Gainesville-Hall County Lifestyle
Living in Gainesville is a wonderful experience. There are so many activities and community ...

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Did you know?
  • Gainesville is rated as one of the 50 Best Places to Live in America . . . Adventure Men's Journal.
  • Smithgall Woodland Garden is poised to become one of the largest woodland gardens in the country.
  • Vision 2030 provides an ambitious long-term plan for the community's future.
  • Gainesville-Hall County has its own symphony, two nationally recognized theater companies and a ballet company.
  • Gainesville-Hall County's Chicopee Woods is one of the largest nature preserves of any American city.
  • Gainesville-Hall County is home to one of the country's oldest women's colleges - Brenau University.
  • Lake Lanier is one of the most visited U.S. Corps of Engineers-operated lakes in the country.
  • Gainesville is one of "America's Best Low-Tax Retirement Towns," according to Where to Retire (Jan/Feb 2008).
  • Gainesville-Hall County hosted rowing, canoeing and kayaking for the 1996 Centennial Atlanta Olympics.
  • Gainesville-Hall County was named "Hospitality Capital of the World" during the 1996 Olympic Games.

Life on the Lake and Around the Track

Life in Gainesville-Hall County is far removed from the hustle and bustle of a major city, but don’t think for a minute that its culture is small town, too. Few exurban communities feature the vast range of high quality cultural and lifestyle opportunities found here.

The quality-of-life stories are numerous, and the biggest of all is Lake Lanier. In fact, two of the largest marinas in the world find plenty of elbow room among its 38,000 acres of water. But the lake made its biggest splash back in 1996 as the U.S. Olympic site for the rowing, canoeing and kayaking competition – and the legacy continues today with numerous international events and a training facility for potential young Olympians.
For public parks, few communities can boast of as many recreational sites alongside water as can Gainesville-Hall County. It’s also home to Georgia’s most visited lakeside resort, Lake Lanier Islands.

If sports is your passion, you might be surprised to learn that Flowery Branch in South Hall County is a major league town as corporate headquarters for the NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons. Just around the bend, you’ll also find an international road race track that hosts the largest American Grand Prix event in the country.

It's no wonder that magazine after magazine across the nation has touted the story of Gainesville-Hall County as among the "Best Places to Retire," "50 Best Places to Live," and "America's Best Low-Tax Retirement Towns."