Historic Discovery Self-Guided Tours

History Lover

Georgia’s Blue Ridge has plenty of Appalachian heritage and historic areas to discover.

The town of Blue Ridge was founded in 1886, when the Marietta and Northern Railroad came to Fannin County. The rail line at Blue Ridge, with an altitude of 1,751 feet, was reported to be the highest in Georgia at that time; Fannin County was called “the Switzerland of the South” in promotional brochures. 

Learn about historic buildings in Downtown Blue Ridge by following our Historic Blue Ridge Walking Tour map guide (link below). 

Board the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway mid-morning and experience first hand what passenger rail service was like in the old days. The train operates with period railroad engines and cars, following the Toccoa River as it winds its way to McCaysville. Here you disembark and have lunch, do a little shopping and see the GA/TN line marker where the towns of McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn. meet. You can stand with one foot in Georgia and the other foot in Tennessee at the same time! 

For an old-time fun evening, go to Blue Ridge’s Swan Drive-In, one of the last five drive-in theaters in Georgia. Or take a picnic to Horseshoe Bend Park and enjoy some foot tappin’ Appalachian bluegrass music at Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park.