The Tugaloo River/ Tugaloo Corridor
The Tugaloo Corridor is the only remaining untamed portion of the Tugaloo River extending from the Panther Creek/Yonah Dam area south to Lake Hartwell, bordering both Georgia and South Carolina.
This area is rich with History and some of the most breathtaking scenery. The roads along the corridor offer gentle to challenging terrain but best of all, there is very little car traffic making this a wonderful area for casual or serious cycling.
Sites within the Corridor include the pre-historic Indian villages of Tugaloo, Noyowee along with Estatoe, the historic Providence United Methodist Church, the old Prather’s Covered Bridge, the Eastern end of the Unicoi Turnpike, Travel’rs Rest Stagecoach Inn and the Prather Mansion “Riverside”.
About the The Tugaloo River & Historic Tugaloo River Corridor
There is a wealth of history and environmental purpose right at our back door!
The Story of Lainie Weade
We ride for Lainie! Compassionate, active, family-oriented and engaging are just a few of the words used to describe Lainie Weade.
Lainie was a visionary and saw the need for bicycle awareness in this area, and so, the Tour de Tugaloo was born in 2003 to raise money for “Share the Road” signs, to promote cycling in the area, to advocate for routes connecting Georgia and South Carolina and to advance the mission of the Stephens County Foundation.
Lainie fought and lost a hard battle with cancer at the early age of 57. But her work will continue…her legacy will live on…and in her memory…WE RIDE!
In 1998, The Stephens County Foundation was organized as a (501c-3 non-profit) with the mission of preserving and protecting the historic and natural resources of the Tugaloo River Corridor and other community projects.
In 1999, the Stephens County Foundation purchased an 87 acre parcel of land within the Tugaloo Corridor. This parcel contained the Cherokee Indian town of "Estatoe." Later the land was used as a working farm. Today the Foundation has built on this land an outdoor classroom, nature trails and a caretaker's cottage for educational and recreational use. The Tour de Tugaloo benefits the ongoing operations and future development of this land now called "Tugaloo Bend Heritage Site", the Tugaloo Corridor and other community projects . Visit: stephenscountyfoundation.org