Sunburst Adventures and Family Fun in Clarkesville, GA

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For years we have been visiting and evacuating to Sunburst Adventures, Clarkesville, GA! Sunburst Adventures is located near some great areas in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, like Helen, Lakemont, Lakes Burton, and Rabun, Batesville, and Blairsville. It is an easy trip, about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, and centrally located to many popular vacation areas.

Sunburst Adventures is located in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. There are thousands of acres available for horseback riding and all kinds of outdoor activities such as ziplining, ATV trail rides, and much more. Sunburst is perfect for families, adults, singles, and groups that are looking for a getaway that is also close to shopping, dining, whitewater rafting, and just about any outdoor sport you could want.

We have watched Mark and Becky, the owners, grow this property from a few cabins with horseback trail rides to offering a multitude of fun, family-friendly things to do while staying here or in the area.

You do get a discount, when you stay here, on the various activities they offer. They also offer several packages for families and couples that are inclusive with their adventure tours.

How We Found Sunburst Adventures

It was 2004, and we needed to evacuate our kids and pets for the Cat 3 storm that was approaching our area. We were so grateful to find a spot that would accommodate all of our animals. After doing an internet search, I found Sunburst Stables and called to see if they had availability and accept our pets. After I told them our situation, 1 German Shepherd, 1 Rottweiler, two cats, 1 Blue and Gold Macaw, two kids, and two adults driving three cars, they allowed us to stay in one of their cabins. Whew! Again, we were just so grateful to find a place to evacuate for our kids and animals.

Horses Grazing
Horse View Sunburst GA Mountains

Our favorite cabin is the first one on the right as you come down the driveway. The reason we love it is we get to see the horses when they are put out to pasture every evening.

All the cabins are deeply embedded in the woods, which makes everything a lot cooler! It is a great place for people to escape the hot summer temps!

The Wildwood

The Wildwood This cabin has a loft and a fireplace. It has a back porch overlooking the pasture with a hot tub. This particular cabin is not super fancy, more like fancy camping, but they are clean and comfortable with a full kitchen, which we love since we cook so much.

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Sunburst Adventures Cabin

If you like rustic, then this is your spot. There is nothing better than getting in the hot tub after a long day of riding or sightseeing, having some wine from one of the local wineries, and having a wine and cheese party while dinner is cooking or you are interacting with the horses.

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Living Room Sunburst Adventures Cabin

Make sure you stop at the grocery store to bring apples for the horses. They will come up for a visit to get their treats! All of the cabins offer Satellite TV and the internet. Most offer a hot tub. You can view the various cabins here. They have something for everyone, from a full-sized home and a larger cabin if you like the rustic feel like us.

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Sunburst Living Room

In the smaller cabins, there is a loft. We always kept the kids downstairs, and the loft was the perfect escape.

Bedroom at Sunburst Adventures
Sunburst Bedroom Loft


Being horse people, we are always looking for new riding experiences. So getting on their horses to ride through the mountains is always where we end up. Since we first started coming to Sunburst, they have added so many activities there are plenty of things for everyone in your group to try.

Here is a list of family and couple packages that you can customize for your trip.

  • Couples Adventure Package
  • Family Fun Weekend Package
  • Extreme Adventure Package
  • Summer Fun Adventure Package

Horseback Riding

We ride on just about every vacation we take as a family. Horses are my passion, and we always seem to find a way to ride. I can say out of all the places (Jamaica, Mexico, and other US destinations), the horses are very well taken care of here at Sunburst.

Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Friends on their horses.

They will take you through the trails that Mark has made and maintained over the years with two guides. They will also take you to the petting zoo area, where they house exotic birds, goats, and piglets. Check out the different riding tours here.

Horseback riding is suitable for any experience level, and riders seven years and older ride on their own horse. Children under seven can ride with their parents.

Sunburst offers a mountain view trip, a lunch ride, and sunset rides. Trotting and cantering are allowed when appropriate and the group is able.

Below is a mix of pictures from different trips we have made.

The Petting Zoo

Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Spitting Alpaca at the petting zoo!
Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Turkeys Sunburst

If you notice in the picture below there is a wooden bridge above the mine shaft. There is a trail of bridges for the goats to use to get around the area. The goats love to run around on the roof.

Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Petting zoo mineshaft Sunburst Adventures
Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Photo Collage Petting Zoo Sunburst Adventures


Zip Lining

I have never chosen to do this, but last year, when we brought friends up here in our last evacuation, and not everybody is fond of horses, so they chose the Zip Line. They had a blast zooming through the trees. With over 7k feet of lines, you get a full experience. They also take you to the highest points in their vehicle, so there is no climbing which makes it fun for all walks of life. Anyone can enjoy this activity. Check out the Zip Lining here!

 ATV Activity

As we were cooking out this trip, we heard the motors headed up the hill. There were about 10 ATVs headed up the hill filled with happy participants. They looked pretty safe. After living in rural Florida, I have seen some accidents, and these vehicles were safe with roll bars and looked to be brand new. I would feel comfortable riding with my kids in these. You can check out the ATV offering here.


I did not know they added this to the menu of options, but I am going on this next time we are up in the summer. The boating excursion includes kayaking, swimming, and fishing too! It is a Florida girl’s dream come true! If you are into water sports, this is the package for you. I was excited to see they added it to their list.

Look at their boating package here.

They offer boating packages for those with children under 8 and can partner with an adult. Children over the age of 8 can have their own boat.

Photo Maggie Pearsaul
Friendly donkeys Sunburst Adventures

The bottom line, Sunburst has a ton of safe, family-friendly activities for all levels of play. This family is full of hospitality and is truly a family-run business now that their sons work with Becky and Mark. They treat us like family year after year with good old-fashioned southern hospitality. You will not regret making Sunburst a part of your North Georgia trip!

Farrier Fun @Sunburst Adventures
Farrier Fun @Sunburst Adventures

Mark, the owner, is also a Farrier and has a room at the petting zoo that shows the tools of the trade.

3 Happy Kids @ Sunburst Adventures
3 Happy Kids @ Sunburst Adventures
Chattahoochee River!
Chattahoochee River in Helen GA
Sunburst Adventures Clarksville Georgia article

Sunburst Adventures address:
251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Phone: 800-806-1953 or 706-947-7433

All in all, this area of Georgia has plenty to offer any family who comes to visit. The temps are always 10 degrees cooler, and there is plenty of hiking, waterfalls, petting zoos, boating, and festivals to keep everyone entertained.

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66 responses to “Sunburst Adventures and Family Fun in Clarkesville, GA”

  1. Shanna Avatar

    That looks lovely! A trip through the south is on my bucket list!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love the south. The people are lovely and mild temps!

  2. Kathy Phillips Avatar

    This place sounds amazing! I love horses! I grew up on a farm in Iowa where I rode horses every day. The farm was sold when I was13 as my parents divorced. I miss horses so much. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Get out there, girl! You should read my article about Zeppelin!

  3. Ruth Iaela-Pukahi Avatar

    Wow, it looks so beautiful and tons of fun! I know we’d have a blast…but just curious, is this area used to people that look different? lol We are from Hawaii and I’ve heard some Southern areas are not used to people who aren’t full white…we are all part white. 🙂 Just wondering. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes, diversity is widely accepted here. You would be totally safe. The people are very friendly!

  4. Dennis Avatar

    This is just a few miles from where we have our annual family reunion. Love it!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Maybe we should do a bloggers conference! Apparently, a lot of people are excited about this area!

  5. Dominique Avatar

    The whole area looks so beautiful! I would love to do the horseback riding.

  6. Monica Avatar

    This is a trip my kids and I would love love love to do. We love animals, the outdoors, horseback riding, etc. Looks like a lot of fun and like that I can bring our dogs too.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We took another family with us in one evacuation. They had a blast! None of us wanted to go home!

  7. Dana Avatar

    Thanks for sharing! What a great experience during a difficult time. The evacuation stuff always makes me nervous for people with pets. This place looked gorgeous! I loved the horses and the cabin was gorgeous. Being in the woods is sooo peaceful.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is definitely quiet and relaxing!

  8. Jordin Avatar

    Pet-friendly places are a huge plus. That cabin looks beautiful and peaceful.

  9. Laura Avatar

    Wow! What a story! Followed by a great find! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mary Avatar

    Wow, this looks so cool. I could totally see myself here. Great photos!

  11. Jelane Avatar

    Cozy cabin, beautiful mountains, cute animals, and lots of activities! Sounds like the perfect vacation!

  12. Tracy @ Cleland Clan Avatar

    When you have to evacuate, it’s wonderful to have a familiar place to go. And, if that place is filled with fun activities, all the better.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The people in that area are wonderful. We have had people stop in a parking lot when they see we are from FL and ask us if we need anything!

  13. Georgette Avatar

    I love it! Absolutely love it! I am sharing this with my husband. We need to do this. Thank you!!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how it goes!

  14. cara Avatar

    Wow! This place looks sooo cool!

  15. Rachel Newlon Avatar

    I am sold on the cozy cabin and activities!

  16. Narcissis Avatar

    Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for the share. I will be checking it out.

  17. Judean Avatar

    You had me with the pics of the cabin.

  18. Stacey Avatar

    This area looks like a beautiful place to explore! It’s great that they can accommodate your animals when you have to evacuate. I love to relax in the sunburst living room!

  19. Susan Franklin Avatar

    It looks like a beautiful place! The picture of the Alpaca made me chuckle – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of them before – but loved its face!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      He is a spitter too! We found out the hard way… lol

  20. Lauri Avatar

    Looks like a beautiful place! And that Alpaca!

  21. Victoria Avatar

    This looks like such an amazing place! So many fun things to do – especially the horses. The cabins are beautiful!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They are rustic. But very reasonable and it is fun to hang out there with all of the animals!

  22. alison Avatar

    What state is this in, I didn’t see it listed in the post. I love this place and it’s perfect for my kind of getaway with my kids. I love the goat bridges. Is there anything cuter???

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I can not believe I missed that! It is in the N. GA mountains. Thank you for letting me know I updated the post!

  23. Heather Avatar

    This place looks amazing! We love camping back in the woods. Is it in Georgia?

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes…. thank you for pointing that out. I updated the post!

  24. Ola Avatar

    That cabin looks really cozy and comfy!

  25. Katie Avatar

    What a beautiful place to go, especially during something scary like an evacuation!

  26. Junell DuBois Avatar
    Junell DuBois

    Looks beautiful! How great to have such a nice place you can evacuate you when needed. And so many fun adventures.

  27. Brandi Avatar

    They have so much to do!! Thank you, we are going to check this out!

  28. Amber Dunn Avatar

    Looks like this evacuation turned out to be an amazing vacation instead! What an amazing place to be able to take your animals also.

  29. Pauline Avatar

    How fun! This is definitely a place I would love!!

  30. Shirley Avatar

    This looks so fun and makes me wish I still lived in Georgia. And the Biltmore wine…..yum!! It looks like a grand time was had by all!

  31. Janine Avatar

    I’ve only gone horse back riding a few times in my life, but this makes me want to go again. So picturesque!

  32. Meagan Avatar

    Looks beautiful!!! I want to go!

  33. janice sisemore Avatar

    Quite the adventures. Love the pics

  34. Julie Avatar

    So much wildlife!! Not a bad place to end up when running from a storm!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We love it there and go back for every hurricane and whenever else we can.

  35. T.M. Brown Avatar

    What a great place to escape!!! So glad you were able to find a location where you, your family and all the animals can go when there is a storm coming or – heck, just to get away from everything. Thanks for sharing. Taking my family to a cabin is on my bucket list for the next year.

    1. Tricia Avatar

      There is so much to do in that area!

  36. Pam Avatar

    What fun – my kids would love staying there.

  37. Brittany Avatar

    I am so glad you found an away “family” through your hurricane evacuation!

    1. Tricia Avatar

      They are wonderful people and when a storm is coming our way they take care of us!

  38. Karie Avatar

    Looks like a great place. That’s my dream is to buy a place and grow it like they did.

    1. Tricia Avatar

      The second generation is taking over now. It is pretty cool to see how it has evolved!

  39. jen Avatar

    It really looks like a great place! I’ve been following the social media posts on it so I’m glad to be able to read the article. So pretty!

  40. Missy Avatar

    That looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love all the activities.

    1. Tricia Avatar

      It is great for the kids …. last year was the first time we went alone. It was a great romantic get away too!

  41. Nicki Avatar

    This place looks amazing! So awesome that they let you bring your animals too!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They were a blessing to us in a stressful time. Otherwise, we would have had to sneak the animals in somewhere! Gov. Scott finally made a law this year that evacuees are permitted to bring their pets to hotels. After Maria, tons of pets were abandoned because people could not find housing with them. It was sad.

  42. Clarissa Avatar

    This looks so nice and the cabin looks cozy. My daughter would love all the animals. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the videos as well.

  43. Gennel zimmerman Avatar
    Gennel zimmerman

    looks like a great place. I love burros, seems like they have more than a few burros.
    I love to see entrepreneurs make wonderful things for visitors and live the American dream.

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