50+ Best Adventurous Things To Do in Blue Ridge, Ga

There are so many things to do in the Blue Ridge, GA area! Our family loves to spend time here, enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling Toccoa River, and beautiful Lake Blue Ridge.

Read on for the best things to do in Blue Ridge, Georgia – a prized small town in Fannin County!

Relaxing Fun | Outdoor Adventure | Hiking & Waterfalls | Shop, Eat and Drink | Festivals

Relaxing Fun in Blue Ridge, Ga

Pick Fruit. Known for its apple orchard, Mercier Orchards is king of the North Georgia Mountains. Families can also pick strawberries and blueberries throughout the year. Head for a U-pick event, eat lunch at the Bakery & Deli, pick up goodies from the Market Store, and try a sample at the Farm Winery!

Watch a drive-in movie. Swan Drive-In is one of four drive-in theaters in the state of Georgia that is still operating – since 1955. Bring cash – no cards accepted!

Swim in Lake Blue Ridge.  Head to Morganton Point Recreation Area for simple, old-fashioned fun like camping, picnicking, boating, and hiking — all centered around beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. The boys love swimming here, too. Motorized boats welcome.

Rent a pontoon boat. Want to explore the water, but you don’t have a boat? Lake Blue Ridge Marina rents pontoons so you can lounge the day away on the lake.

Take the kids on a pony ride. This beautiful ranch offers fun outdoor family adventure where you can let your inner cowboy, cowgirl, or ‘lil buckaroo shine. Hells Hollow Adventure Outpost offers horseback riding on the trail, pony rides, a pony-go-round, fishing, gem mining, zip lining and more.

Mine for gems. Our kiddos had fun at The Lily Pad Village gem mining, playing mini golf, hiking, and fishing.

Tube the Toccoa. Yes, you can camp at Toccoa Valley Campground — but you also don’t want to miss six miles of tubing on the beautiful Toccoa River! The tubing starts mid-May and stops the week after Labor Day.

Play mini golf. Cohutta Cove Mini Golf offers mini golf and gem mining in the mountains.

Bike, the easy way. Looking to tour the city on a bike, but need a little extra help? Rent an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes for a trip around Lake Blue Ridge.

Take a Sunday drive. Head over to the Fannin County website for maps and directions of some of Blue Ridge’s best scenic driving tours. Restaurants, waterfalls, country drives, and more.

Visit the art galleries.  This mountain town is home to some great art galleries!  Turning Leaf features fine art by local artists, or if locally-made folk art is more your style, the Fat Raccoon Gallery is for you.  Multitudes Gallery features blown glass and more.  There’s something for every art lover in Blue Ridge.

Go Geocaching. Log onto Geocaching.com (or download the app), put in Blue Ridge’s zip code (30513) and find more than 250 geocaches in the area, plus some in a few unexpected places. Fannin County even lists their top caches for you! Not sure how to get started? Check out this post on geocaching.

Stand in two states at once in Downtown McCaysville. You can actually stand in two states at once if you have one foot on the Georgia side and the other on the Tennessee side! McCaysville is also a fun place for window shopping and catching views of the train.

Learn about trout. Tour the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery to see rainbow trout in their various life stages, hike the grounds, or even stay here on a camping excursion. Annual activities include the Family Fishing Festival and fishing rodeos. You can even fish in Rock Creek, which runs through the hatchery. Orvis has a great beginner class for fly-fishing!

Catch a play. Blue Ridge Community Theater offers play performances for adults and children, as well as live music productions. It’s a great way to introduce the kiddos to theater!

Track Bigfoot. Explore Bigfoot artifacts, exhibits, sketches and much more in the country’s biggest museum dedicated to Sasquatch — Expedition Big Foot. The museum is in Cherry Log, right outside Blue Ridge, but they have an outpost Downtown that you can also enjoy.

Take an Olympic tour. Explore the 1996 whitewater venue for the Summer Olympics — Ocoee Whitewater Center.  Now, visitors enjoy hiking or biking historic or forest trails, playing in the water, picnicking along the river, or strolling through the native gardens and walkways.

Picnic at Horseshoe Bend Park. Horseshoe Bend Park is a relaxing escape, with a playground and a great view of the Toccoa River. Fishing here is encouraged, and sometimes you can even catch a glimpse of the train!

Relax in a cabin. Nothing is as relaxing as waking up to the peaceful sounds of the mountains. Grab a cup of Joe and hang out on the balcony of a luxurious cabin before you start your Blue Ridge adventure.

Listen to live music. Blue Ridge Community Theater‘s Live Music is Better series is an excellent music option. The theater participates and collaborates with other organizations and supports the arts in the area. They use the resources of the theater to work with the Art Center in the Spring and Fall for Arts in the Park and for other special programs.

CREDIT: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Outdoor Adventure in Blue Ridge, Ga

Ride the train. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway might be our family’s favorite mountain adventure! See the leaves of fall, visit with Santa on the Polar Express, or watch spring break forth — all from the rails. The open-air car is a sure bet for fun!  The fall train is one of the best adventures in the state.

Zip through the trees. 165 acres – 13 zip lines – 50 obstacles – and an 80-ft free fall tower?  What’s not to love about this adventure mecca in the mountains?! You need to be able to reach 70 inches (65 for the youth level tour) to play at Blue Ridge Aerial Adventure Park.

Stay Overnight in a treehouse. This real treehouse was built by The TreeHouse Guys from DIY Network, and their impeccable craftsmanship and creativity shine! Stay with the kids, or enjoy a date night escape.

Earn your trout badge. Blue Ridge is the Trout Capital of Georgia, so don’t miss the opportunity to do some trout fishing and hiking. And don’t be fooled – the Trout Adventure Tour is a Top 10 winter time adventure! We especially love these teaching points. When you hike, you are eligible for a free Adventure Patch!

Camp the wilderness. There are a number of places to camp in Blue Ridge, but our favorites include Three Forks and Toccoa Swinging Bridge.

Take on the Ocoee River. Half and full-day trips available for kids as young as 7 years old. Tubing also available. Find more info here about Rolling Thunder and other white water rafting locations.

Drive a tank. Drive a tank, crush a car, or wrestle an excavator! Tank Town USA offers a true, heavy metal experience.

Mountain Bike Aska Trails. Seventeen miles are yours to explore, with mountain biking trails ranging from 30 min long to 5 hours, beginner to strenuous.

Explore the river. The Toccoa River Canoe Trail is an adventurous way to explore the river. From Deep Hole to Sandy Bottoms is just under 14 miles. This is not guided – you’ll need someone to pick you up, and you’ll need to head to an outfitter for a canoe if you don’t have one.

Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat. Relax at one of the many natural campsites found at Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat. Hike the trails, enjoy the beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forests, cool off in the nearby Toccoa River​, and sleep under the stars!

The women-focused space is a break from traditional “women-only” spaces.  You can also camp in the gender-mixed camp areas.  Kids under 8 (and pets) are free.

New to camping? For $45 they set up/take down camp for 1 to 2 with their rental gear, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy!

Hikes and Waterfalls in Blue Ridge, Georgia 

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. Take a hike over this 250-ft suspension bridge in the Chattahoochee National Forest. You can even camp below on the water’s edge. This is one of our family’s favorite places to adventure in Blue Ridge.

The USFS built this 270-ft long swinging bridge in the 1970s. It is the longest swinging bridge this side of the Mississippi. You can explore the bridge and surrounding areas any number of ways. Our family took the easy route — driving there by car!

We drove the 3-mile Forestry Service Road (which is pretty rough and took about 20 minutes) to the parking lot, where we walked .25 miles to the bridge. I recommend setting your odometer because the terrain makes it difficult to judge how far you’ve come.  We have an old beat-up mini van, so it isn’t so horrible that it takes a Jeep. I wouldn’t bring your new Mercedes, though. {smile}

If you’re a little more adventurous, park at the Benton MacKaye Trail’s parking area on Ga. Hwy. 60 and take the 3-mile trail (and 3 miles back) to the north end of the bridge.

Finally, the way that I CAN’T WAIT to take advantage of the swinging bridge — you can camp here! It’s primitive camping; first come, first served.

Jacks River Falls Trails. Jacks River is a difficult 9-mile round-trip hike along the water. It’s not for beginners or kiddos, so leave them at home, but do hike this Cohutta Wilderness Trail for a glorious waterfall.  It makes for a great fall hiking adventure.

Long Creek FallsLong Creek is just under two miles and not too difficult. Our boys made it just fine. It’s located at Three Forks, which is an idyllic camping location.

Fall Branch Falls. This is a great family-friendly hike. Even young kiddos can make it to at least the lower falls section. We love the seclusion offered here. It’s 1 mile up and back.

Sea Creek Falls. You’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get to this area, but if you’ve got one, use it! It’s gorgeous.

Hike The Appalachian Trail. OK, so you can’t hike the whole thing…but you can start! Did you know that Springer Mountain is located in Fannin County (home of Blue Ridge)?  It is!

Benton MacKaye Trail. Blue Ridge, GA is the official Benton MacKaye Trail town in Georgia. You can catch the trail at Springer Mountain where it intersects with the AT, or choose from several other trailheads in Fannin County. The 300-mile trail can take you all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you’re up for it!

Canoe with help from Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters. Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters is a family-run business offering rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, fishing poles, and tubes.  It’s the perfect place to stop before heading to the lake!

Shop, Eat & Drink in Blue Ridge, Ga

Trout Art Trail. Want to explore downtown Blue Ridge but need to keep the kids occupied? Try this adorable Trout Art Trail Kids Game. Around Blue Ridge you can find trout statues whose names have fallen in the fish bowl, and we don’t know who is who!

Download the map at the link above to help, and then return your sheet to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center for a prize!

Canoe. Find the perfect memento to memorialize your getaway with jewelry and bags at Canoe where Lynn Kemp showcases wearable art. Kemp’s products, all of which are handmade in Blue Ridge, can be found at nearly 700 independent retailers nationwide.

Mystic Mountain Pizza. Delicious pizza, huge salads, crazy-awesome desserts…all in a fun “hippie” atmosphere. We love Mystic and stop in on the regular. This may sound unusual, but you also MUST order one of their hot dogs…or three. When you see the menu — and taste the treasures — you’ll know why. Old-fashioned video games, tie-dye, a gift shop, and good food. It works for date night as well as bringing the family.

Fightingtown Tavern. This is our family’s favorite Blue Ridge lunch stop. We make a point to head here if we’re anywhere near Blue Ridge. The patio is a great place to relax, and the food is DIVINE. It’s all scratch-made. Get the pork rinds (they are best when they’re warm) and the burger, or the OMG salad!

MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs. They’ve opened another location, this time on Main Street in Blue Ridge. Ten different hot dogs and 20 favors of ice cream are a kid’s (and grownup’s) dream!

Blue Ridge Mountain Bbq. From corn fritters to chicken salad and, of course — smoked chicken, pork and ribs — this is a can’t-miss stop for lunch or dinner. You’ll even find Piglet Meals for the kids. Pick up or drive thru…but we say you should get your hands messy right here, with both indoor and outdoor seating options.

Grumpy Old Men Brewing. You guessed it, it’s run by two (old?) retired guys who love beer. Hop in for tastings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours. Get the locals’ perspective on where to eat and drink. Each tour is about 3 hours long, with 5-6 stops along the way.

Hucks General Store. My boys love a stop here every time we are in Blue Ridge. Old-fashioned barrels of candy fill the front, and toys are in the back – with a view of the train!

Chocolate Express. Gourmet chocolate? Yes please! It’s hand-dipped – and Blue Ridge’s only location for handmade fudge.

Blue Ridge Cellars. We love the tasting room here. Try beer or wine (or both!) with a salami and cheese board. We love the baked brie. Kid-friendly.

The Vine of Blue Ridge. Ready to sample wines from all around Georgia? The Vine offers this (and beers) with salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. Local wine tastings are offered daily.

The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge. The Sweet Shoppe of the South’s heartfelt campaign “Eat Sweet, Be Kind,” serves as the company’s platform for anti-bullying. The Sweet Shoppe was included in GA’s 100 Top Plates Locals Love and was also the winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2014.  Needless to say, their cupcakes and handmade candies are incredible.

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. The best river-side view for dining – ANYWHERE. We love drinking a glass of wine on the back porch overlooking the river. It’s especially beautiful at night. The stuffed trout is divine.

Festivals in Blue Ridge

2020 Update: Please check here for the very latest information on this year’s events.  Some of the festivals and events this year have been canceled, and the future of others are still unknown at this time!

Christmas in Blue Ridge. Don’t miss the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway holiday train excursions, Light Up Blue Ridge, or the Holiday Art Show.

Blue Ridge Fall Fest. A wonderful place to grab early holiday gifts from local artisans.

Ride the Rails Festival. A September train even your little ones will love.

Troutfest and Outdoor Adventures. Come see what the best trout fishing is all about!

Come see these and many other annual events here!

You might also enjoy cabin rentals or a luxury vacation home rental in the North Georgia Mountains.

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Disclosure: We love Blue Ridge, and we’re screaming it from the mountains. We’ve never been shy about that. This post was created in conjunction with Fannin County. Opinions here are all our own – always.

24 Comments on "50+ Best Adventurous Things To Do in Blue Ridge, Ga"

  1. Cecile Cribbs | 10/15/2016 at 2:02 pm | Reply

    Please give me address of Mercer Orchards. Need for my GPS.

  2. Blue Ridge, Georgia is such an awesome destination for families with the train, the unique one-of-a-kind shops and the great eats!

  3. Best coffee in Blue Ridge is at Das KaffeeHaus on E Main. It is a must when visiting Blue Ridge. Oh and you should see the cakes and authentic German Apple Strudel. Yum!

  4. You should mention that the hike to Long Creek Falls is on the Appalachian Trail. Also, visit Hickory Flats Cemetery, about a mile and a half past Long Creek.

  5. For sure you need to add Golf at Old Toccoa Farm. Beautiful and challenging golf course.

  6. Learning to build a slit bamboo fly rod Oysters should be on the top of the list!

  7. You should also mention CBolts, they have great ice cream and the giant hot dogs are great. The hamburgers are to die for.

  8. This needs to be updated. L&L Beanery is gone. Doesn’t mention Spring Festival. Looks like this was for fall activities.

    • Lesli Peterson | 04/20/2017 at 1:36 am | Reply

      Thanks! I think L&L just changed names? Was waiting to head back before I updated that one. I’ll loo into some more Spring festivals. Thanks for the feedback!

  9. Just moved to Blue Ridge from South Florida; what an amazing city — can’t wait to be part of the community

  10. Julie Dodson | 08/06/2017 at 10:18 am | Reply

    We have possibly 16 people looking for a cabin(s) over the Christmas holidays….. Can you send me some info? We prefer one large cabin but we are open to suggestion.

  11. Jayne Phillips | 10/06/2017 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    Looking for a 2 bedroom cottage on the river, not on the lake or up in the mountains. Anyone know of one for next Summer?

  12. Could you please tell me where that picture was taken with the wine and the fire pit by the river?


    • Lesli Peterson | 11/07/2017 at 7:28 pm | Reply

      I’ll have to ask the CVB to be certain, but I believe it is Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. They have a GREAT outdoor space right on the river. It’s spectacular.

    • that is the Taccoa river but not by the restaurant. It is right at water level. This looks to be taken north up by Copperhill TN along the river. There are a lot of elevated cabins that overlook the banks.

  13. Love the train picture! It is a beautiful ride year round with the open cars. I would suggest the short Fall Branch Falls hike for your list. It is 35 minutes by foot round trip to a secluded waterfall about 70 feet high!

  14. Mark Fowler II | 04/03/2019 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    says there is camping where its set up and taken down for you, can you please give me a link so i can check this campground out? thank you

  15. Angie Parker | 05/31/2019 at 5:43 pm | Reply

    How did you get the brochure about this article?

  16. Wow, quite a lot of things to do in a small town! For summer, we’re planning a family road trip around GA. Blue Ridge was already on our route. Now it seems like we’ll drop by and enjoy it for a bit longer than thought before. Thanks for ideas.

  17. can you provide some updated info on blue ridge due to the covid scare, are events, dining, and activities open for buisness during late july, early august?

    • Lesli Peterson | 07/17/2020 at 2:52 pm | Reply

      Yes Matt – they are open. Even the railroad is back up and running. There are so many options in Blue Ridge for safe fun…we’ve been several times already this summer. Enjoy!

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