Find Girl Power in the Great Outdoors

Shoot, fish, shop and spa--Blue Ridge, Georgia, is the ultimate getaway for the girls.

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Girls just want to have fun - and adventures! The saying is true and making the truth a reality is just as close as  Blue Ridge, Georgia, about 90 minutes north of Atlanta via Interstate 575. Bring your sense of adventure, your hiking shoes, your girls (and your shotgun)! 

Fish and shoot

Noontootla Creek Farms is a 1200 acre beautiful private preserve in southern Fannin County that gives your group the chance to fish for trophy trout (guided of course) and shoot sporting clays after. Start the morning with fly fishing guided by the NCF staff, and expect to catch a rainbow or brown trout from the stocked waters of Noontootla Creek. Bring a picnic lunch! Later enjoy a competitive round of clay shooting in a sport frequently referred to as "Golf with Shotguns."  Noontootla offers 12 shooting stations, some with amazing mountain views, for a total of 100 targets. 

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Take a hike

Hike to local waterfalls on forested trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest--without making a dent in the budget. Find a hiking map here. Restock picnic supplies at Chester's Provisions (733 East Main Street), which features unique food and beverages, including craft beers and wine, as well as an assortment of entertainment accessories. Gear up at Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters (500 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia), a full service outfitter store offering premier brands in the outdoor industry. 

Ride a bike

For a different experience, check out Pedego Electric Bikes (257 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia) with rentals that feature pedal assist, as well as options for guided tours. Enjoy one of the trails they suggest along the Toccoa River or by Lake Blue Ridge without wearing yourself out.

It's time to relax!

When it's time to relax, splurge on soothing massage therapy, holistic facials or therapeutic body treatments during a spa day at Teatrees Boutique Spa (3293 East First Street). Nearby, Serenity in the Mountains (59 McKinney Road) was rated one of the "10 best value spas in the country" in Rachael Ray's magazine. Try the tree house suites for a spa treatment with heightened perspective and the newly opened Himalayan salt cave, which provides a peaceful area to detox and rejuvenate.

You can't go to Blue Ridge without shopping!

Find the perfect memento to memorialize your getaway with a shopping trip to downtown retailer like Canoe (624 East Main Street) where Lynn Kemp showcases wearable art,  Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company (511 East Main Street, Suite 100) which hosts a gourmet selection of more than 65 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegars and  High Country Art and Antiques (715 East Main Street) for traditional and impressionist fine art, folk art, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, antiques and collectibles. 

Seeking reasons to stay? Try these additional outdoor adventures.

For accommodations complete with kitchens, choices include lodges with stunning mountain views, creek-side hideaways, riverfront fishing lodges, cabins on the lake, cozy cabins, hotels and resorts--which range in price from $100 to $1,000 per night. Visit www.BlueRidgeMountains.com/where-to-stay for a complete listing.

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Katie Reeder
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