Top 5 Must Do Experiences in May 2018

Get outside into the beautiful outdoors in Blue Ridge, Georgia

The month of May in the mountains is when everything outdoors comes alive in a burst of new spring green. Clear mountain sunshine, wildflowers, endless vistas and tumbling waters abound in our area. You can hike to a perfect spot in the woods or spread out on the banks of the Toccoa River for a relaxing picnic. Or kayak down it! Downtown Blue Ridge is filled with great restaurants, live music and spring arts festivals and exhibitions. 

1. Kayak the Toccoa River - Spring rains make the river flow at its highest yearly levels. The float to McCaysville has multiple put-ins and trip lengths that allow for all levels of paddlers and the Toccoa River Canoe Trail suits wilderness enthusiasts (download map here). Rent equipment or take a tour from our list of great local water outfitters or bring your own boat and use our self-guided tours to find starting points and take-outs. 

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2. Appalachian Trail Hike to the Top of Springer Mountain - Fannin County is the starting point of the famous Appalachian Trail, and a relatively short hike leads you to the trail terminus on Springer Mountain. Download our free self-guided tour for detailed turn by turn directions to the parking area. The top of Springer rewards you with sweeping vistas of the surrounding area, especially nice in spring with all the new green.

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Georgia's Blue Ridge is surrounded by National Forest and hiking trails, and spring is a great time to get out into the wilderness to spot rare wildflowers blooming. Our self-guided map guides provide directions to trail access, including the Appalachian Trail, which begins right here. For a special treat, go for a waterfalls hike... spring rains make for the most spectacular waterfall experience of the whole year!

3. Have Dinner and a Show - Come to downtown Blue Ridge for a taste of our blossoming food, art, live music and local theater scene.  Great little restaurants serve up everything from fun food to contemporary southern to upscale casual fare. Then top it off with a performance at Blue Ridge Community Theater, live music at Blue Ridge Brewery or art at The Art Center, the SAAG Spring Art Show starts May 10th. 

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4. Go on a Scenic Drive. Georgia's Blue Ridge boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the southern USA. Our backroads through forests and along tumbling creeks are a great way to spend a day of exploring. Little churches, weathered barns, expansive rolling farms and peeks at natural scenes make it a photographer's paradise too! We make it easy with our free self-guided tours... download them, save or print them out.

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5. Spring Arts in the Park Festival. Featuring hundreds of artists, food, and fun activities for the whole family. For 41 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association has provided a unique art experience through our Arts in the Park festival series in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. Whether your travel plans are in the spring or in the fall, these art festivals are fun for the whole family. 

Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27, 2018

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Chip Cipcic
Blue Ridge Georgia Tourism

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