Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Area

Blue Ridge is no longer just a relaxation destination.  It is still great for relaxing, but there are a multitude of other fun activities if you are looking for more than curling up on the couch with a book!  Here is an alphabetical list of some other activities you can explore!

Bigfoot Museum - Just a few miles south of Blue Ridge in Cherry Log is a 4000 square foot museum dedicated to Sasquatch.  1934 GA-515, Cherry Log GA,  706.946.2601

 

The Blue Ridge Community Theater - Various theater productions and occasional live music concerts.  Check web site for events.  2591 E 1st St, Blue Ridge GA 706.632.9223 www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

 

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - one of the "must see" attractions in Blue Ridge. The railroad connects the towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville and offers a journey along the beautiful Toccoa River. Board the train at the historic depot in Blue Ridge. Open April through December.  241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge GA 877.413.8724 www.brscenic.com

Bowling - Fannin Lanes Bowling Center offers bowling, game room, and a snack bar with burgers, pizza, and the like.

4115 E First St, Blue Ridge GA, 706.632.2064, bowlfanninlanes.com

Breweries - Blue Ridge now offers 3 breweries. Grumpy Old Men and Fannin Brewing offer tours and tastings.  

Grumpy Old Men - 770.331.8870

Fannin Brewing Company - 706.258.2762

Blue Ridge Brewery - 706.632.6611

Farmer's Market - The Blue Ridge Farmer's Market is a community market for farmers, hobby gardeners, artists, and crafters.  It opens late May or early June and goes until September.  Located in the downtown city park at 400 West Main Street in front of the courthouse.  Generally open from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.

Festivals - There are NON-STOP festivals going on in Blue Ridge as well as Ellijay, so check the weekend you are going and there is a good chance something is happening!  For more details, visit http://www.blueridgemountains.com/festivals.html

Gem Mining/Mini Golf - There are 2 places in Blue Ridge that you can look for treasure!  Listings are as follows:

Cohutta Cove Mini Golf & Gem Mining - 706.946.1920, www.cohuttacoveminigolf.com

Lily Pad Village - Mini Golf, Fishing, and Gem mining - 706.534.1317, www.lilypadvillage.com

Hiking - Plenty of hiking in Blue Ridge...see the Water Attractions listing below for destination hikes.  The beginning of the Appalachian Trail is in Fannin County.  The Benton McKaye Trail is also in Blue Ridge.  Both trails are for experienced hikers.  Here are some additional hikes for newbies as well as veteran hikers.  http://www.atlantatrails.com/tag/hiking-near-blue-ridge/

Live Music - Live Music Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Blue Ridge Brewery; Most weekends at Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille, The Vine Wine Bar, The Last Stop, Copperhead Lodge and Cartecay Vineyards. Some weekends at Fannin Brewing Co. and Blue Ridge Community Theater.  Other restaurants may have live music as well...call to check.  In addition, Pickin' in the Park is a weekly series of free casual jam sessions for acoustic musicians held under the trees along the Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville every Thursday evening from 6:00 til dusk, beginning the week of Memorial Day through the end of September. Bring a picnic supper, a lawn chair, and maybe even your own instrument to join the fun.

Massage - There are several places to get a relaxing massage in Blue Ridge.  Here are our favorites.

Serenity in the Mountains - Extraordinarily nice. Overnight packages available.  706.258.2244, www.serenityinthemountains.com

Tea Tree's Boutique Spa - Cabin like spa with nice decor.  561.889.7499, www.teatreesmassage.com

Mercier Orchards - Buying local fruits, vegetables and wine is a big part of the Blue Ridge experience, especially when it includes a visit to Mercier Orchards, located on Highway 5 in Blue Ridge, the largest orchard in the southeast and a family farm for over 70 years.  8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge GA  706.632.3411  www.mercier-orchards.com

Outdoor Adventure Park - If suspended bridges, tight ropes, climbing walls, and ziplines are your idea of fun, this is for you!  Four amazing aerial courses to play on along with an 80-foot free fall jump if you dare.  Located close to downtown Blue Ridge.  Blue Ridge Adventure Park, 2087 E 1st St, 423.496.3388, blueridgeadventurepark.com

Shopping - Downtown Blue Ridge features eclectic shopping and you can find anything from homemade candy to stylish clothing, locally made crafts, local art work, handmade fly fishing rods, handmade jewelry, homemade jams and jellies, wines, to a good 'ol souvenir.  Nearby Ellijay has many antique shops and keepsakes also, along with some delicious dining opportunities as well.

The Swan Drive-In Theater - One of three remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia, offering first run movies on weekends and daily during summer and fall seasons. 651 Summit St, Blue Ridge GA  706.632.5235  www.swan-drive-in.com

Visit a Vineyard - Vineyards are becoming more plentiful in the Blue Ridge area.  Visit and take in the beautiful scenery or a wine tasting.  Vineyards near Blue Ridge are as follows:

Serenberry Vineyards - 404.590.2334

Bear Claw Vineyards - 706.223.3750

Odom Springs Vineyards - 706.745.3094

Ellijay River Vineyards - 770.315.9121

Cartecay Vineyards - 706.698.9463

Engelheim Vineyards - 706.635.9463

 

Water Attractions - There are several great areas to do water sports or just hike to waterfalls in the area.  The following are a few you can research.

Rafting or Tubing - Ocoee, Nantahala, Hiawasee, and Toccoa Rivers.

Water ski, Paddle Board, Pontoon Boats, Jet Ski, Fishing - Lake Blue Ridge

Hikes to Waterfalls - Long Creek Falls (30 minute hike), Falls Branch Falls (30 min), Sea Creek Falls (easy walk, but difficult drive), Jacks River Falls (9.2 mile hike)

Ziplining - 6,000 feet of cable sound good to you?  Many consider this to be the best zipline course in the state. Experience the mountains from the treetops, you'll zip into the valley, soar over pastures, cross over Fighting Town Creek, and much more.  Zip Line Canopy Tours, 891 Old Cashes Valley Rd, Blue Ridge, GA, 800.251.4800, zipblueridge.com