foundation continues on the lower section through the county.
Join us at our events!
The Stephens County Foundation holds various special events throughout the year at Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park or within the area of the Tugaloo River Corridor that highlight the historical significance and/or the recreational opportunities in the area.
Visit our calendar for specific dates and times for these and other events.
Tugaloo River WATER TRAIL PaddleS
Come paddle with us!
June 12, 2021 - Historic River Paddle
Sept. 4, 2021 - Sunset Paddle
tour de tugaloo Benefit bicycle ride
22-42-62-100 scenic miles
ride the river
Jammin' at the Bend
Nature Walks with a Botanist