Introduction

Founded shortly after the Civil War, tiny Toccoa – believed to mean 'beautiful' in a Native American dialect – is a small-time North Georgia town with big-time history and hospitality. It's perhaps most famous as the site of WWII's Camp Toccoa at Currahee, the inaugural US Army paratrooper training camp and the inspiration for Tom Hanks' and Steven Spielberg's Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning war-drama miniseries, Band of Brothers. The paratroopers' intense training regime involved a daily '3 miles up, 3 miles down' to the top of Currahee Mountain just outside town, which affords a panoramic North Georgia view for those who climb it. Toccoa's historic downtown boasts an epic restored art-deco theater and emblematic low-rise late 19th-century architecture along its main drag, Doyle St. Toccoa Falls, one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, wows travelers on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Toccoa is a pleasant surprise.