50+ Best Adventurous Things To Do in Blue Ridge, Ga

There are so many things to do in the Blue Ridge GA area! It is our family’s favorite mountain town, and we are excited to share with you some of the best ways to explore it!

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Photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Relaxing Fun | Outdoor Adventure | Hiking & Waterfalls | Shop, Eat and Drink | Festivals

Relaxing Fun in Blue Ridge, Ga

Pick Fruit. Known for it’s apple orchards, Mercier Orchards is king of the mountain. Families can also pick cherries, strawberries, blueberries and throughout the year. Head for a U-pick event, eat lunch at the Bakery & Deli, pick up goodies from the Market Store, and try a sample at the Farm Winery! There is so much to do – check out this post from Travel Voice By BeckyLooking for more apple picking fun in the mountains?

Watch a drive-in movie. Swan Drive In is one of four drive-in theaters in the state of Georgia that is still operating – since 1955. Bring cash – no cards accepted!

Swim in Lake Blue Ridge.  Head to Morganton Point Recreation Area for simple old-fashioned fun like camping, picnicking, boating, and hiking, all centered around beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. The boys love swimming here, too. Motorized boats welcome.

Rent a pontoon boat. Want to explore the water, but you don’t have a boat? Head to Lake Blue Ridge Marina to rent a pontoon and lounge the day away on the Lake.

Take the kids on a pony ride. Their beautiful ranch offers fun outdoor family adventure where you can let your inner cowboy, cowgirl or ‘lil buckaroo shine. Hells Hollow Adventure Outpost offers trail tides, pony rides, a pony-go-round, fishing, gem mining, zip lining and more.

Mine for gems. Our kiddos had fun at The Lily Pad Village gem mining, playing mini golf, hiking and fishing.

Ride off into the sunset.  There are amazing trail rides at Adventure Trail Ride, including a picnic ride, sunset ride and a river ford!

Tube the Toccoa. Yup, you can camp at Toccoa Valley Campground. But you also don’t want to miss six miles of tubing on the beautiful Toccoa River. It starts mid May and stops the week after Labor Day.

Play mini golf. Cohutta Cove Mini Golf offers mini golf and gem mining in the mountains.

Bike, the easy way. Looking to tour the city on bike, but need a little extra help? Rent an electric bike from Pedego Blue Ridge Electric Bikes for a trip around Lake Blue Ridge.

Take a Sunday drive. Head over to the Fannin County website for maps and directions of some of Blue Ridge’s best scenic driving tours. Restaurants, waterfalls, country drives and more.

Go Geocaching. Log on to geocaching.com, put in Blue Ridge’s zip code 30513 and find more than 250 geocaches in the area, plus a few unexpected places. Or follow the link to see Fannin County’s suggested top caches.

Stand in two states at once in Downtown McCaysville. You can actually stand in two states at once if you have one foot on the Georgia side and the other on the Tennessee side! McCaysville is also a fun place for window shopping and catching a view of the train.

Learn about trout. Tour Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery to see rainbow trout in their various life stages, hike the grounds or even stay here on a camping excursion. Annual activities include the Family Fishing Festival and fishing rodeos. You can even fish in Rock Creek, which runs through the hatchery.

Catch a play. Blue Ridge Community Theatre offers play performances for adults and children, as well as live music productions. It’s a great way to introduce the kiddos to theatre!

Track Bigfoot. Explore Bigfoot artifacts, exhibits, sketches and much more in the country’s biggest museum dedicated to Sasquatch, Expedition Big Foot.

See a ghost. Walking tour of downtown Blue Ridge with Blue Ridge Ghost Tour. 1 1/2 hr. $16 adults $14 school age. Handout and info about places outside Blue Ridge. Reservations required.

Take an Olympic tour. Explore the 1996 white water venue for the Summer Olympics –Ocoee Whitewater Center.  Now, visitors enjoy hiking or biking historic or forest trails, playing in the water, picnicking along the river, or strolling through the native gardens and walkways.

Picnic at Horseshoe Bend Park. Horseshoe Bend Park is a relaxing escape, with a playground and a great view of the Toccoa River. Fishing here is encouraged, and you can catch a glimpse of the train when it is running.

Relax in a cabin. Nothing is as relaxing as waking up to the peaceful sounds of the mountains. Grab a cup of Joe and hang out on the balcony of a luxurious cabin before you start your Blue Ridge adventure.

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Photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Outdoor Adventure in Blue Ridge, Ga

Ride the train. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway might be our families favorite mountain adventure! See the leaves of fall, visit with Santa on the Polar Express, or watch spring break forth all from the rails. The open-air car is a sure bet for fun!  The fall train is one of the best adventures in the state.

Zip through the trees. 165 acres – 13 zip lines – 50 obstacles – an 80-ft free fall tower…what’s not to love about this adventure mecca in the mountains? You need to be able to reach 70 inches (65 for the youth level tour) to play at Blue Ridge Aerial Adventure Park.

Earn your trout badge. Blue Ridge is the Trout Capital of Georgia, so don’t miss the oppty to do some fishing and hiking. And don’t be fooled – the Trout Adventure Tour is a Top 10 winter time adventure! We especially love these teaching points. When you hike, you are eligible for a free Adventure Patch!

Camp the wilderness. There are a number of places to camp in Blue Ridge, but our favorites include Three Forks and Swinging Bridge.

Take on the Ocoee River. Half and full-day trips available for kids as young as 7 years old. Tubing also available. Find more info here about Rolling Thunder and other white water rafting locations.

Fly through the air circus style. Try your hand at the flying trapeze with Cirque Fit Trapeze. The class trapeze overlooks beautiful Lake Blue Ridge.

Take an aerial tour. Looking for the perfect way to see Blue Ridge? Try it from 500 feet in the air! Blue Ridge Helicopters tours (for two people) start as low as $45 per person and go up from there.

Catch the big one. Let an experienced Blue Ridge local take you to the best fishing spots for trout and bass with a Get Hooked Fishing Guided Tours. Private and public water tours available. (Get your fishing license secured before you call!)

Drive a tank. Drive a tank, crush a car, wrestle an excavator – or give your kids the ultimate birthday party. Tank Town USA offers a heavy metal experience

Mountain Bike Aska Trails. 17 miles are yours to explore, with trails ranging from 30 min long to 5-hours – beginner to strenuous.

Explore the river. The Toccoa River Canoe Trail is an adventurous way to explore the river. From Deep Hole to Sandy Bottoms is just under 14 miles. This is not guided – you’ll need someone to pick you up, and you;ll need to head to an outfitter for a canoe if you don’t have one.

Blue Ridge Swinging Bridge

Hikes and Waterfalls in Blue Ridge, Ga

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. Take a hike over this 250-ft suspension bridge. You can even camp below on the water’s edge. This is one of our families favorite places to adventure in Blue Ridge.

The USFS built this 270-ft long swinging bridge in the 1970s. It is the longest swinging bridge this side of the Mississippi. You can explore the bridge and surrounding areas any number of ways…our family took the easy route, driving there by car. We drove the three-mile Forestry Service Road (which is pretty rough and took about 20 minutes) to the parking lot, where we walked .25 miles to the bridge. I recommend setting your odometer because the terrain makes it difficult to judge how far you’ve come.  We have an old beat-up mini van, so it isn’t so horrible that it takes a Jeep. I wouldn’t bring your new Mercedes, though. {smile}

If you’re a little more adventurous, park in a secondary location (see the website) for a gorgeous 7 mile hike.  Finally, the way that I CAN’T WAIT to take advantage of the swinging bridge…you can camp here! It’s primitive camping; first come; first served.

Jacks River Falls Trails. Jacks River is a difficult 9 mile round trip hike along the water. It’s not for beginners or kiddos, so leave them at home…but do hike this Cohutta Wilderness Trail for a glorious waterfall and Fall hiking adventure.

Long Creek Falls. Long Creek is just under two miles and not too difficult. Our boys made it just fine. It’s located at Three Forks, which is an idyllic camping location.

Fall Branch Falls. This is a great family-friendly hike. Even young kiddos can make it to at least the lower falls section. We love the seclusion offered here.

Sea Creek Falls. You’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get to this area, but if you’ve got one, use it!

Hike The Appalachian Trail. Ok – so you can’t hike the whole thing…but you can start! Did you know that Springer Mountain is located in Fannin County (home of Blue Ridge.)

Benton MacKaye Trail. Blue Ridge, GA is the official Benton MacKaye Trail Town in Georgia. You can catch the trail at Springer Mtn where it intersects with the AT.

Photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Shop, Eat & Drink in Blue Ridge, Ga

Grumpy Old Men Brewing. You guessed it, it’s run by two (old?) retired guys who love beer. Hop in for tastings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours. Get the locals’ perspective on where to eat and drink. Each tour is about 3 hours long, with 5-6 stops along the way.

Hucks General Store. My boys love a stop here every time we are in Blue Ridge. Old-fashioned barrels of candy fill the front, and toys are in the back – with a view of the train.

L&L Beanery. The best grits in Georgia, hands down. They also make a mean latte and my boys adore the happy-face pancakes for breakfast. Yes, we come all the way here several times a year just for breakfast…always worth it. (L&L is currently closed but will be opening again soon. We’ll keep you posted!)

Chocolate Express. Gourmet chocolate? Yes please! It’s hand-dipped – and Blue Ridge’s only location for handmade fudge.

Canoe with help from Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters. Family-run business offering rentals for Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrellas, Fishing Poles, and Tubes.  Make a stop before you head to the lake.

Blue Ridge Cellars. We love the tasting room here. Try beer or wine (or both!) with a salame and cheese board – love the baked brie. Kid-friendly.

The Vine of Blue Ridge. Ready to sample wines from all around Georgia? The Vine offers this (and beers) with salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Local wine tastings are offered daily.

The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge. The Sweet Shoppe of the South’s heartfelt campaign “Eat Sweet, Be Kind”, serves as the company’s platform for anti-bullying. The Sweet Shoppe was included in GA’s 100 Top Plates Locals Love and was also the winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2014, and their cupcakes and handmade candies are incredible.

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. The best river-side view for dining – ANYWHERE. We love drinking a glass of wine on the back porch overlooking the river. It’s especially beautiful at night. The stuffed trout is divine.

Blue Ridge Olive Oil Tasting. Taste olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.

 

Santa Train Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Festivals in Blue Ridge

Christmas in Blue Ridge. Don’t miss the BRSR holiday train excursions, Light Up Blue Ridge and the Holiday Art Show.

Blue Ridge Fall FestA wonderful place to grab early holiday gifts from local artisans.

Ride the Rails Festival. A September train even your little ones will love.

Troutfest and Outdoor Adventures. Come see what the best trout fishing is all about!

6 Comments on "50+ Best Adventurous Things To Do in Blue Ridge, Ga"

  1. Cecile Cribbs | 10/15/2016 at 2:02 pm | Reply

    Please give me address of Mercer Orchards. Need for my GPS.

  2. Blue Ridge, Georgia is such an awesome destination for families with the train, the unique one-of-a-kind shops and the great eats!

  3. Best coffee in Blue Ridge is at Das KaffeeHaus on E Main. It is a must when visiting Blue Ridge. Oh and you should see the cakes and authentic German Apple Strudel. Yum!

  4. You should mention that the hike to Long Creek Falls is on the Appalachian Trail. Also, visit Hickory Flats Cemetery, about a mile and a half past Long Creek.

  5. For sure you need to add Golf at Old Toccoa Farm. Beautiful and challenging golf course.

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