Blue Ridge Spring Break & Easter Bucket List

Book your Spring Break and Easter getaways! Check out this bucket list of top picks for spring outings with the family.

Toccoa River Rapids on Aska Road


Rent a cabin or luxury vacation home for the whole family. There will be lots of opportunities for family fun -- cookouts, fire pits with s'mores, and more. To check out the options, click here.


1. Take a scenic drive on Aska Road for beautiful views of the Toccoa River Rapids. Cross the historic Shallowford Bridge over the Toccoa to Sandy Bottoms Canoe Launch, for an up close view of the river. The perfect place for a family picnic. Here's a link to our driving tours.

2. Hike to Falls Branch Falls, where the upper portion is a series of cascades that lead to a single major drop of some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a deep pool at the base of the falls. Find out more about our local waterfalls here.

3. Go horseback riding at Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides (319 Hell's Hollow Road). Also onsite, kids will love fishing in the pond, riding ponies, gem mining and wandering the nature trail. Appalachian Trail Rides, in addition to horseback riding, offers up pony rides for your Little Buckeroo's 5 and under. You can also arrange a picnic ride from some of these of them. Check out other horseback riding companies in the area such as Blanche Manor.

4. Get hearts pounding with two feet off the ground at Blue Ridge Adventure Park, featuring an obstacle challenge course in the air with suspended bridges, tight ropes, climbing walls, ziplines and other fun obstacles for every age and ability (2087 East First Street). Reservations required.

5. Catch a movie the old-fashioned way at The Swan Drive-In (651 Summit Street), one of Georgia's four remaining drive-ins. Established in 1955, the Swan Drive-in features a full concession stand, including funnel cakes and fried Oreos.

Candy, Old-Time Games & Unique Toys at Hucks General Store

6. Ride the Blue Ridge Railway (241 Depot Street) and chugga-chug down the 13-miles of rails comprising the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The 45-minute (each way) excursion is a generation-bonding adventure that starts at the historic 1905 depot in Downtown. Vintage climate-controlled rail cars or open air rail cars host more than 80,000 passengers each year for a ride that winds alongside the Toccoa River, with a stop in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee. Copperhill/McCaysville is one town with two names because it is split by the GA/TN state line, where visitors have a two hour layover with plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream or walk around. Get your picture taken with one foot in each state!

7. Go gem mining, fishing, take a hike or play a round of mini-golf, all at Blue Ridge's destination for family fun--The Lilly Pad Village, (24 Adelaide Drive). Pets are welcome, too. For indoor fun visit 2nd Story Entertainment with their unique 18 hole mini-golf course, they also have arcade  games, drinks and ice cream.

8. Take a farm tour of Mercier Orchards (8660 Blue Ridge Drive) and stock up the cabin with fried pies, fresh veggies and fruits. Merciers is a family-owned and -operated, primarily apple, orchard. The must-see Blue Ridge attraction will reward your senses with bushels of apples, strawberries and other produce, fresh pressed cider, warm fried pies--but, most importantly, memories. Started back in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier. Mercier Orchards is now celebrating more than 70 years of fruitful harvests. Beyond apples, their onsite store serves up a variety of farm toys, pet items, kitchen paraphernalia, home decor and is host to a meat and cheese shop. Visit the tasting room, offering hard ciders and wines, including locally-produced varieties.

9. 25 Fun Things to Do with Kids!  Hiking, Catch a Fish, Explore the Ocoee Whitewater Center and many more ideas.  Download the Kids Adventure Game its a fun activity the whole family can participate in.  Find all of our trout statues scattered around town while you play the Trout Art Trail Kids Game

10. Take the kids to Huck's General Store. Step back in time with an authentic general store experience in downtown Blue Ridge, complete with barrels of candy from yesteryear. 500 E Main Street.


1. Blue Ridge Mountain Bar-B-Q: For unbeatable BBQ and Brunswick Stew, including yummy smoked chicken salad, seek them out! (3870 East 1st Street).

2. Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta Factory: Find everything you need for a family-pleasing feast, including hand-tossed pizzas, fresh, daily-made pastas, salads and more at  (140 Progress Circle).

3. Masseria Kitchen and Bar: Sink your teeth into handmade pizza and pastas, alongside oven roasted chicken, fish and vegetables.  (67 Roberts Way), serving lunch and dinner.

4.Burra Burra on the River: Dine indoors or enjoy dining on the deck along the river,  Great burgers, wings, chicken fingers, salads and so much more.  After lunch or dinner take a stroll over to the state line and get your picture made with a foot in each state! 

5. Mystic Mountain Pizza: They are known as "Blue Ridge, Georgia's  Grooviest Pizza Parlor". Fun family atmosphere, video games, pool table, great pizza's made in their oak-fired brick ovens. Gourmet hot dogs, wings and desserts. 

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