BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA is a southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a destination for adventure and relaxation. Easily accessed from Atlanta, Georgia or Chattanooga, Tennessee, Blue Ridge has something to offer everyone. If the beauty of the great outdoors is calling you, then follow the path to Blue Ridge and Fannin County. The Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race (www.adventureracega.com) will host the 2008 National USAAR competition. Disciplines such as mountain biking, running/trekking, kayaking, canoeing, rappelling, orienteering, wet river crossings and climbing are not only utilized in the race, but opportunities available to the outdoor enthusiasts. In addition, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, and boating are available. With miles of trout streams and or award winning bass to be found in the beautiful waters of Lake Blue Ridge (www.lakeblueridgemarina.com), the area is an angler’s dream.
Give your family (and yourself) an afternoon in small town America by strolling the streets of Blue Ridge or McCaysville, where you will find Appalachian arts and crafts, pottery, quilts, antiques, mountain home furnishings, apples, smoked trout-- even hand-made sweaters and shawls. More and more artists are attracted to the Georgia mountains because the peace and quiet, misty mountains and clear starry nights provide time, tranquility and inspiration for creating wonderful art, from tradition art and craft to contemporary painting and sculpture, many of which you will find on display at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association located in the historic Fannin County Courthouse and many local galleries. For a truly rare delight, take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad (www.brscenic.com) or pull into the Swan Drive In (www.swan-drive-in.com) to enjoy first run movies in a style all but lost to history.
Couples or ladies can plan an entire escape around the spa packages that can be arranged. Serenity in the Mountains Day Spa Serenity is a full service spa located in the heart of Blue Ridge, Georgia www.serenityinthemountains.com or “The Spa” www.comfortinnofblueridge.com/Spa are two of the many choices offering everything from a caviar facial, to a relaxing massage, or just a manicure. Indulge.
History buffs will enjoy the Burra Burra Mine and Museum in nearby Ducktown, Tennessee, while old and young alike will delight in Southern Living Magazine’s “favorite roadside market” Mercier Orchards . There you can pick your own apples in season, enjoy the best fried pies around or find a special gift. Or visit Sugar Creek Farm and Inn and see the Suri Alpacas. The Ocoee Whitewater Center, site of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak/Slalom events is opened year round and offers legacy items from the games. There are hiking trails, picnic areas, a native garden, gift shop and "The Blue Hole," the area's most famous swimming hole.
Seasonal events such as the “Mountain Harvest Festival” (October) “Light Up Blue Ridge” (November); “Train Rides with Santa” (December); “Adventure Race” (April); Arts in the Park (May); “Fireworks at the Lake” (July); “Pickin In the ParK” (all summer); “Downtown Labor Day BBQ” are just a few of the opportunities available to residents and guest alike.
Fannin County, and its cities of Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Morganton, invite you to come for a day, a weekend, a month, the rest of your life.