Take a Deep Breath and Relax ……..
Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains,
only 90 miles north of Atlanta via I-575 and Hwy 515, but a million
miles away from the traffic, stress and anxiety of the city. With
106,000 acres located in the Chattahoochee National Forest,
Blue Ridge is definitely the cure for whatever ails you. Rent a cozy
cabin or a luxury mountain home, or stay in a bed & breakfast inn or
hotel -- and simply relax.
Enjoy Mother Nature at Her Best
summer, spring and fall, Georgia’s Blue Ridge is simply beautiful.
Winter is cool and quiet with occasional snow. Spring is best for trout
fishing, wildflower displays, blooming dogwoods and native azaleas.
Summer brings a profusion of mountain laurel and rhododendron blossoms,
along with warmer water for tubing & rafting. Blue Ridge is the
perfect place to celebrate the harvest and the glorious color of fall,
or to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Fall in Love with Blue Ridge
You will fall in love with the authentic mountain towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville.
Blue Ridge was once considered an elite health resort because of its
pure mineral waters. Visitors would ride the train to town, eat dinner
and take a leisurely walk to the mineral springs after dinner. Today,
visitors still ride the train and take a walk along Main Street,
enjoying the antique and specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, small
town atmosphere and friendly people. A river runs through the quaint
town of McCaysville, twin city with Copperhill, Tennessee. Stand in both
states at one time at the Blue Line, which marks the spot where Georgia
ends and Tennessee begins.
Have a Taste of the Mountains
local cuisine is part of the trip when you visit Georgia’s Blue Ridge.
Now, with the addition of some wonderful new restaurants, the choices of
dining spots are simply amazing, from gourmet to traditional Southern
5. Buying Local
Enjoy Homegrown – Homemade Goodies
local fruits, vegetables and homemade goodies is a big part of the Blue
Ridge experience, especially when it includes a visit to Mercier Orchards,
largest orchard in the southeast and family farm for 65 years. Treat
yourself to a farm tractor tour and u-pick fruit in season. Also see
Mountainview Orchards, a traditional apple orchard and fruit market, and
eat good Southern food at the Cider House Café.
6. Riding the Scenic Railway
Experience Living History
miss the train! Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which
runs along the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Board the
train at the historic depot in Blue Ridge. The view changes with the
seasons, wildflowers and mountain laurel in the spring, rhododendron in
the summer, gorgeous foliage in the fall and a ride with Santa and his
elves for Christmas. Open April through December.
Hike the Appalachian Trail to a Local Waterfall
of the greatest outdoor adventures in the world begin in Fannin County.
Both the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trails start at the top of
Springer Mountain. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails in the
area, including short trails suitable for beginning hikers and families.
8. Rafting & Tubing
Float the Beautiful Toccoa River
most popular family pastime in the summer is probably tubing the clear,
chilly Toccoa River either above the Lake Blue Ridge dam on Aska Road
or below in McCaysville. But there are lots of ways to enjoy our
rivers, streams and lakes, including rafting the exciting Ocoee River,
renting canoes or kayaks, pontooning or jet skiing on Lake Blue Ridge,
or even surfing on the river or the lake.
9. Playing in the Water
Discover Natural Water Parks
best water parks are those created by nature. Morganton Point on Lake
Blue Ridge is a Chattahoochee National Forest recreation area with
camping, fishing, swimming beach and picnic areas. Another favorite spot
for families is the Ocoee Whitewater Center just over the Tennessee
state line, where the Olympic kayak slalom course is perfect for wading
and sliding over the rocks when the river is not running (weekdays). The
Whitewater Center is also a great place for hiking and biking with
kids. Be sure to bring water shoes for the kids at either location.
10. Horseback Riding
Ride Horseback on Mountain Trails
riding stables specialize in family trail rides for kids of almost all
ages. Open year round with seasonal hayrides and evening wagon rides
with campfire dinners. Call for reservations and to book special group
Catch a Trophy Trout
is the Trout Capital of Georgia. There are over 100 miles of great
trout fishing rivers, creeks and streams in the area, including Jack's
River, Conasauga River, Toccoa River, Rock Creek, Noontootla Creek and
Cooper Creek. Please consult the Georgia Guide to Trout Fishing,
available free at the Welcome Center, for details as to season, creel
limits and size restrictions.
Spend Quality Time with Family & Friends
it’s playing Scrabble or Monopoly in your cabin, hiking to a waterfall,
going to a festival or the Swan Drive-in, the best thing about visiting
Georgia’s Blue Ridge is spending quality time with family and friends.
For special occasions, holidays, reunions, weddings or anniversaries,
create lasting memories of quality time well spent in the mountains