10 Things to Do in Blue Ridge That You Shouldn't Miss

August 26, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

A gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge is home to beautiful lakes and spectacular mountains. Part of the Appalachians, the Blue Ridge range was aptly named for the bluish color that is most obvious when viewed from a distance. Great for hiking, relaxing or just enjoying the serenity, the mountains are a treat for anyone interested in a peaceful getaway.
Restaurants in Blue Ridge

1. Grumpy Old Men Brewing

1315 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-8506 +1 706-946-2739
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 96 reviews

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Grumpy Old Men Brewery is a microbrewery located in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. We currently have 18 beers on tap so there’s always something new and different for the craft beer lover to try!

Reviewed By SecondCityCop - Chicago, Illinois

Very relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly....actually had a nice variety of beers to choose from considering their size. My groups favorite beer was the porter....but all were very good. One of the owners (Steve) was super friendly and accommodating. He hung out with us for a bit, chatted us up, and played awesome music the whole time we were there. This is a must stop for a beer lover visiting Blue Ridge....but be advised....they are only open from 1-5pm Thursday-Sunday and closed Monday-Wednesday...so plan accordingly. Thanks again Steve for the awesome hospitality!

2. Mercier Orchards

8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-4117 +1 706-632-3411
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mercier Orchards

We are an orchard nestled in the North Georgia Mountains. Open all year long, We aim to provide family orientated, and educational fun for all ages! We offer U-Pick on many seasonal fruits.

Reviewed By Nawlins4LIFE - Indianapolis

The place is huge and offers something for everyone. Hard cider tastings, free sample tastings, great tasting bakery offerings just to name a few. The apple/cinnamon donuts are the best thing on earth. All the staff seemed to always be smiling and offering to point...MoreHi there! SO glad you all enjoyed your visit with us again, thank you for your review and we hope to see you back very soon!

3. Toccoa River Swinging Bridge

152 Orvin Lance Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-8061
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge

Reviewed By TripMomof1 - USA

The swinging bridge is wonderful and we highly recommend visiting if you are in the Blue Ridge area. I definitely agree with the previous reviewers that said not to try this with a car... I personally wouldn't try it with anything but an AWD/4x4 SUV/Jeep/truck etc. The road is 4 or so miles to get to the trail head and it is very bumpy, rocky and muddy. With that being said, we had a blast driving back there in our AWD SUV. The walk to the bridge was pretty easy even for a couch-potato-ish person like myself. The bridge was beautiful as was the river and area around the bridge. We climbed down to the water to explore a little while we were there.

We had no trouble finding it because we used the GPS coordinates in Google Maps. Parking lot -
N 34°44.350' W084°10.213'

4. Long Creek Falls

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, GA
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Long Creek Falls

Reviewed By Olga O

Staying in the Blue Ridge mountains for a week, we researched the many trails of this beautiful area in Georgia. Since we were traveling with our two teenagers, we looked for a moderate trail that would be enjoyable for the whole family. We were a good half hour away from the trailhead. The drive through the mountain is on a winding road, perfectly picturesque, with about 5 miles of gravel road to the trailhead. Once we arrived at the trailhead, there are several trails to choose from, including the Appalachian Trail. The Long Creek Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile uphill trail going in, and downhill coming out. The trail is wide at some parts, narrow at other parts, with a constant sound of the creek to your left as you head to the falls. It is a beautiful trail, and at the end you are greeted by a beautiful and serene landscape. Although this is bear territory, we didn't see one, or any other animals other than a few birds and butterflies. Loved this trail.

5. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-8501
Excellent
47%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 896 reviews

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

A great family adventure on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (BRSR) starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. This charming mountain village is nestled in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest and is known for it’s pleasant and unique shopping with friendly folks and an old-time atmosphere. Total excursion is 26 miles (4 hours round-trip) winding along the beautiful Toccoa River in passenger’s choice of vintage, climate controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars arriving in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Passengers have a 2 hour layover in McCaysville/Copperhill; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, or walk across the old bridge in town to view the river.

Reviewed By Mary Lou L - Atlanta, Georgia

It all begins at the historic 100 year old depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Ga. and heads north from there. The train
winds through the mountains alongside the beautiful Toccoa River. Car hosts share the history of the railroad, but the real treat is in the ride. The views are spectacular from both vintage, air conditioned coaches and from open-air cars. This trip will provide wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! Fabulous!

6. Morganton Point Recreation Area

475 Lake Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30560-3616 +1 706-900-4004
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Morganton Point Recreation Area

Reviewed By travelinbandman - Ringgold, Georgia

This is one of the most well-cared-for campgrounds I have ever stayed in! It is located right on Lake Blue Ridge in Morganton, Ga (just outside of Blue Ridge). I usually tent camp, but there are pull-through sites with all of the amenities as well. The hosts keep the sites clean and in good shape.

The bath house is spotless and new! There were even flowers in a vase in the men's and ladies baths. They also sell fire would and ice.

The campground is located just 15 minutes east of Blue Ridge. This place is a gem!

7. Fannin Brewing Company

3758 E First St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-4514 +1 706-258-2762
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 41 reviews

Fannin Brewing Company

Reviewed By FunkyBud - Seminole, Florida

This was my first visit to a brewery in Georgia. For $15, I got a brewery "tour" and six eight ounce samples of beer. Due to Georgia law at the time of my visit, the brewery could only give out samples of beer if they also offered a tour, so that's the reason for the odd way of doing things. Aside from that, the beer was awesome, though the selection on tap was notably missing an IPA. A small indoor seating area offers a great view of the brewery, while a larger outdoor seating area offers dog-friendly space. A must stop in Blue Ridge.

8. The Blue Ridge Canopy Adventure

319 Hells Hollow Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-3005 +1 706-946-1010
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

The Blue Ridge Canopy Adventure

We are Blue Ridges original zip line company. We're about innovation, not imitation. So come find out just how much fun ya can have zip lining in moonshine country. We offer a two hour canopy tour and horseback riding all on the same property located in an area known as Hell's Holler'. Ya'll come see us ya hear!

Reviewed By John W

Shannon accommodated our last minute reservation on a busy Saturday that resulted in them staying open a couple of hours after their normal closing time. Amber was very helpful in making sure we were safely launched and Shannon made our landing at the next platform smooth and easy. They even showed us how to zip while flipped upside down. Our group consisted of all ages from 23 to 69 years old. We did the Saddle and Soar package which allowed us to do both a mountain horseback ride AND the full zip course for less than the competition charges for the zip alone. Good value and constant attention to a safe adventure made for a do not miss destination while in the Blue Ridge area. Easy to get to with great signage to guide you to Hell's Hollow area where both horseback rides and zip are available at same location. Will definitely do this again on our next visit to Blue Ridge.

9. Out of the Blue

647 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-4579 +1 706-258-2750
Excellent
84%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Out of the Blue

Reviewed By Frederick C - Tampa, Florida

We experienced great service here. They have an excellent choice of foreign and domestic wine. And the service was wonderful. They even acknowledged our little baby and were wonderfully accommodating. Definitely check this place out for a great wine selection in downtown Blue Ridge!

10. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-8541 +1 706-632-2144
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Reviewed By Jim W - Atlanta, Georgia

We checked this place out after returning from the scenic railroad excursion around 2 p.m. It is located facing the railroad tracks about 2 blocks south of the train depot. It is beyond the new county courthouse building it what appears to be the prior courthouse. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

Given that Blue Ridge is a fairly small town, the scope of their arts building was quite impressive. When we visited, they had a gallery exhibit that took up the entrance hallways plus what was the main courtroom. Many of the paintings were very good. My impression was that they host rotating exhibits like this periodically. There are certainly towns much larger than Blue Ridge that have nothing like this facility for their arts communities.

In addition to this main exhibit, they also had an arts supply store in the building, as well as a kiln in the basement for pottery (including classes). They also offered classes in upstairs rooms, on various arts-related topics. I believe the town also hosts arts events a few times a year (like plein air sessions and festivals).

If we make it back to Blue Ridge in the future, we'll likely return here to see what new exhibits are on display. I'm giving it a 5-rating due to it exceeding expectations by a wide margin.

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