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Living in Big Canoe®

View of The Village and Lake Petit from Cox Mountain


Welcome to the community of Big Canoe®, a gated and planned residential community, located in the North Georgia Mountains, where deer frolic, wild turkey scramble through lush forests, birds sing in this Audubon sanctuary and residents think they live in heaven. With accessibility to Atlanta an hour to the South, coupled with all the services and conveniences necessary for daily living, Big Canoe® offers an environment of natural beauty and a strong, friendly community to those fortunate enough to call this beautiful setting home.

From its beginning in the early 1970’s, the Community of Big Canoe® has emerged as the premiere community in the North Georgia Mountains.  Conceived by visionary developer Tom Cousins. And begun as a weekend retreat for Atlanta families, Big Canoe today has nearly 5100 Property Owners and is home to over 2900 full time residents, including retirees, empty nesters, working professionals, and young families - all seeking the peace and serenity that the mountains provide. In addition, the Community of Big Canoe® is an escape to over a thousand second home and property owners from all parts of the United States and beyond.  

Encompassing over 7,500 acres, Big Canoe® is a North Georgia community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Among its many beautiful features are seven soaring mountains, three sparkling lakes, numerous waterfalls, miles of hiking and biking trails, and abundant wildlife. This extraordinary lifestyle is located in Pickens and Dawson counties near the Appalachian Trail and Amicalola Falls. Big Canoe® is also near the Dawson National Forest, ensuring its pristine and natural surroundings.  In addition, with elevations up to 3200 ft., Big Canoe® is a respite from the heat of the city.
With 30% of the land set aside as natural habitat and recreational areas, Big Canoe® is a paradise for hikers, fisherman, boaters, birdwatchers and folk who just know how to relax (or want to know).  For more information on Big Canoe Real Estate or North Georgia Mountain Homes, call the Camprini Team!

Big Canoe’s Main Entrance

As you drive in the Main Gate of Big Canoe®, through a forest of hemlocks, mountain laurel, rhododendron and wild azalea, then through the covered bridge, you instantly are taken with the tranquility and beauty of this special place. 

The Covered Bridge – just past the Main Gate entrance

Big Canoe’s homes range from small rustic cabins, Condos and Villas, and charming cottages to multi-million dollar homes. 

Big Canoe is owned by its property owners, and is a fully staffed, gated community, run by the Big Canoe POA (Property Owners Association), governed by an elected Board of Directors, and run by the General Manger, and experienced staff.


The Big Canoe® Club House

Big Canoe® residents and their guests enjoy panoramic views while dining on delicious food either in the new Clubhouse dining rooms or al fresco on the Sunset Veranda. The Club is also available for private parties and is the site of many memorable wedding receptions each year.                      

The Club at Lake Sconti

The Big Canoe Chapel

Considered the heart of the community by its residents, The Big Canoe Chapel is a 360-seat non-denominational chapel, providing worship services on Sundays. The adjoining Broyles Center offers meeting rooms, a library, pottery room, and a large dining room with full-service kitchen. An outdoor amphitheater provides a beautiful natural setting for special events. The Chapel also maintains a Meditation Garden and Cemetery, set within the woodlands of Big Canoe®. The Big Canoe® Chapel supports over 70 programs and organizations here and around the world to help improve the human condition.  The Chapel touches lives through 4 world wide organizations, missions and ministries in 8 countries, organizations in 5 U.S. States, and 14 Georgia cities.

Big Canoe Chapel and Broyles Center

Playfield and Playgrounds: Big Canoe® has a large playfield with cinder jogging track and irrigated field for fun games of softball, touch football, kite flying, jogging, Frisbee throwing, or just lounging in the sun. This area is used extensively for community wide events such as Oktoberfest, and Easter Egg Hunts.

One of 3 large play equipment pieces at Big Canoe.


Something for Everyone!!! Big Canoe Residents are a diverse group and there is a club or activity for everyone. Below is a list of some of the multitude of Clubs open to all residents.  It’s a way to meet new friends and enjoy the fellowship and beauty of this special community. 

Big Canoe® Services

Roads:  All 80+ miles of roads are paved and utilities are underground to maintain the natural beauty of the community.

Fire Dept: Big Canoe’s award winning  on site Fire Dept. is responsible for its enviable fire insurance rating.

Utilities:  Contact the following private companies for your utility setups.
    • Cable TV, Satellite TV & High Speed Internet Access –Windstream   800/251-6412 both counties.
    • Electrical - Amicalola EMC 706/253-5200 both counties.
    • Garbage - There is no charge to drop off your garbage at the Trash/Recycling Center at the    North
      Gate.  The Pickens County Recycle Center is located on Cove Road off of Steve Tate Hwy.
    • Telephone –Dawson County residents call Windstream at 800/251-6412; Pickens County
     residents call TDS 888/837-4002.
    • Water - Big Canoe Utilities 706/268-3400 both counties.

Big Canoe® Post Office US Mail and inter-community mail delivery is made to the Big Canoe Post Office.

24-hour ATM banking  is located there as well. 

Big Canoe’s Post Office

Chimneys Conference Center is available for meetings and private parties.



POA FEES – All property owners pay a monthly Property Owner’s fee to pay for community services such as maintenance of the common areas, 24 hour gated security, road maintenance, fire and rescue personnel and equipment and staff salaries.  Unimproved lots (without a home) fee is $132/month.  Improved lots (with home) fee is $202/month. They also pay a monthly fee of $25. exclusively dedicated to the Capital Reserve  and Debt Reduction  Funds.