Attractions in North Georgia A Must-See
North Georgia getaways hold the potential for limitless recreation and amusement for the whole family. Whether you crave the inspiration of original art, the excitement of creative discovery, or the spectacle of natural wonder, you’ll find it here. From mountains to waterways, and everything in-between, with heaping helpings of Southern charm, here are our picks for the best attractions in the Blue Ridge area.
Right In Your Backyard
Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours
Let Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours introduce you to the finest craft brews and culinary delights in the North Georgia Mountains. Their three-hour guided walking tours through Downtown Blue Ridge are a must for any foodie or culturist. Enjoy 20-25 minute stops at 5-6 restaurants or breweries, depending on your choice of themed tours: Brew House Tour, Fabulous Foodie Tour, or Sugar High Tour. At each stop, guests will sample menu offerings while owners, managers and/or chefs discuss their specialties.
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Located in Blue Ridge, Mercier Orchards has been welcoming guests with seasonal u-picks, home baked goods, wine, and more since 1943. All year long, the Mercier family provides small town farm fun on 300 acres with tractor rides, family-friendly obstacle course, fishing, and festivals.
BJ Reece Orchards
From late-August through late-October, stop by Ellijay’s BJ Reece Orchards for u-pick apples as well as a country bakery, petting farm, pony rides and more. The orchards are open for picking daily, but farm fun activities are weekends only, in-season.
Fausett Sunflower Farm
For about a month in the early fall each year, Fausett Sunflower Farm in Dawsonville offers 30+ acres of vibrant sunflowers for picking. The fields also make for breathtaking photo shoots! Fausett Sunflower Farm also offers mule-drawn wagon rides, fresh snacks, and farm goods for purchase, as well as miles of trails to explore.
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Throughout the fall, get your Blue Ridge farm fix at Burt’s Farm with pumpkin picking, hay rides, a country store, and more.
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Couple your visit to Burt’s Farm with an expedition to Amicalola Falls, which is only a half-mile walk away to a footbridge that crosses the falls. Amicalola Falls is a 729-foot waterfall on Amicalola Creek, and the highest waterfall in Georgia. The falls are the centerpiece of Amicalola Falls State Park - 829 acres of scenic mountain wilderness in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Visitors to the pet-friendly State Park can enjoy diverse hiking trails, including an 8.5-mile trail to Springer Mountain, at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. The park also offers a visitor center, picnic shelters, an amphitheater, two playgrounds, comfort stations, and the Maple Restaurant at the Amicalola Lodge.
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Along the 78.6-mile Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail, you can follow in the footsteps of the man who originally envisioned it, on the nearly 300-mile trail that bears his name - the Benton MacKaye Trail. Blue Ridge is the first town on the Benton MacKaye Trail system, which traverses the county into the Cohutta Wilderness after splitting from the Appalachian Trail, before leading into Tennessee. The Georgia Loop, said to be the toughest hike in Georgia, is a 55-mile triangle of the Benton Mackaye Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Duncan Ridge Trail. While exploring the BMT, make sure to visit Fall Branch Falls. Known for its series of cascades, this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in North Georgia. It’s about a half-mile round trip, and appropriate for all ages and skill levels.
Aska Adventure Area
Nestled within the Aska Adventure Area just outside of Blue Ridge, Lilly Pad Village offers gem mining, fishing, mini golf, hiking, and outdoor play in a beautiful mountain setting with inspiring views and nature’s tranquility. The Aska Adventure Area is also home to numerous hiking trails, the Sandy Bottoms fishing and swimming hole, and water recreation like tubing, kayaking, and fishing on the Toccoa River. Blue Ridge, Georgia is the Trout Capital of Georgia, and the Toccoa River is the jewel in that crown! There are many outfitters and guides to provide equipment, lessons, and tips for a successful angling mission. The Toccoa River is also the site of the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. This 270-foot-long suspension bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River, accessible via a short hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail.
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Another way to experience the Toccoa River is from The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (BRSR). The BRSR hosts 4-hour, 26-mile round-trip tours through the Appalachian foothills, along the Toccoa River and through the Chattahoochee National Forest. Departing from Blue Ridge, guests enjoy a two-hour layover to explore the border areas of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee before the return trip.
Adventure is the main event when you set your sights on sightseeing by horseback! The Blue Ridge area has several horseback tour guides offer tours for any experience level. Appalachian Trail Rides is a popular choice for all ages. This 250-acre facility provides guided horseback tours through scenic trails along lakes and streams at the foothills of the mountains.
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During the spring months, make sure to catch the blossoming explosion of color at Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee. Visitors can stroll through the 33-acre gardens to discover more than 1,100 species of plants along Lake Chatuge, beneath Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak. A seasonal shuttle invites guests to skip the steep 4,784-ft. climb to the top of Brasstown Bald, where an observation deck offers a birds-eye view of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.
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Beneath the imposing majesty of Brasstown Bald, the town of Blairsville is home to the Old Courthouse Museum (the oldest working courthouse in Georgia), which is a great stop for history buffs.
Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm
If you have a crafter or an animal lover in your travel party, Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm is a wonderfully unique location that combines both for a memorable experience available by appointment only. Visit the alpacas, and then stick around for a felting or fiber arts class!
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Another necessary stop for fans of U.S. History, Dahlonega was the site of gold discoveries in 1828 - well before the famous California Gold Rush that helped to settle the West. Today, visitors can try their luck at Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, the largest hard rock gold mine east of the Mississippi, and the home of the annual Dahlonega Gold Rush Days festival.
North Georgia Zoo and Farm
North Georgia Zoo and Farm located in Cleveland, GA is home to all kinds of farm and exotic animals. They offer more options than a traditional zoo and do this to help fit your schedule, dreams, ages and budget! They also specialize in close encounters & personal interactions. Come experience for yourself and see why they are called a "Zoo like no other" and why you will love #MyFavZoo!
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Tallulah Gorge State Park encompasses more than 2,700 acres of land with a 63-acre lake, sandy beach, suspension bridge, hiking/biking trails, boating, and more along the Appalachian Trail.
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Chattahoochee Nature Center Includes extensive birds of prey exhibits, a riverside boardwalk, and 3 miles of hiking trails on 127 acres beside the Chattahoochee River.
Unicoi State Park
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Unicoi State Park is home to the 44-acre Smith Lake, fishing docks, a sand beach, hiking trails, and the magnificent Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area.
Centrally located to the best of the Blue Ridge Mountain region, our vacation home rentals in Ellijay, Morganton, Mineral Bluff, Cherry Log, and Blue Ridge, Georgia provide the perfect home base to see and do it all. Waterfront and mountain view properties available for an immersive, next-level vacation experience!