The Stephens County Foundation holds various special events throughout the year at Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park or along the Tugaloo River Corridor that highlight the historical significance and/or the recreational opportunities in the area.
Join us at our events! Visit our calendar for specific dates and times for these and other events.
Jammin' at the Bend
When: Once per month.
Grab your guitar, banjo or harmonica and head to the Bend for a good ole down home jam session with other musicians from the area.
The first Saturday of each month
Started in 2012 by James Sullivan a local resident and skilled botanist, Jim leads a nature walk through Tugaloo Bend pointing out flora and fauna of interest.
The walks typically begin at the parking lot and continue along the walking trails- traversing the nature woodland areas of great beauty.
Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing suitable for “a walk in the woods”. It is also suggested to bring plenty of water and snacks.
The walks take approximately 3 hours to complete.
The walks provide participants with a rare opportunity to learn from an expert in the botany field on protected forest and wetland areas at different times of the year.
River History Tours
When: twice yearly
Saturday of Memorial Weekend
Saturday of Labor Day Weekend
Started in 2008 by historian Kelly Vickers, the Tugaloo River Tours have become extremely popular trips for those who love to explore by canoe or kayak.
The River Tour on Memorial Weekend begins at the Walker Creek River access point and continues approximately 6 miles down to the Tugaloo Mound.
The River Tour on Labor Day Weekend takes place at sunset and begins at the Stephens County Boat Ramp off of Highway 123.
Typically, over 100 or more participants use their own canoes or kayaks to tour the river for an up-close look at the many wondrous and historical sites, including many Native American Indian places of interest.
Canoe and Kayak rentals available at Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park.
Lainie Weade Memorial
Tour de Tugaloo Benefit Bicycle Ride
When: yearly in October
Started in 2002 by volunteer Lainie Weade, the Tour de Tugaloo Bicycle ride continues as a memorial ride in her name each year.
The ride of varying distances, follows along the historic Tugaloo River Corridor and on up in to the foothills of South Carolina.
Many find this event to be a cyclist's dream ride since the area is very scenic on less traveled roads.
The event has grown to become known as a premier sporting event in Stephens County and northeast Georgia attracting over 500 riders. Proceeds from the event benefit the Stephens County Foundation.
Historical Presentations and Explorations
When: various times of the year
Trustee and historical author, Kelly Vickers, along with other colleagues, conduct historical presentations from time to time highlighting their extensive knowledge of the area.
Kelly also leads hikes around the county exploring the Unicoi Turnpike. Kelly spends his "free time" continually researching and seeking all forms of information to document the history of Stephens County.
Kelly has co-authored a book, Toccoa: Images of America by Angela Ramage and Kelly Vickers, and is available on Amazon.com. Kelly and Angie keep a Facebook page alive with post-published information.