Last Chance Summer Bucket List

There's a lot of sunny warm weather left in Blue Ridge GA this summer. Here are some 'don't miss' summer activities you can still get into!

  1. Go paddle boarding on Lake Blue Ridge
  2. Tube down the Toccoa River
  3. Go Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River
  4. Go on a scenic drive in mountain beauty
  5. Have a picnic in Horseshoe Bend Park
  6. Hike to a cool waterfall
  7. Catch an evening live music show 
  8. Do Sunday Brunch at The Black Sheep
  9. Catch Thursday evening Pickin' in the Park
  10. Hike to the start of The Appalachian Trail

Go paddle boarding on Lake Blue Ridge
One of the great things about Lake Blue Ridge is that it's accessible to everyone. From the beach at Morganton Point to the many boat landings (free map here) to the Lake Blue Ridge Day Use Area or the pretty and secluded Lake Blue Ridge Dam Recreation Area, there are plenty of spots to enjoy the pristine emerald green waters. For something different and more adventurous, here's an idea for you... rent a paddle board! It's a peaceful and fun way to get on the water, and our outfitters' list has all the places to make your reservation.

Tube down the Toccoa River
There's nothing more chill than a float down the Toccoa River on a tube. Blue Ridge has plenty of places to arrange for a trip, and the outfitters take care of every detail. Click here for more information on booking your float today, and beat that summer heat!

Go Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River
Few adventures are more thrilling than a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. Home of the Summer Olympics, the Ocoee is one of the most spectacular whitewater rivers in the entire Southeastern USA. Our list of rafting guides gives you plenty of ways to book a trip.

Go on a scenic drive in mountain beauty
Our Self-Guided Tours make it easy to plan out the perfect summer scenic drive. And Blue Ridge has plenty in the surrounding countryside. From scenic farmscapes to long mountain views, to shady spots along the river, you can find every kind of scenic landscape:

Have a picnic in Horseshoe Bend Park
Horseshoe Bend Park is the perfect getaway for an afternoon picnic, family BBQ, fishing, or just relaxing in the calm surroundings. Located right on the Toccoa River, it's a place to cool off during the heat of the end of summer.

Hike to a cool waterfall
Georgia's Blue Ridge is surrounded by spectacular waterfalls. A hike to a mountain cascade has all the rewards of a hiking adventure with a cool, misty spot as your destination. Click here for our guide to area falls.

Catch an Evening Live Music Show
The Blue Ridge music scene keeps getting better and better. Have dinner at one of our great local restaurants then catch some of the varied music at a local hot spot. Check out our Events Calendar to plan an evening of fun at a local venue. 

Do Sunday Brunch at The Black Sheep 
Make sure to make reservations at this popular place for Sunday Brunch. The Black Sheep has plenty of outdoor patio space and even live music during summer brunches. Spend some time hanging our with locals and visitors under the big trees at Black Sheep.

Catch Thursday Evening Pickin' in the Park
Pickin' in the Park is a local music tradition going on all summer long. The perfect outdoor setting on Thursday nights, right on the Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park,  brings local bluegrass musicians together from 6pm until dusk.

Hike to the start of The Appalachian Trail
One of the most famous hiking trails in the world begins right here in Georgia's Blue Ridge. You can hike to the start of it on Springer Mountain for breathtaking views, or hike portions of it all through Fannin County. The beauty of the area at Three Forks is a good starting place for an unforgettable late summer adventure. Get our Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide here.

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Chip Cipcic
Blue Ridge Georgia Tourism

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