North Georgia Day Trips

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