Four Blue Ridge Experiences Your Family Will Remember Forever

by Guest Blogger Lesli Peterson of 365 Atlanta

Special family experiences kindle family bonds and create memories that last a lifetime. They are better than gifts (queue The Grinch) and come in every price range. Celebrating a birthday, special event or just another sunrise? Here are four ideas everyone will adore.

Take a Guided Fly Fishing Tour
Blue Ridge is Georgia’s trout fishing capital, so why not make the most of it! Enjoy a half-day guided fly fishing trip or a full-day float trip with one of the area's excellent fishing guides.

If you don’t own equipment and are not keen to rent it, some offer full service lake tours, with rods, flies and all your fishing needs.

Don’t forget; you need a Georgia fishing license before heading out with any tour guide unless you are fishing in a private pond.

Saddle a Horse & Sail through the Trees
What’s better than a day in the Cohutta Wilderness, exploring from the trails and from the sky? Spend an hour horseback riding over creeks and streams and wooded wonders. They also offer wagon rides, pony rides for the littlest cowboys and sunset rides for those uber special occasions.  Then, stretch your legs on a one hour Zipline Canopy Tour. 

Play in the Dirt Again
Remember when you were a kid, and you’d spend the day playing trucks in the mud? Re-live that excitement on a grand scale at Tank Town USA.  You and your passengers can feel the power of a genuine tank cranking through the mud. And if that’s not enough, pair it with the power of a 40,000-pound construction excavator. You can dig a huge hole and fill it back up again!

For the ultimate adventure, you and two passengers can skip right to the good stuff—driving a massive tank right over a car...crushing it from every angle!

Snooze Under the Stars
Looking for a low-key family escape? Try a primitive camping experience at Three Forks, along Noontootla Creek. Sites are private, easy to access via your car and covered in gorgeous Chattahoochee National Forest canopy.

You’ll want to arrive early for the best spots—you can’t make reservations here. And plan accordingly, as the only amenities you’ll find are a clearing for your tent, a campfire ring and a million forest friends. We love that you are only a two-mile (round-trip) hike from stunning Long Creek Falls

4 More Bonus Ideas
One adventure in Blue Ridge is never enough. Here are four bonus ideas for your family to enjoy!

Blue Ridge Treehouse. Spend the weekend in a genuine treehouse, complete with a gorgeous vineyard.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.  There is nothing as special as a ride on an open-air car through the Blue Ridge countryside.
Whitewater Rafting. What’s better than spending the day surfing the white caps of the Ocoee?
Nothing. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Come to the mountains, rent a cabin, linger here and wander there. Nothing will treat your soul quite like a breath of fresh mountain air.

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