Seven Ways to Avoid the Crowds in Blue Ridge (Beyond Hiking)

Summer vacation looks a little different nowadays, but it should still be filled with fun and adventure. Blue Ridge is the ultimate destination, and if you select your activities with forethought you can holiday here safely and responsibly–without sacrificing any enjoyment! Here are seven social distance friendly activities to jumpstart your vacation planning.

Zip Lining
With limited group numbers and the clean, outdoor air, flying through the trees is a great way to spread your wings in Blue Ridge. Tackle obstacles and zips on a self-paced adventure. 

Where to go
Blue Ridge Adventure Park
Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Tubing on the Toccoa River

Tubing
Nothing says summer like a float down the river. Take in the scenery, splash your feet, and relax while soaking up some vitamin D. You’ll find options with bottoms at select locations (great for younger kids), and floats as long as six miles. Ahhh…six miles of sunshine and smiles sounds perfect.

Where to go
Toccoa River Tubing Company
Toccoa Valley Campground and Tubing
Toccoa Wilderness Tubing
Shallowford Bridge Tube Rental
Rolling Thunder River Company

Rafting
If the idea of being on the water sounds divine…but you are ready to take it up a notch, then head for the white caps. You’ll love white water rafting the Ocoee. Try the upper section, the lower section…or for a true adventure, gear up for both sections on one long ride.

Where to go
See our full list of recommendations here

Watching a Movie
Tune into some old-school fun on your FM dial at the drive-in theatre. While the play area is closed, the theatre, restrooms and concession stand are open. They’ve even changed the way cars are parked in order to accommodate adequate social distancing guidelines. Open weekends with a double feature. Cash only.

Where to go
Swan Drive-In

Visiting an Orchard
Is there anything better than fresh, local fruit? Well, maybe ice cream or cobbler made from that fruit, right? Stop at the road-side store to grab what’s in season. While you’re there, make your way to the tasting room to sample ciders grown, pressed, fermented and bottled in Blue Ridge. 

Where to go
Mercier Orchards

Horseback Riding in Blue RIdge

Horseback Riding
Riding is a treat for families, couples or small groups of friends. Explore more terrain, see new and unique views of nature, and make a new (four-legged) friend. Even in the hot weather, trail rides in Blue Ridge are generally in the shade, making it a fun summer adventure.

Where to go
See our full list of recommendations here 

Electric Biking
If you are seeking a way to cover as much countryside as possible (without a saddle) then try an electric bike! Rent a bike for a self-guided adventure or take a tour to either Fall Branch Falls or Shallowford Bridge. Locks and helmets included!

Where to go
Pedego Electric Bikes

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