When planning your trip to Blue Ridge Georgia, you're sure to find that the unparalleled location creates a unique vacation opportunity. Situated within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, the city is the perfect place for a quiet getaway or a thrilling outdoor adventure; whether you enjoy hiking or backpacking on the trails or taking scenic drives along the Georgia Mountain Parkway, Blue Ridge offers vacationers a chance to enjoy the many activities the area has to offer.
Sightseeing is a favorite vacation pastime especially during the fall when the changing of the leaves highlights the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. Other popular outdoor activities include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, and fishing, and the historic railroad provides both an excellent sightseeing opportunity and a fun family activity. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs along the Toccoa River to McCaysville with stops along the way for sightseeing and refreshments, and the train ride provides a leisurely journey through the scenic countryside with views of the Cohutta Mountains.
There are plenty of fun things to do for couples and families in Blue Ridge Georgia and nearby surrounding areas. A fifteen-minute drive takes you to McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee both situated along the Georgia-Tennessee border. A thirty-minute drive will take you to the quaint city of Murphy, North Carolina with its old city charm and antique shops. Visitors can also spend the day at Mercier Orchards, where the Mercier family started its apple growing business in 1943. You will be surrounded by bushels of fresh apples as well as jams, jellies, apple cider, and gourmet salsas in their gift shop. If you're planning a picnic, stop at the bakery for one of their fried apple fritters or pies or visit the deli for fresh sandwich items, meats, and cheeses-they're the perfect complement to the scenery.
Blue Ridge Georgia also celebrates with annual events such as the Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race, Arts in the Park, the Wildlife Festival of the Arts, and the Light up Blue Ridge Christmas festival. The Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race is a challenge for outdoor enthusiasts as participants run and bike through the Chattahoochee National Forest and paddle on either Lake Blue Ridge or the Toccoa River; the race takes place in April while the temperatures are pleasant and the scenery is beautiful. Visitors will also enjoy the Arts in the Park festival, which features featuring handcrafted items made in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. Over Memorial Day weekend, Blue Ridge continues its spring celebration featuring some of the finest examples of mountain crafts in the state, and the event features demonstrations by artisans along with food, music, and dancing, as well as more than 200 booths of handcrafted items.
Lake Blue Ridge is a prime location for travelers interested in water sports. Several popular pastimes for vacationers are whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in nearby McCaysville. The center was the location for the 1996 canoe, kayak, and slalom summer Olympic events, and the prime season for water sports runs June through September, when the dam at Lake Blue Ridge is opened releasing additional water flow to the Toccoa/Ocoee River. At the center, visitors can also hike a one-mile trail leading across a 330-foot suspension bridge or walk or mountain bike along twenty miles of additional trails. The clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge make it a prime location for fishing along with in addition to camping and boating, and the lake area comprises 3,290 acres equipped with boat ramps, campsites, a full-service marina, picnic grounds, and public swimming areas.
Travelers planning to stay in Blue Ridge have their choice in comfortable accommodations, including outstanding hotels, luxury cabins, and bed and breakfasts. All of these cozy accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia offer seasonal specials and discounts, ensuring that travelers on any budget can enjoy a visit to this scenic part of the southeastern United States.