Area Info

Blue Ridge Dining  Find the best places to eat in Blue Ridge, GA

Downtown Blue Ridge Shopping Guide  Walking Map to Shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

Scenic Driving Tours – Map  Scenic driving tours

Special Places – Map  Locate all of the places you’ll want to see!

Cohutta Wilderness – Map  Scenic driving tour of the Cohutta Wilderness

Downtown Blue Ridge Walking Tour – Map  Checkout the historic buldings in Downtown Blue Ridge!

Adventure Trail Rides – Horseback riding  706-258-BARN  Horseback riding for all levels

Blanche Manor – Horseback riding   Copperhill, TN (423) 496-1060   The horses are hand picked because of their temperament and suitability to the terrain. NOTE: Copperhill, TN is only about 15 miles from downtown Blue Ridge

Ocoee Rafting   1-800-251-4800  Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River – Families with kids 12 years and up

Rolling Thunder River Company   1-800-408-RAFT  Whitewater rafting on the Natahala River – Families with kids under 12

Swan Drive-in Movie  Enjoy a movie at one Georgia’s last drive-in movie theaters

River Tubing on the Toccoa  Enjoy a day tubing on the Toccoa River

Canoe / Kayak Rentals   Enjoy a day canoeing or kayaking on the Toccoa River

Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s Highest Mountain) 706-896-2556    Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s highest mountain at an elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level. From the top of the mountain you have a 360 degree view of 4 states and on clear Fall days you can see Atlanta to the south.

There is a shuttle bus or you can choose between 4 hiking trails ranging in length from ½ to 6 miles to get to the observation area at the top of the mountain where you will find a mountaintop theater with a video presentation that shows the beauty of the changing seasons on Brasstown Bald.

Take Highway 515 east to Hiawassee. On the east side of Hiawassee turn right onto Highway 17/75. Follow the signs to Brasstown Bald.

North Georgia Wineries  Enjoy a day of wine tasting in North Georgia’s local wineries.

Geocaching – GPS Treasure Hunting   Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. GPS users can use the location coordinates given on-line to find the caches. Visitors are asked to leave something for the cache if they take something away. Click this link to visit the website, type in our zip code (30513) to find the local caches and start your search! www.GeoCaching.com

Trails for ATVs   If you enjoy riding ATV’s, this link will take you to a site for more information regarding ATV trails in the North Georgia area. Fannin County does not have a specific “ATV” trail, but there are many backroads areas that might be of interest. If not, several of these are just a short drive away. DO NOT RIDE ATV’S AROUND YOUR CABIN – THESE ARE PRIVATELY MAINTAINED ROADS.

Pickin’ in the Park   Enjoy live acoustic music including traditional Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Jazz music every Thursday from 6:00pm – Dusk during the months of May through September alongside the Toccoa River at Ron Henry-Horseshoe Bend River Park in McCaysville, Georgia.

Pickin’ In The Park® is a series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local acoustic music. Bring your instruments and participate in these weekly jam sessions along the river… or come listen, grill-out and dance!

Pickin’ In The Park® is located under the trees and pavilions alongside the

beautiful Toccoa River upstream from McCaysville, Georgia on River Road just off Hwy 60. For more information, call: 423-496-4653.

Southern Tree Plantation  Southern Tree Plantation is an active plantation growing thousands of pumpkins and Christmas trees. They are open to the public for pumpkin and tree sales during our fall and Christmas seasons.

 

 

ATLANTA, GA

Atlanta makes a great day trip, but you’ll want to plan your time wisely because there is a lot to see and do!

While in Atlanta check out:

 

  • Georgia Aquarium  The World’s Largest Aquarium. With 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe, you’re sure to see things you’ve never seen before!
  • World of Coke – Coca Cola Museum  Browse the world’s largest collection of memorabilia that celebrates the refreshing beverage that was created here in Atlanta in 1886. Come discover the history of this global brand.
  • Stone Mountain Park  Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Amazing adventures await as you discover interactive children’s attractions. Plus you’ll not want to miss such fun annual events as the Yellow Daisy Festival or the Indian Pow Wow. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages.

 

 

CHATTANNOGA, TN

Chattanooga makes a great day trip, but you’ll want to plan your time wisely because there is a lot to see and do! This link will take you to their visitor’s bureau for more information.

While in Chattanooga check out: 

 

HELEN, GA

The small town of Helen, Georgia is a replica of a German village.

From Blue Ridge take 515/76 east to Hiawassee. On the east side of Hiawassee, turn right onto Highway 17/75 and follow the signs to Helen. This is a beautiful drive and you will pass a trailhead for the Appalachian Trail along the way.

While in Helen, don’t miss:

 

  • Babyland General – Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids  73 West Underwood St. Cleveland, GA 706-865-2171 
  • Habersham Winery  7025 S. Main St. Helen, GA 30545 706-878-9463
  • Anna Ruby Falls  Hwy 356 Helen, GA 30545 706-878-3574
  • Unicoi State Park  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and biking on scenic mountain trails, especially those leading to Anna Ruby Falls. Craft lovers should not miss the gift shop specializing in hand-made quilts and local pottery. Numerous picnic tables are located throughout the park. Park Map

 

DAHLONEGA, GA

Located about a one hour drive from Blue Ridge you will find the quaint town of Dahlonega which was once home to the Cherokee Indians and the site of America’s first major Gold Rush ignited by the 1828 discovery of the purest gold in the world. Today’s visitors find the images of yesteryear as they stroll the historic public square, or travel the roads, trails, and rivers of the beautiful mountains and valleys of the surrounding area.

Take Highway 515 west toward the town of Ellijay. Just before Ellijay you will take Highway 52 and follow the signs to Dahlonega. This route takes you through apple country…there will be several apple orchards on both sides of the roads were you can purchase apples during the season.

Or if you want scenic drive (and you like winding roads…)

Take Highway 515 east (toward the town of Blairsville) for 3.5 miles, turn left onto Highway 60 and just follow the signs!

While in Dahlonega check out:

 

  • The Smith House  84 South Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533  706-867-7000  Country cooking served “home style”.
  • Consolidated Goldmine  185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd., Dahlonega, GA 706-864-8473
  • Chestatee Wildlife Preserve  Located on Old Dahlonega Highway (SR 115) 706-864-9411  Home to 450 animals from white tigers, camels, bison and leopards to wolves.
  • Dahlonega Gold Museum  The museum, located in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, offers visitors a look at the mining history of Georgia.

 

DAWSONVILLE, GA

Dawsonville hosts a number of festivals and events, including the Thunder in the Sky Fireworks Display in July and The Mountain Moonshine Festival in October. The Dawsonville town square comes alive with cars, arts and crafts displays, clogging, and other entertainment. Dawsonville’s also the home of NASCAR Champion, Bill Elliott.

While in Dawsonville check out: 

  • North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall   800 Highway 400 South  Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-216-3609    Home of 140 outlet shops.Take Highway 515 west toward the town of Ellijay. Just before you reach Ellijay you will take a left onto Highway 52 and follow the signs for Highway 53 to GA-400.
  • Amicalola Falls State Park   418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, Georgia, 30534  706-265-8888  Park Map  Take Highway 515 west toward the town of Ellijay.   Just before you reach Ellijay you will take a left onto Highway 52 and follow the signs.
  • Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch   Located two miles west of GA400 on Highway 53  Opening Day: Saturday, August 30th.  Uncle Shuck’s has been recognized as one of the most popular corn mazes in America! This 20-acre agri-tainmentcomplex in Dawsonville, Ga., just 40 minutes north of Atlanta, offers living pathways among 12-foot cornstalks, weekend hay rides, a Kiddie CORNer play zone, and much more.
  • Kangaroo Conservatory   706-265-6100    An 87-acre wildlife park dedicated to the preservation of kangaroos and other Australasian wildlife through captive breeding and public education. Currently exhibiting hundreds of kangaroos of 9 species, the Center is celebrating its 10th year in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Our NEW Aussie Outing for 2009 lets you explore the “Outback” to view mobs of kangaroos on the KangaRanger and experience a variety of animal shows and exhibits, as well as enjoy our hiking trails surrounded by Australian wildlife! KangaRanger and Show times vary through out the day. MUST BE 5 YEARS OLD OR ABOVE TO BE ADMITTED INTO THE CENTER (see policy on website). Check calendar for available dates, not offered on Sundays and Mondays.

 

YOUNG HARRIS, GA

Brasstown Bald Mountain & Visitors Center

360 degree vista of four states from the observation deck, atop Georgia’s highest elevation of 4,784 feet. Hiking trails and picnicking areas are available. Open Memorial Day through October. Facilities 1/4 mile below. Summit reached by trail or by shuttle bus for a small fee. Travel GA 515/76 North/East. Then take US Highway 19/129 south from Blairsville seven miles. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 180 for nine miles, then north on Georgia 66 for three miles.

Brasstown Valley Resort,  6321 HWY 76. Young Harris, GA (800) 201-3205.  The perfect spot for Sunday brunch!

 

HIAWASSEE, GA

Fun World – Family Entertainment Center   Fun World at Fieldstone offers something for all ages: Join them for great family fun…  laser tag, 4 face rock climbing wall, 5 indoor batting cages, slick track go-cart racing,  indoor miniature golf, toddler town, foam factory, inflatables, over 120 arcade games &  so much more.

 

BLAIRSVILLE, GA

Dukes Creek Falls

Drops about 150 feet down a sheer granite canyon and into Dukes Creek. The area offers scenic beauty and excellent gold panning opportunities. There is a slippery-rock water slide. An observation deck affords an excellent view of the falls from the parking are. Travel GA 515/76 North/East. Then take US Highway 19/129 south from Blairsville five miles. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 180 for 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Georgia Highway 348 (Richard Russell Scenic Highway) for 12 miles.

Vogel State Park

Listed above, but worth listing twice! One of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks. Major facilities include 280 acres in the mountains, 20 acre lake, miniature golf, swimming beach, four picnic shelters, pioneer camping, pedal boats, family group shelter. There are 17 miles of hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiasts.  Park Map