Since 1971, it is home to Sky Valley Resort, which features golfing, tennis and swimming. The resort used to have the only winter ski area in Georgia, but after changing ownership in 2004, the resort's ski slopes were permanently closed after 33 seasons. The only highway or other through-road is the Dillard/Highlands Road (Georgia 246 and N.C. 106) between Dillard, Georgia and Highlands, North Carolina. The northern city limit is the North Carolina state line, where the highway zigzags, crossing in five different places (two of which are into and out of the city).
GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land. The elevation of the valley floor is approximately 3100 feet above sea level, while areas within the city limits on the slopes of Rabun Bald exceed 4200 feet. Sky Valley is Georgia's highest incorporated city and one of the highest municipalities in the Eastern United States.