Blue Ridge is surrounded by special places for sightseeing and adventures in the tri-state area of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Within a 25 mile radius of Georgia's Blue Ridge there are so many things to discover... get out there and explore!
The Tennessee Overhill
Ducktown Basin Museum
Ducktown, Tenn. Tour the grounds of the historic Burra Burra Copper Mine and see exhibits on the mining heritage of the Copper Basin. (423) 496-5778.
Ocoee Whitewater Center
Ducktown, Tenn. Built for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom Races, the center includes the Olympic kayak course, native gardens, paved walkways, hiking and biking trails, pools of water for wading or feeding fish and more.
Ocoee Scenic Byway (Hwy 64/FS77)
Wind alongside the Ocoee River, one of America’s favorite whitewater rafting destinations. The panoramic view from the overlooks on Chilhowee Mountain is a favorite for photographers. (877-510-5765)
Hiwassee River Rail Adventures
Ride on a restored vintage passenger train to view the scenic Hiwassee River, Hiwassee River Gorge and famous Hiwassee Rail Loop. Half day trips to the loop and back and full day trips end in Copperhill, Tenn. Trains run from April through November. 877-510-5765
Murphy North Carolina Area
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino
Play the hottest new games at Harrah’s in Murphy. Favorite table games including blackjack, craps and roulette. Over 1,000 slot machines to choose from.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, N.C. A national resource for traditional mountain music, dance, art, crafts, nature, gardening and folk lore. John C. Campbell is “A School to Bring Folks Together,” with classes, concerts, contra dances and an annual Fall Festival. (828) 837-2775, www.folkschool.org.
Fields of the Woods
Murphy, N.C. A Bible park 18 miles west of Murphy, Fields of the Woods features Prayer Mountain, a gigantic Ten Commandments and more. (704) 494-7855.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Nantahala, N.C. Observe kayaking, rafting and canoeing on the Nantahala River at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Also a stop for Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (Bryson City, N.C.)
Nearby in the Georgia Mountains
Apple Orchard Alley
Gilmer County’s apple orchards are spread across this picturesque valley along Georgia Hwy. 52.
Fort Mountain State Park
Gorgeous mountain scenery and a mysterious rock wall are the main attractions at this 3,712 acre state park between Ellijay and Chatsworth. Mountain biking trails, swimming beach, camping and cabins. In Ellijay take Hwy 282 over the mountain to Chatsworth.
Blairsville Farmer’s Market
Located on Hwy 515, the outdoor market is the place to meet the locals and enjoy the freshest local produce, honey, baked goods and arts and crafts. Open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 706-781-8802. ucfarmesmarket.com
Grandaddy Mimms Distillery
Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery offers authentic moonshine, based on the Mimm’s recipe from the 1930’s. You will be able to taste Grandaddy Mimm’s corn whiskey, apple brandy, apple brown betty and peach cobbler moonshine. Located on Hwy. 19/129 out of Blairsville.
Rising 4,784 feet above sea level is Georgia’s tallest mountain. Its incredible 360 degree view allows you to see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. Take a ride on the Brasstown National Scenic Byway. Hike or drive to the top. 706-896-4137. www.cfaia.org
Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center
The Reece Farm, located on Hwy 19/129 between Blairsville and Vogel State Park. Take in the history of early Appalachian living from a famous farmer and poet’s history and childhood home. 706-745-2034. Byronherbertreecesociety.org
Vogel State Park
One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful 22-acre mountain lake with beach and paddleboard rentals. Also see Tralyta Falls near the park’s entrance. Highway 19/129 outside Blairsville.
Young Harris – Hiawassee
Young Harris College and Rollins Planetarium
Visit the beautiful campus of Young Harris College. See the planetarium and art gallery. 706-379-3111.
Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Situated on 503 acres, Brasstown Valley Resort offers dining, spa services, 18-hole championship golf and more. 706-379-9900.
Spend some time boating, skiing, fishing or camping on the waters of Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee. 706-396-4966. Golakechatuge.com
Memory Lane Car Museum
Enjoy an incredible private collection. Stroll through the museum and enjoy cars from the past nine decades.
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA. Home of the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden, annual Bluegrass Festival, Georgia Mountain Fair and many other concerts throughout the year. The fairgrounds and campground are located on beautiful Lake Chatuge in Towns County Georgia in the north Georgia mountains. (706) 896-4191.
Amicalola Falls State Park
Visitors will discover spectacular mountain vistas and the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitor center, restaurant and gift shops. Follow Hwy 52 from Ellijay to the intersection with Hwy 53 toward Dahlonega. 706-265-4703
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
Located in the old county courthouse, the museum tells the story of America’s first gold rush. Also in Dahlonega, pan for gold at the Consolidated Gold Mine (706) 864-8473 or Crisson Gold Mine (706) 864-6363.
North Georgia Wildlife Park & Zoo
This popular attraction has a drive-through zoo and petting farm. Open Daily. To see special events and activities, visit northgeorgiazoo.com or call 706-348-7279.
Babyland General Hospital
Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, it’s the only place in the world where you can adopt your very own cabbage patch baby. 706-865-2171 or visit cabbagepatchkids.com
Helen Alpine Village
Re-creation of an alpine village, nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Helen features over 200 specialty shops. Visit during Oktoberfest in September- October. (800) 858-8027.
A world class garden attraction with water features, seasonal showings and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. 770-893-1881