Plan Your Stay

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In this section you'll find information on

1. Local Restaurants

2. Fishing

3. Horseback riding

4. Nearby Attractions

5. Rafting and Water Sports (whitewater rafting, tubing, stand up paddling, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, and boating)

6. Local Farmers Markets

7. Wineries, Vineyards, Breweries

8. Spas

9. Golf

10. Hiking and Biking Trails

11. Zip Lining and Canopy Tours

12. Upcoming Events in the Blue Ridge Area

13. Best Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge area

14. Swan Drive-In Theater

15. State Parks, Historical Sites, Farms, Zoo, Fairs, and Nearby fun in the North Georgia Mountains

16. Be sure to visit https://www.blueridgemountains.com/things-to-do/ for things to do, self-guided tours and maps of the area.  

17. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Waterfalls

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Click here for Blue Ridge loca waterfalls map

Benton Falls

Turtletown Falls

Ocoee River Rapids

Jacks River Falls

Fall Branch Falls

Amicalola Falls

Long Creek Falls

Toccoa River, Swinging Bridge

Sea Creek Falls

Vogel State Park

Helton Creek Falls

Desoto Falls

Ravens Cliff Falls

Dukes Creek Falls

Anna Ruby Falls

High Shoals Falls

Hiking & Biking Trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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The Aska Trails

17 miles of trail systems that provide fun and exploration year-round.

Directions:

  • Start at Aska Road in Blue Ridge, and continue for 4.4 miles to find the trailhead to the Deep Gap area of this trail system and connecting trails to the Aska Adventure Area.

  • Start at the Deep Gap on Shady Falls Road to find a 1.5 to 5.5 miles of trails. This trail system provides safe trails for all levels with some more aggressive climbs here and there.

 

Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails

Start at the Ocoee Whitewater Center to find a great a one-mile hiking trail that crosses an amazing 330-foot tall suspension bridge that circles the center.

Theis trail has accessibility for disabled or challenged hikers and boasts an amazing 30 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking.

Brasstown, N.C. A national resource for traditional mountain music, dance, art, crafts, nature, gardening and folk lore. John C. Campbell is “A School to Bring Folks Together,” with classes, concerts, contra dances and an annual Fall Festival. (828) 837-2775, www.folkschool.org.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala, N.C. Observe kayaking, rafting and canoeing on the Nantahala River at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Also a stop for Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (Bryson City, N.C.)

Local Farmers Markets

  • Mercier Orchards - Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info) 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Phone: 800-361-7731. Alternate Phone: 706-632-3411. Fax: 706-632-2685. Email: customer.service@mercier-orchards.com. Open: every day from 7 am to 6 pm; Closed 4 days a year: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: End of April to Mid May Cherries: May Blueberries: June; Apples End of August - Late October; Orchard Tractor Rides May-October. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.

  • Blairsville Farmer’s Market Located on Hwy 515, the outdoor market is the place to meet the locals and enjoy the freshest local produce, honey, baked goods and arts and crafts. Open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 706-781-8802. ucfarmesmarket.com

  • North Georgia Farmers Market - Blue Ridge - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Fresh local eggs,
    Dunbarton Farm Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Phone: (706) 666-9030. Email: northga.fm@gmail.com. Open: Every Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. Directions: Just off highway 76, in the parking lot of the Cohutta Country Store. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. goat cheese, locally grown meat, honey, smoked nuts and treats, soaps and candles.

  • Podunk Produce - Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, Covered outdoor market, Precut Christmas trees, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, tayberries, tomatoes,
    9945 Lakewood Highway, Mineral Bluff, GA 30559. Phone: 706-374-1234. Email: thepodunkman@hotmail.com. Open: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm Sunday 10 am to 6 pm from March thru December. Directions: Please consult Google Maps: Podunk Produce-N-Such 9945 Lakewood highway Mineral Bluff, Ga. 30559. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. We are proud to say that the majority of our fruits and veggies are grown by locals. In the fall we carry locally grown pumpkins, gourds hay and cornstalks. At Christmas time we carry locally grown fresh cut Christmas trees hand made wreaths and hand made kudzu gift baskets. We also carry Georgia Grown and Amish jams, jellies,pickles,relish, hot sauce and spice rubs. We have local sorghum syrup and fresh honey, just the way the bees made it harvested only a few miles from the produce stand.

Horseback Riding

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Adventure Trail Rides has 6 different horseback riding package choices on beautiful trails that run through Cashes Valley. Year round fun with professional guides and riders up to 245 pounds can be accommodated.

Adventure Trail Rides

 

Cashes Valley Road

 

Blue Ridge, GA
(706)258-BARN
www.adventuretrailrides.com

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Horseback Riding in Blue Ridge Georgia

 

Blanche Manor Horseback Riding

177 Deal Hollow Road
Copperhill, TN 37317
(706)455-7433

www.blanchemanor.com

Blanche Manor Horseback Riding Stables 4 different riding packages available and because you can enjoy riding hoses year round in Blue Ridge, Georgia your ride could be through a shady forest trail or embarking into a snowy winter wonderland.

Trackrock Stables
202 Trackrock Camp Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-5252
www.TrackRockStables.com

Trackrock Riding Stables has 2 different horseback riding packages available along with a great location with more than 250 acres bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest. Experienced horseback riding guides and the opportunity to see wildlife such as wild turkey and deer as you ride your horse across crystal clear mountain streams and canter through peaceful green meadows.


Brasstown Valley Stables

6321 Highway 76
Young Harris, Georgia 30582
(706)379-9900

www.brasstownvalley.com/stables

Brasstown Valley Stables is in a great location. Year round riding on 5 miles of horseback riding trails featuring 1 and 2 hour guided mountain trail rides through open fields, hardwood forests and by crystal-clear trout streams. For beginning riders ages 6 and under there are hand-led horseback rides in the stables riding ring.

APPALACHIAN JAMS

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North Georgia's mountain music pickers, singers and listeners flock to the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site for the annual Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam. Everyone else should come on down and listen or dance. Bring a chair or stool and stay awhile!

 

(706) 482-2707
1 Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
www.dahlonegadda.org
Saturday afternoons April through October

https://www.dahlonega.org/things-to-do/

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Fishing & the Trout Adventure Trail

Fannin County is the Trout Capital of Georgia, and the Blue Ridge Mountains provides all kind of options for you to enjoy some of the best fishing. Choose from professional fishing charters or rental equipment if you'd rather go on your own.

Plan your own hiking and learning experience on a new Trout Adventure Trail following existing famous trails along the southernmost reach of the Appalachian Mountains. The Trout Adventure Trail® is a “do it yourself” and “plan your own” hiking and learning experience for kids of all ages along legendary trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. 

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Zip Lining and Canopy Tours

Blue Ridge Canopy Tour - The most exciting zip line in the Blue Ridge Mountain of North Georgia. With more than 13 platforms and more than a mile of zip lines, you are sure to enjoy yourself. Join them for your next Blue Ridge Vacation.

Georgia Zipline Canopy Tour

www.zipblueridge.com

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Swan Drive-In Theater

Swan Drive-In Theater

Showing Friday, Saturday and Sunday

8PM

Click here to see what's showing today

Adults $8, children 4-11 $5 and children 3 and under are free! Rain or shine. Concessions available. Pets allowed as long as they are kept on a leash and do not cause a disturbance to others. Cash only establishment. No credit or debit cards accepted. VIEW MORE

Upcoming Events in the Area

Events, Live Music, Festivals, Arts, Parade of Homes, and more!

Find the latest events coming up in Blue Ridge, Georgia. There's always something fun happening here!

Click here for our Upcoming Area Events

Restaurants

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You'll find a common ingredient shared by local restauranteurs -- a mixing bowl of town and country flavors that meld just right to create amazing eating choices. Add local breweries and wineries to the mix and you've got a pretty eclectic dining experience in a small town setting. But don't forget, there are some things you just have to eat when you come to the Georgia mountains: local trout, barbeque, fried apple pies, biscuits and sausage gravy -- just to name a few.

Local Restaurants

Restaurant Mapguide

Best Breakfasts in Blue Ridge

Best Breakfasts in Blue Ridge

It's the most important meal of the day! But it can be fun and delicious, and here are some of the best spots in town...

Blue Ridge is the ideal weekend getaway, but with so much to do like shopping, hiking or riding the train, you’re going to want to fuel up for the most important meal of the day. These 10 options have you covered whether you want to eat early, eat late, grab something before tubing the river or relax and dine with the locals.

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Rafting & Water Sports

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Blue Ridge Georgia Rafting and Water Sports - take your pick of whitewater rafting, tubing, stand up paddling, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, and boating.

 

Surf Blue Ridge SUP Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the latest craze in watersports and believe it or not you no longer need the ocean to enjoy this exciting sport. Stand Up Paddle Blue Ridge is in Downtown Blue Ridge Georgia.

Young Harris Water Sports is a boat and Jet Ski rental company as well as a wakeboarding cable park on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee and ski boat and Jet Ski rentals by delivery to Lake Blue Ridge.

White Water Rafting Companies in Georgia

 

A Rolling Thunder River Company

10 Hughes Street, McCaysville, GA 30555

(800)408-7238 Tubing (706) 492-5720

www.rollingthunderriverco.com

White Water Rafting Companies in Tennessee

Ocoee River Rafting

Ocoee Adventure Center The Ocoee River in Ducktown Tennessee is the premier river for whitewater rafting in the SE United States and the Ocoee Adventure Center offers 33% more time on the river than other rafting companies as well as the opportunity to enjoy Kayaking, biking and hiking over 80 miles of trails in the Cherokee National Forest.

High Country Adventures Whitewater Rafting Want to get your heart pumping on the Ocoee River in for the adventure of a life-time? Try everything from Class I to Class V rapids or the Hiwassee River Rafting which is great for the entire family. "You are guaranteed to wet your pants with High Country!"

Carolina Ocoee Outpost whitewater rafts the most popular whitewater river in the country is the East Tennessee Ocoee River which offers 2 great sections to raft with its big waves and continuous action: The Middle Ocoee's fast-moving class III- IV whitewater with more than 20 continuous rapids or the Upper Ocoee with class IV whitewater and was the location of the 1996 Olympics.

Carolina Ocoee Outpost

225 Industrial Drive
Ducktown, TN 37326
(800)468-7238
www.CarolinaOcoee.com


High Country Adventures

Whitewater Rafting
430 Highway 64 East
Ocoee Tennessee 37361
(800)233-8594
www.hcrivers.com


Ocoee Rafting

1548 Windy Ridge Road
Ducktown, Tennessee 37326
(800)258-4800
www.ocoeerafting.com


Ocoee River Outpost

4599 Highway 64 West
Ducktown, Tennessee
(888)723-8663
www.raft1.com

Ocoee Adventure Center

4651 Highway 64
Copperhill, Tennessee 37317
(888)723-8622
www.ocoeeadventurecenter.com


Raft One

4744 Highway 64 West
Copperhill, Tennessee 37317
(888)723-8663
www.raft1.com

Wildwater Limited

4596 Highway 64
Ducktown, TN 37326
(800)451-9972
www.wildwaterrafting.com

Tubing on the Toccoa River from Georgia

 

A Rolling Thunder River Company

10 Hughes Street
McCaysville, GA, 30555
800)408-7238 Tube (706)492-5720
www.rollingthunderriverco.com

Toccoa River Adventures

340 Toccoa Avenue
McCaysville, GA, 30555
706)492-5280 (706)455-4502
www.toccoariveradventures.com

Toccoa Valley Campground

11481 Aska Road
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706)838-4317
www.toccoavalleycampground.com

Tubing on the Toccoa River from Tennessee

 

Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking
227 West Tennessee Ave
Copperhill, Tennessee
(706)258-2411

www.blueridgemountainkayaking.com

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Breweries 

Fannin Brewing Company Tom Fennell brought his brewing skills to Fannin County for two simple reasons: Fresh air and fresh water make for fresh beer. Being local is important to Fannin Brewing; it’s in the name of their beers. Hiawassee Golden Ale, Toccoa Brown, Blue Ridge Lager and Chief Whitepath White IPA, along with several specialty beers and seasonal beers. They also source local ingredients in many of their beers. Tasting Room and Beer Garden hours: Thursday & Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. // Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., often with live music. 706-258-2762. Or visit: www.fanninbrewingcompany.com.

Grumpy Old Men Brewing A “Nano Brewery” and home of the world famous Moon Over Blue Ridge Wheat, Aska Pale Ale, Devils Den IPA, Hells Holler Porter, Tootla Creek Blonde Ale. Bergey Brown Ale, and Grasshoppa Imperial IPA. Grumpy Old Men Brewing was established in 2012 by two “old retired guys” who were home brewing in an outdoor shower and graduated to their brewery on East Main in Blue Ridge. Their corporate mission is simple: “If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it.” Open for tastings from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call 706-946-2739

Copperhill Brewery has a passion. A passion to brew high quality, diverse, and exceptional tasting craft beer.Brewing craft beer is truly an art form, and their goal is to brew an exceptional selection of craft beers that will set Copperhill Brewery apart from all others. Enjoy the variety of craft beers offered in the tap room! For directions and hours, call 423-548-3030

Buck Bald Brewing Born in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA, Buck Bald Brewing is dedicated to brewing the highest quality beer. Our passion is your pleasure as we combine the best quality ingredients with careful attention to every detail. From our flagship Ragin' Red Ale and Hollerin' Man Pale Ale to styles from across the spectrum you'll love every sip.So when you're thirstin' for a tasty brew, look for the Hollerin' Man on your tap handle or bottle. You're sure to find beers that will whet your whistle and make you holler for more.

Grandaddy Mimm's Moonshine Distillery Jack "Mimm" McClure (1914-1969) was a moonshiner and philanthropist in the North Georgia Mountains. Our authentic moonshine is crafted from his 1930's recipe, which is distilled and bottled on site at the distillery. Owner Tommy Townsend is Jack's grandson and is also the lead singer with Waymore's Outlaws, Waylon Jennings' band. We invite you to come in, sample the best moonshine you've ever tasted, take a tour and meet Tommy. You can choose from several flavors, all made with natural ingredients. For directions and hours, call 706-781-1829.

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Swan Drive-In Theater

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Wineries & Vineyards

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Bear Claw Vineyards is a place known for breathtaking mountain views, pristine bubbling springs, and the Blue Ridge Treehouse, a place you can soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and breathe in the clean mountain air to renew your spirits. Bear Claw Vineyards is a densely planted vineyard, which is rarer to see, producing less grapes but better wine.   2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge / 706-223-3750 

Mercier Orchards is the only apple orchard in Georgia that grows, presses, ferments and bottles their own hard apple cider & farm wines. Mercier’s is also the first producer of Hard Cider in the state. Visit their 120-acre farm and enjoy a round of tasting; hard ciders include Grumpy Granny, Black Bee, Legends, Old #3 and Cold Day in Hops. Their farm wines include Fall Harvest Apple, Blackberry Winter and Summer Sweet Peach wines. Mercier’s also has tastings of some of the best regional wines produced in the Georgia Mountains. Mercier’s is open from 7am to 6pm, 7 days-a-week. Tasting Room, M-SA 11am-7pm and SUN 12:30-7pm.   706-632-3411 

Serenberry Vineyards is a charming vineyard and farm winery just a few country miles from downtown Blue Ridge. Experience this intimate place and take in the simple and serene pleasures of the North Georgia Mountains while being surrounded by nature’s down-to-earth gifts of life, people, and wine. Visit the Tasting Barn, dating back to the 1920s, and sample a variety of sweet, dry, and hearty wines. Linger longer; select your favorite wine, by the glass or bottle, and explore the beautiful, relaxed setting on the open-air patio or take a leisurely stroll through the vines.  For directions and hours, call 706-623-8463

Cartecay Vineyards is located in Ellijay in the scenic Cartecay region. The vineyard has entertainment on weekends and the Tasting Barn is a refurbished circa 1890s barn, with seating area round a wood fire stove, covered porch, deck and events room, which was originally a hay loft. Cartecay makes a variety of wines, including Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Chimney Blush and Chimney Red, Merlot and Cabernet Savignon.  For directions and hours, call 706-698-9463 or visit: 

Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard near Ellijay. The vineyard is located in a beautiful setting, and features music every Saturday. Full tours of the vineyard are available every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. by reservation. The tour includes a tasting of 5 wines, a glass of your favorite wine at tour conclusion and a crystal Chateau Meichtry wine glass.  For directions and hours, call 706-502-1608 or visit online.

Nottely River Valley Vineyards Located in Murphy, N.C., Nottely Valley Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery established in 2008. The vineyard and winery occupies 10 acres of a 93 acre farm that has been in the family since 1820. The vineyard consist of high density plantings of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Primitivo, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and the French Hybrids – Chambourcin, Chardonel, & Seyval Blanc.  For directions and hours, call 828-837-7822

Ott Farms and Vineyard is located in Ellijay Georgia on 7+ acres of Gilmer County's most beautiful mountain view. They currently have 4 acres of French-American hybrid grapes planted. Ott Farms and Vineyards also features an 1800 square foot tasting room with a 30 ft x 30 ft vaulted covered pavilion and an 8 ft x 80 ft covered porch ready to accommodate you rain or shine. For directions and hours, call 706-273-1891 or visit online.

Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa is located near Blairsville. As you drive into the entrance of the 35 acre property, there is a small test vineyard roadside, below some of the rental cabins. The main vineyard at Paradise Hills stretches beyond the centrally located Lodge with the winery production building alongside it. The vineyards were originally planted in 2012 with a variety of grapes to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Reisling, Chardonnel, Traminette and Sangiovese.  For directions and hours, call 877-745-7483 or visit online. 

Be sure to drink responsibly! Always have a designated driver or call one of our local cab and transportation companies:

* A2B Transit
844-354-6622

* Howard Jabaley Taxi Service
706-455-0082; 706-492-3244

* Mountain Transportation, LLC
706-851-9465

Please call ahead for detailed directions & make sure the establishment is open when you want to go.

Golf

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Golfing in Blue Ridge North Georgia Area

Cohutta Cove Mini Golf This new 18 hole Miniature Golf Course is located just South of Blue Ridge at 64 Dunbarton Farm Road has Frequent Player Rewards and you get 3 chances to win a Free game by getting a hole-in-one on the 9th, or the 18th, or if you hit the "free game" mark in their golf ball Plinko. After a fun game of golf, you just have to try their ice cream, smoothies, special Espresso drinks and so much more. Great fun, great food...great time!

Old Toccoa Farms

596 Curtis Switch Road
Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559
(706) 946-HOME
www.oldtoccoafarm.com

Old Taccoa Farms is a must for golf purists and families. This newly built course blends seamlessly into the natural ridges and fields of the area. The designers Dan Proctor, Dave Axland designed this links inspired, par 70 course with the idea of allowing the natural landscape to thrive and form the course without disturbing the surrounding environment. Enjoy the 280 feet of elevation changes as you take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding Chattahoochee and Cherokee Nations forests.


Brasstown Valley Resort Golf

6321 Highway 76
Young Harris, Georgia 30582
(706)379-9900
www.brasstownvalley.com

Brasstown Valley Resort is a golfer's paradise. This 19-hole public course with a golf club is located in a pristine valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia.

Butternut Creek Golf Course

129 Union County Recreation Road
Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706)439-6076
www.butternutcreekgolf.com

Butternut Creek Golf Course features 6,536 yards of dramatic fairways and is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Mountains making it one of North Georgia's finest public golf courses.


Whitepath Golf Course

1156 Shenandoah Drive
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
(706)276-3080
www.whitepathgolfclub.com

Whitepath Public Golf Course is only 20 minutes from Downtown Blue Ridge Georgia and features breathtaking scenery from elevated trees overlooking lush fairways, trout stream and 4 lakes that come into play. This course was designed in 1987 by Rocky Roquemore and will challenge and entertain golfers of all experience levels.

Golfing Outside of Blue Ridge North Georgia

Copper Basin Golf Course

5765 US 64
Copperhill, TN 37317
www.copperbasingolfclub.com

The Copper Basin 9 Hole Golf Course has beautiful scenery and is located nearby on Highway 64, 3.5 miles east of Ducktown, Tennessee and 17 miles west of Murphy, N Carolina. From Blue Ridge Georgia take Highway 5 into Copperhill TN, take left on Highway 68N to Highway 64E and it will be 3.5 miles on left.

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 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. Special trips are planned throughout the year like the Firecracker Special and the Santa Express trips. Open mid March through December. 

Call 1-800-934-1898 or visit www.brscenic.com.

Spas

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Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is located in the North Georgia mountains and offers accommodations, dining, championship golf, stables, a 7,500-square-foot spa and a wide range of activities for the whole family as well as a wedding and event facility.

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Teatrees Boutique Spa

Teatrees Boutique Spa offers the same professional services and amenities as a larger spa with a more tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. Their location has a quiet lounge area with a large river stone fireplace and an outside deck overlooking the gardens where one can relax between services and have a cup of herbal tea or water. Their primary goal is to promote healing and wellness through soothing massage therapy, holistic facials, private infrared sauna or essential oil treatments from our aromatherapy bar. We also specialize in Vinotherapy which includes a glass of wine. Afterwards, shop from our many spa retail products.

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Paradise Hills Resort & Spa

Paradise Hills, Resort & Spa is a mountain cabin resort, farm winery & spa located on thirty five acres of cascading hills. To compliment the cabins, lodge, resort Spa and beautiful property, Paradise Hills now offers a destination vineyard wedding venue that is affordable for all.

https://www.blueridgemountains.com/directory/parad...

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Nearby in the Georgia Mountains

Ellijay Area

Apple Orchard Alley Gilmer County’s apple orchards are spread across this picturesque valley along Georgia Hwy. 52.

Fort Mountain State Park
Gorgeous mountain scenery and a mysterious rock wall are the main attractions at this 3,712 acre state park between Ellijay and Chatsworth. Mountain biking trails, swimming beach, camping and cabins. In Ellijay take Hwy 282 over the mountain to Chatsworth.

Blairsville Area

Grandaddy Mimms Distillery

Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery offers authentic moonshine, based on the Mimm’s recipe from the 1930’s. You will be able to taste Grandaddy Mimm’s corn whiskey, apple brandy, apple brown betty and peach cobbler moonshine. Located on Hwy. 19/129 out of Blairsville.

Brasstown Bald
Rising 4,784 feet above sea level is Georgia’s tallest mountain. Its incredible 360 degree view allows you to see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. Take a ride on the Brasstown National Scenic Byway. Hike or drive to the top. 706-896-4137. www.cfaia.org

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

The Reece Farm, located on Hwy 19/129 between Blairsville and Vogel State Park. Take in the history of early Appalachian living from a famous farmer and poet’s history and childhood home. 706-745-2034. Byronherbertreecesociety.org

Vogel State Park
One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful 22-acre mountain lake with beach and paddleboard rentals. Also see Tralyta Falls near the park’s entrance. Highway 19/129 outside Blairsville.

Young Harris – Hiawassee

Young Harris College and Rollins Planetarium
Visit the beautiful campus of Young Harris College. See the planetarium and art gallery. 706-379-3111.

Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Situated on 503 acres, Brasstown Valley Resort offers dining, spa services, 18-hole championship golf and more. 706-379-9900.

Lake Chatuge
Spend some time boating, skiing, fishing or camping on the waters of Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee. 706-396-4966. Golakechatuge.com

Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA. Home of the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden, annual Bluegrass Festival, Georgia Mountain Fair and many other concerts throughout the year. The fairgrounds and campground are located on beautiful Lake Chatuge in Towns County Georgia in the north Georgia mountains. (706) 896-4191.

Burt’s Farm
Near Dawsonville. Pick a pumpkin and take a hayride from September to November each year. (800) 600-BURT. Located on www.burtsfarm.com

Amicalola Falls State Park
Visitors will discover spectacular mountain vistas and the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitor center, restaurant and gift shops. Follow Hwy 52 from Ellijay to the intersection with Hwy 53 toward Dahlonega. 706-265-4703

Dahlonega

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
Located in the old county courthouse, the museum tells the story of America’s first gold rush. Also in Dahlonega, pan for gold at the Consolidated or Crisson Gold Mine. (706) 864-2257

Cleveland

North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo
This popular attraction has a drive-through zoo and petting farm. Open Daily. To see special events and activities, visit northgeorgiazoo.com or call 706-348-7279.

Babyland General Hospital
Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, it’s the only place in the world where you can adopt your very own cabbage patch baby. 706-865-2171 or visit cabbagepatchkids.com

Helen

Helen Alpine Village
Re-creation of an alpine village, nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Helen features over 200 specialty shops. Visit during Oktoberfest in September- October. (800) 858-8027.

Ball Ground

Gibbs Gardens

A world class garden attraction with water features, seasonal showings and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. 770-893-1881

Nearby Attractions

Blue Ridge is surrounded by special places for sightseeing and adventures in the tri-state area of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Ducktown Basin Museum

Ducktown, Tenn. Tour the grounds of the historic Burra Burra Copper Mine and see exhibits on the mining heritage of the Copper Basin. (423) 496-5778.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

Ducktown, Tenn. Built for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom Races, the center includes the Olympic kayak course, native gardens, paved walkways, hiking and biking trails, pools of water for wading or feeding fish and more.
(423) 496-5197

Ocoee Scenic Byway (Hwy 64/FS77)

Wind alongside the Ocoee River, one of America’s favorite whitewater rafting destinations. The panoramic view from the overlooks on Chilhowee Mountain is a favorite for photographers. (877-510-5765)

Hiwassee River Rail Adventures


Ride on a restored vintage passenger train to view the scenic Hiwassee River, Hiwassee River Gorge and famous Hiwassee Rail Loop. Half day trips to the loop and back and full day trips end in Copperhill, Tenn. Trains run from April through November. 877-510-5765

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino

Play the hottest new games at Harrah’s in Murphy. Favorite table games including blackjack, craps and roulette. Over 1,000 slot machines to choose from.

John C. Campbell Folk School

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Paradise Hills Resort & Spa

The Ridge Community Church

https://theridge.cc

960 MILLHOLLAND ROAD
MINERAL BLUFF, GA 30559

706-258-2330 | INFO@THERIDGE.CC

What to Do on a Rainy Day

There are plenty of fun indoor activities available in Blue Ridge for you to enjoy, even during wet weather.

1. Visit Escape Room: Blue Ridge

An escape room is an adventure game in which players are “locked” in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit (60 minutes). The games are physical versions of “escape the room” video games. It’s fun for the whole family, or if you and a friend are just a duo, they will find you new friends to take on the challenge. It’s a unique, fun way to kill an hour that you’ll be talking about for many more hours, many more days, and many more years to come.

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2. Visit a museum.

We have one of the largest selections of local and regional fine artists works located at the Blue Ridge Art Association Center in downtown Blue Ridge. There are two stories of art to peruse, in a beautiful setting, the restored old Fannin County Courthouse. On exhibit this fall will be two shows not to be missed. From Oct. 5th through November 9th, the 12th Annual SAAG National Juried Art Show will be on exhibit, with artists entries from 25 states. And Oct 5ththrough January 4th, the Photography of Jerry Mucklow, Artist In Residence will be showcased. Half of the works of Mr. Mucklow’s show will be the many frames he’s captured of the Blue Ridge area, and the other half will feature the Coastal South.

Or visit Tabor House and Civil War Museum.  138 Spring Street Ellijay, GA 30540.    (706) 276-1861.     Located in downtown Elijay, Tabor House & Civil War Museum provides the community with a bit of history. Well over a century old, it houses artifacts, period furniture and a library featuring books and videos about the Civil War.

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3. Visit “Taste the Difference” at Taste of Amish.

Taste of Amish invites you to “taste the difference” that their preservative-free products promise. From Cheeses to Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans to Jalapeño Eggs, Flaming Baby Beets to Rainbow Popcorn, saltwater taffy and various salsas, jams, and granolas - just to name a few. They also offer handmade soaps, all-natural lotions, and Amish remedies as well.

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4. Check out a Show at Blue Ridge Community Theater

Dedicated to enriching Blue Ridge’s cultural experience, the Blue Ridge Community Theater offers various plays and performances to Blue Ridge residents and visitors alike. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a rainy day and support local talent at the same time. Check the calendar to see what is happening during your visit!

5. Go Wine Tasting

Located in downtown Blue Ridge, The Vine offers a relaxing, sophisticated atmosphere to enjoy wine tasting. Choose either a full flight and taste 6 different wines, or opt for a light flight and taste 3 different wines. Their extensive wine list includes local wines, as well as wines from California, Oregon, and Italy. 

Or go taste testing at Serenberry Vineyards. Located in sister city Morganton GA, the tasting room is situated in a restored 1920’s barn. You’ll enjoy tasting the fine wines grown on this 3rd generation family farm and hear some interesting stories of this region. A kickback afternoon we highly recommend.

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6.Tour Fannin Brewing Company and Taste Local Beers

More of a beer buff than a wine connoisseur? Then check out Fannin Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. This microbrewery is passionate about being local. They use local ingredients and even naming their beers after what they call “the beauty around us.” Try their seasonal brews, as well as their year-round ales.

Grumpy Old Men Brewery has great craft beer. TV’s are on and there are game tables to play.  Trip Advisor’s #5 Top Attraction in Blue Ridge. Kids are welcome, too. They have a great root beer on tap for those too young or the designated driver of the group. They open at noon Tuesday thru Sunday and are located at 1315 E. Main St. in Downtown Blue Ridge.

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7. Get Your Art Fix at Turning Leaf Fine Art Gallery

Art appreciation knows no weather limitations! Proudly featuring the works of world renowned, highly-acclaimed award-winning artists, Turning Leaf – A Fine Art Gallery displays works from local, regional, and national artists alike. Once primarily focused on wood art, Turning Leaf has expanded to include works of all kinds, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and more. Pick up a classic piece, or just enjoy the gallery!

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8. Shop in Downtown Blue Ridge

Check out this shopping guide

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9. Visit Fannin Lanes. 

This classic bowling center has twelve wooden lanes, all kept in excellent condition. There are automatic bumper rails for the kids. They are a non-smoking, family entertainment facility, reasonably priced and just the ideal way to wait out the rain. And they are open seven days a week and holidays.

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10. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers sight-seeing railway tours along the Tocca River offering panoramic views of the landscape from their well-kept vintage open air coaches.

 

241 Depot Street Blue Ridge, GA 30531  |  (800) 934-1898

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