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County Formed August 18, 1905
County Seat Toccoa
Incorporated Cities Avalon, Martin and Toccoa
Total Area 184.190353 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 25491 to its current population estimate of 25480, the county has experienced a growth change of -11.

Stephens County was established August 18, 1905 from parts of Franklin and Habersham counties. It is named for the statesman Alexander Stephens, who served in the state legislature and the U.S. Congress, as vice president of the Confederacy, and as the state's governor in the two years preceding his death.

Only three communities in the county are incorporated: Avalon, Martin, and Toccoa, the county seat. Toccoa's position on the railroad between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, and later to points further east, as well as its proximity to waterpower, were key factors in its rapid growth.

Points of Interest

Traveler's Rest, a two-story building constructed before 1825 near Lake Hartwell, was used as a tavern, trading post, post office, and inn in the mid-1800s. Today the Georgia Historical Commission owns Traveler's Rest and operates it as a historic site.

Lake Hartwell is surrounded by eighty public park sites, including Tugaloo State Park, that offer fishing, boating, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits.

Toccoa Falls is a spectacular waterfall, higher than Niagara Falls, and is a popular tourist attraction.

Notable Citizens

Toccoa was home to Paul Anderson, the Guinness Book of World Recods' "Strongest Man ". Anderson was the 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist in super heavy weight and weightlifting.

Higher Education

Toccoa Falls College and North Georgia Technical College

Annual Events

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is held in March

Rose Lane Annual Fireworks Display July

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Travelers Rest

Toccoa Falls

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