Welcome to Spring in Georgia's Blue Ridge & the Copper Basin!
Welcome visitors and part time residents to Blue Ridge, McCaysville and the Copper Basin for your spring getaway! Spring is the time for brilliant green forests and vistas, blooming dogwoods, wild azaleas, wildflowers, warmer days and chilly evenings. Mountain vacation rentals are perfect as a home base for spring adventures, bonfires and outdoor cookouts. Blue Ridge and McCaysville are open for business, with lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy.
You can have a special and safe escape to the mountains by following the same precautions that you practice at home. You will find that some businesses and attractions require face coverings, like our visitor centers, but we do not have a mask mandate in Georgia, Blue Ridge and Fannin County. We are encouraging visitors and locals to please continue to wear a face covering in appropriate settings.
Traveling in Georgia
Find current information about travelling in Georgia from Explore Georgia at this link: Covid-19 Travel Information.
Read the most current copy of Governor Brian Kemp's emergency orders on the Governor's webpage.
Covid 19 is currently declining in Georgia and in Blue Ridge and the Copper Basin, as vaccination becomes more common. The CDC recommends that we continue to wear face coverings and maintain a safe distance from others in closed settings.
Restaurants are open for indoor seating at half capacity, but it's a good idea to check in advance; there are still some restaurants with modified hours. There is no longer a party maximum for the number of people who can sit together inside a restaurant, but tables are spaced six feet apart. Workers at restaurants are required to wear face coverings when interacting with guests, and local restaurants are following both CDC and Safe Serve practices. Check with individual restaurants for open hours.
Trip Planning - Local Attractions
- The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is open and running every weekend.
- Other local attractions, like Mercier Orchards, horseback riding and guided fishing are open and perfect for distancing in the great outdoors. Most water sports attractions are seasonal and may be unavailable in spring, so plan ahead.
- The Chamber's Visitor Centers in Blue Ridge at 152 Orvin Lance Drive, and in McCaysville, 53 North Market Street, are open with limited hours in McCaysville. The Caboose Visitor Center in downtown Blue Ridge, is open on weekends for self service.
- Georgia State Parks are open.
- Most of the Chattahoochee National Forest trail heads, recreation areas and waterfalls are open.
- Follow this link for a message from the US Forest Service. To keep up with the status of trail closures and openings: Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest
- The Ocoee Whitewater Center trails are back open with great trails that follow the river as well as the Chilhowee Recreation Day Use Area.
Stay Safe and Recreate Responsibly!
Nature's bounty is plentiful in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Here are some important practices to put in place while enjoying these outdoor resources.
1. Plan Ahead
2. Stick to Trails
3. Manage your Pets
4. Leave no Trace
5. Respect other Visitors
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Trash your Trash!