Asheville’s baseball roots can be traced back to the 1860’s just after the conclusion of the Civil War. Several teams from Waynesville, Canton, Hendersonville, and Asheville gathered at Barn Field, now known as Aston Park. Another early baseball connection can be traced to Craggy Gardens northeast of Asheville. In the 1880’s, teams from the east Asheville communities of Black Mountain and Reems Creek would hike up opposite sides of the Craggy Range and meet at the relatively flat, mile high Craggy Gardens meadows where they would create a baseball diamond and play several games in what became known as the “Craggy Series”.
Helen Georgia and the Nora Mill Granary should be one of the first places on your list of day trip destinations. The town itself is small, yet that’s part of its appeal, with an assortment of restaurants and shops all built in close quarters to one another. Everything is within walking distance, as the town is narrow and spans only a few miles.
The perfect place to get outstanding southern cooking in north Georgia is the Dillard House, which has been the recipient of many awards from Southern Living Magazine. Located in Rabun County, Georgia, just two miles south of the border with North Carolina, you will find excellent home cooked meals at this restaurant while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Massanutten water park isn’t something you would expect to find nestled in Rockingham county, an area that is more typically geared towards the outdoors in term of recreational opportunity. Though it also shouldn’t be surprising considering the popularity and size of the Massanutten resort.