Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
If you’ve taken a ride already, you know just how magical it is. We recommend the 4-hour excursion aboard an open-air car for the best views. The layover in McCaysville leaves time for lunch at Burra Burra, crafting a basket at Pic ‘N Vine, and taking a family picture on the “blue line” while standing in two states at once.
Get wet at The Ocoee Whitewater Center
See the canoe slalom venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics – the only in-river course ever used in the Olympics for slalom. While you’re there, go for a hike on the Old Copper Road Trail or dip your toes in the water. Come back in the summer for rafting!
Ride horses through the forest
One of our favorite family activities in the area is horseback riding. There are several options in the area, like Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides for pony rides for the littlest of kiddos or Appalachian Trail Rides for a full Cowboy/Cowgirl Dinner Ride. Not sure about riding a horse? Step back in time and enjoy a western style carriage ride in the country in an authentic horse drawn 1800’s carriage with Daffodil Hill Farm & Carriage.
Catch a birds-eye view with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours
Blue Ridge never looked so good! Enjoy Lake Blue Ridge like you’ve never seen her, or take a longer helicopter tour over Mercier, Downtown or the entire Copper Basin-Toccoa River area.
Throw a bullseye at Axe Throwing Therapy
You against the kids…and the scoring here is digital, so there’s no cheating allowed! Bring your own food, or even have food delivered. Adult beverages available for purchase. Kids must be 13+.
Show your colors with Blue Ridge Paintball
Imagine 2+ acres of field, eight digitized game modes, and loads of fun! Capture the Flag, VIP, Domination and more – all interactive on the field. Kids must be 10+.