Things to do in Blue Ridge Georgia
If you're coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the first time, you may be pleasantly surprised at the amount of fun and interesting things there are to do around Blue Ridge, Ellijay and Jasper. Come experience Appalachian scenery, apple orchards and southern hospitality at its finest. Here’s a few of our favorite things to do. We hope you enjoy your stay and learn why folks want to retire in Georgia.
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN KAYAKING - 2650 East First Street, Suite 15, Blue Ridge, GA 37137 Phone: 706-258-2411
Whether you choose the Toccoa River or 3300-acre Lake Blue Ridge, you'll get to enjoy some of the best views and fishing in the mountains of Georgia. Both trips provide ample opportunity to enjoy the scenery, swim, or fish for Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Bluegill. Trip times vary based upon the current water level. You must call ahead, because all trips are by reservation only.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN TRAIL RIDES - 319 Hells Hollow Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-408-7433
Don't let the name scare you away! This fantastic ranch provides safe and fun outdoor family adventures with a breathtaking view of the Cohutta Mountains. Horseback riding is extremely therapeutic: Connect with these wonderful animals for an outing you'll remember for a lifetime.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY - 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30531 Phone: 800-934-1898
Another great family outing, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway originates at the historic depot, in downtown Blue Ridge. During a four-hour trip you'll travel 26 miles along the Toccoa River in either vintage climate-controlled or open-air railcars, to and from the nearby towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. A two-hour layover in McCaysville/Copperhill allows ample of time to eat and shop or take a walk across the old bridge in town to view the river and enjoy the local wildlife.
Hours of Operation: Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
FANNING BREWING COMPANY - 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-258-2762
The award-winning Fannin Brewing Company's beers are on tap in numerous restaurants. And has a tasting room too. You’ll want to call ahead to ensure the best experience, especially if you have a large group.
Hours of Operation: Open to the public on Sunday 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
FORT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - 181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705 Phone: 706-422-1932
If you enjoy hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, you'll love the trails here, which wind through gorgeous hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, across streams and around a placid lake. There is also a stone fire tower and a mysterious 855-foot-long ancient rock wall at the mountain's peak. The wall is believed to have been constructed by early natives as protection against more hostile tribes or possibly for ancient ceremonies.
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., 7 days a week
LAKE BLUE RIDGE MARINA - 335 Marina Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-632-2618
A full-service marina, Lake Blue Ridge offers everything you need. Buy a new or used vessel, rent a pontoon boat, launch your own watercraft, gas up, and stock your supplies for a great day fishing or just lounging on the lake.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday.
LONG CREEK FALLS - Fannin County, Blue Ridge, GA
This is a journey of nearly two miles that provides an easy-to-moderate path along the combined Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye, Sec. I and the Duncan Ridge Trail. Culminating in a spectacular waterfall whose flow remains strong even in midsummer.
MERCIER ORCHARDS - 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-632-3411
A family-owned and operated apple orchard started in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier, Mercier Orchards has U-PICK events, a Bakery & Deli, a Market Store, and a Winery. Current crops include apples, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, and strawberries. Folks who retire in Georgia consider Mercier Orchards a staple in family fun.
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
OUT OF THE BLUE - 647 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-258-2750
If you're looking for a special gift, look no further than this quaint shop in the Historic District of downtown Blue Ridge. From custom gourmet gift baskets, made-to-order and loaded with fine wines as well as foods from all over the world to exquisite décor pieces and home goods, you're sure to find something here that anyone would like.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Closed on Sunday.
SWAN DRIVE-IN THEATER - 651 Summit St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-632-5235
Entertaining patrons since 1955 and open year-round with first-run movies, the Swan is one of only four drive-in theaters still in operation in the state of Georgia. Showtimes vary, but call ahead to find out.
BLUE RIDGE CANOPY ADVENTURE - 319 Hell's Hollow Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-946-1010
Blue Ridge's original zip line company has the only available mountainside canopy tour. Take a treetop tour at their 125-acre Adventure Outpost in Hell's Hollow. Before your adventure, all guests participate in a short and quick but informative safety lesson. This introduces everyone to proper zip line etiquette and all the safety regulations of the tour. Based on availability, zip line guests can also take a scenic horseback ride before or after their tour.
Hours of Operation: Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Closed Monday and Tuesday.
WHITEPATH GOLF COURSE - 1156 Shenendoa Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540 Phone: 706-276-3080
Enjoy a beautiful, challenging 18-hole mountain golf course which is open to the public, although memberships are also available. There is also a driving range and practice green, and while adult beverages are permitted, you’ll have to bring your own: they don't sell any alcohol on the premises.
Thanks for checking out our list of fun things to do in North Georgia helpful, and we hope that you find Ellijay, Blue Ridge and Jasper to be friendly, exciting, and interesting. Bookmark this page if you plan to retire in Georgia, and you’ll always have a list of outdoor activities handy.