Fall Colors With a Twist

There are so many ways to experience fall in the north Georgia Mountains. Here are some unusual experiences that make it all the more special, only in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Experience!

Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours

There’s hardly any place on Earth more beautiful than Blue Ridge, Georgia. Rolling mountain vistas, a scenic train route, gorgeous lakes and tumbling waters, what’s not to love? Believe it or not, Blue Ridge gets even more beautiful when viewed from the air with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours! Take a beautiful aerial adventure through the fall colors that you’ll never forget. Book a trip!

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Trips & Fall Leaf Excursions

Starting at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, riders take a four-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the North Georgia countryside. The first leg of the adventure takes riders on a one hour trip to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, nestled deep in the mountains on each state’s line. Passengers enjoy all the towns have to offer during a two-hour layover before taking the one-hour return trip through the scenic forest and back to the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Schedule your trip!

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Walk the Orchard at Mercier Orchards

Unfortunately, due to a staff shortage and a harsh freeze in April, Mercier Orchards is not offering Apple U-Pick this year as in previous years. However, you are welcome to walk in the orchard with your family on weekends. They ask that guests do not walk in the orchard on weekdays as crews are out working in the orchard Monday through Friday. They also ask that you do not drive into the orchard. If you come across an apple that catches your eye, you are welcome to pick it but they ask that you only pick ONE. Please be sure to leave the rest to make sure other families have the same opportunity to enjoy Mercier Orchards.

Discovery Hikes on the Benton Mackaye Trail

Blue Ridge is a designated BMT Trail Town. The BMT traverses 81.8 miles in Georgia and 205.8 miles in Tennessee / North Carolina. This includes 93 miles in the Smokies, making it the longest trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With its glorious ridge line views and the innumerable crossings of mountain streams, the almost 300 mile long Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) comes by its reputation for beauty honestly. Also known for its remoteness, a third of the trail lies in Wilderness areas where vehicular access and motorized tools are prohibited. Here, the hiker finds true peace and solitude. The Benton MacKaye Trail Association and its comprehensive website provide information and planning tips to experience this incredible Blue Ridge hiking and backpacking trail.

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Fall Guided Fly Fishing in Blue Ridge

As the Fly Fishing Capital of Georgia, Blue Ridge is host to lots of expert guidance as to how and where to catch the big ones! Hire a local fly fishing guide to learn the art of casting and catching Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout in the gorgeous tumbling creeks and rivers in our area. Fall is an especially beautiful time. In downtown Blue Ridge you can also visit one of the world’s premier makers of custom fly rods, Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods. Here's a listing of our great guide services: Appalachian AnglersBig Ol’ Fish Guide ServiceBlue Ridge Fly Fishing SchoolCohutta Fishing CompanyFly Fish Blue RidgeHulsey Fly FishingKeepin’ It REEL,Lake Blue Ridge OutfittersNoontootla Creek FarmsNorth Georgia Trout FishingOn the Fly ExcursionsReel Angling AdventuresReel’em In Guide ServiceSoaring Eagle OutfittersToccoa River Outfitters

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Fall Forest Horseback Riding

Ambling through the Blue Ridge fall forests on the back of a powerful, amicable steed is one of the most unusual and unforgettable experiences you can have this autumn. Our many horseback riding outfitters provide all you need… well trained horses, tackle and safety equipment. See Blue Ridge beauty from the back of a horse and you’ll want to do it again and again! Get all the info on horseback riding in Georgia's Blue Ridge.

The Family Fun Adventure Game

Here’s a family activity that combines color with color! Fall color in a kid’s coloring book, that is. You can pick up copies of the Family Fun Adventure Game at our local visitor centers, or download one and print it out at home. Plus print out the individual coloring sheets for even more kid fun. Once you are in Blue Ridge, the Game is a fun learning and touring adventure for families, where you drive to scenic spots all around the area and teach kids about the natural environment and beauty that Blue Ridge is famous for.

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Chip Cipcic
Blue Ridge Georgia Tourism

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