There are so many things for people of all ages to explore and discover in Blue Ridge Georgia! Some of your endless options include shopping, dining, hiking, fishing, family fun, and so much more.
If you adventure downtown, you will find the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This train ride starts its journey at the historic Blue Ridge Depot and makes its way along the beautiful Toccoa River to its destination in McCaysville. McCaysville is an adjacent and historic small town with its own mountain charm and character.
After you are done exploring McCaysville, don’t forget to catch your ride back to downtown Blue Ridge for even more fun! Just a short drive from downtown, you will find Mercier Orchards another tourist spot you definitely don’t want to miss! Mercier Orchards is a family farm that has been around for 65 years and is the largest apple orchard in the Southeast and home of the best fried apple pies and fritters anywhere!
And did I mention, Southern Living Magazine named it their “favorite roadside apple market”, but it is so much more than that. Trust us, it’s worth the short trip! Now for some family fun, Blue Ridge has so much to offer! Whether you want to stay in and play at Cabby’s Cabin, hike to the nearby Benton MacKaye Trail, visit the Swan Drive-In theatre located in downtown for an amazing movie, the best thing is just spending time with your family and friends.
You can also take your kids on a Geocaching adventure. Just visit the Welcome Center for a copy of the Family Adventure Game and don’t forget to return back to claim a fun prize when you complete it!
And last but not least, we cannot forget to mention all of the amazing outdoor adventures that are waiting for you in Blue Ridge! With 106,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest in the county, Blue Ridge has limitless opportunities for outdoor adventures and fun! Check out one of the local waterfalls by hiking, float down the beautiful Toccoa River on a tube, or if you are extremely adventurous, go rafting down the thrilling Ocoee River.
Don’t forget to check out Lake Blue Ridge where you can rent a pontoon boat or a jet ski, and get your swim on at Morganton Point. Since Fannin County is the Trout Capital of Georgia, you’ll be able to finally catch that prized fish to show off to all of your friends!
There is just SO MUCH to explore and do in Blue Ridge Georgia and this isn’t even a fraction of it!
One of the best parts of vacation is eating the local food, and it is definitely an essential part of your vacation to the Blue Ridge mountains!
All of the local restaurants share a common theme for the historical town and they all produce different country flavors that just blend together perfectly to create an amazing dining experience for you! Here are a few of the culinary masterpieces you have to try while you are visiting: local Blue Ridge mountain trout, fresh barbeque, friend apple pies and fritters, biscuits, grits, and sausage gravy.
My stomach is rumbling just thinking about it! Lucky for you, Blue Ridge is becoming known as the Culinary Capital of the Mountains! Joe’s Barbeque was recently rated #1 Nationwide by Tripadvisor.com and The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2014.
Just to name a few more, Harvest on Main was listed as one of the Top 11 Best Restaurants Outside Atlanta and more recently, two Blue Ridge local restaurants were listed in Georgia Tourism’s 100 Plates Locals Love: Toccoa Riverside Restaurant for its local mountain trout, and The Sweet Shoppe (again!) for their delicious cupcakes and caramel pretzels. And for the true food lover, don’t forget to try Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours! It’s more than a restaurant, it’s a 3-hour guided walking tour, where you will experience a unique tasting adventure, discovering unique restaurants, food shops, and eateries while sampling delicious foods and beverages along the way!
We can’t forget to mention the Cabby’s favorite dining spot located in downtown Blue Ridge – Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill! Chester’s is a rustic American grill that has the most amazing Chili and pimento cheese dip! Yummy!
For a full list of the amazing restaurants located in Blue Ridge follow this link!