Nestled in the iconic beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, just a short drive from the pristine waters of Blue Ridge Lake, the town of Blue Ridge is the ideal destination to experience the beauty of the South. Offering seasons that seem to be crafted for photo shoots and ready-made postcard scenes, the time is always right to plan a visit to one of our Blue Ridge vacation rentals.
This charming town gives travelers the chance to do everything from wetting a line in the trout capital of Georgia, to exploring the rugged and historical sites that run along the Appalachian Trail. Filled with family-friendly attractions, upscale spots to eat classic Southern-inspired dishes, and places to revel in moments of peace and tranquility, Blue Ridge gives you the chance to do it all with ease.
Where is Blue Ridge, GA?
Just over 15 miles from the heart of Ellijay, and 53 miles west of Sautee Nacoochee, our Blue Ridge cabin rentals offer the convenience of being easy to reach, while surrounding you with the secluded beauty of the forest and a nearby lake.
Spend your days enjoying the slower pace of the artistic community with hiking and even some wine tasting, while having easy access to fun-filled day trips you won't have to go far to enjoy.
Things to Do in Blue Ridge, GA
Touted as the Trout Capital of Georgia, there are a seemingly endless amount of hidden fishing holes spread out within the nearly 100 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. Find a spot along Jack's River to set up shop, or navigate the waters of Blue Ridge Lake and cast a line into the deep waters where the bigger fish are waiting.
When you're not fishing, you can take a floating trip down the Toccoa River to beat the summer heat and enjoy the scenery. Start your trip above the Lake Blue Ridge dam on Aska Road and make your way through the crisp waters and leave the stress of the daily grind behind as the gentle waters whisk you away.
If you're looking for a family-friendly adventure, grab some tickets and jump on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which hugs the coast of the picturesque Toccoa River. With seasonally themed trips like the Santa Express, Pumpkin Train, and the Easter Eggspress that run from April to December, there is something for the whole family to enjoy year-round.
Dotted with trails that take you through tree-lined paths and wildflower meadows, Blue Ridge is an ideal spot for outdoor lovers to snap a few pictures and enjoy the seasons. Winding through nearly 100,000 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Appalachian Trail is a slice of heaven for hikers and mountain bikers. Book a trip on a horseback tour to enjoy a little time with a new equine friend as you take in the scenery.
Elsewhere in the Chattahoochee National Forest, you'll find rolling hills with vines stretching towards the sun. Bear Claw Vineyards offers crisp white wines that pair perfectly with a hot summer day and will please the palate of every wine lover. If you're looking for some suds, treat yourself to a seasonal flight at Blue Ridge Brewery while you take in some of the local live music.
Day Trips & Nearby Fun
What could be better than apple picking at a stunning Georgia farm? Take the family over to Reece Farms in Ellijay, where you can see the daily workings of a live farm. Pick through their orchards to find the freshest fruit, and go home with the perfect ingredients for a delicious side dish, or maybe a dessert!
If you arrive in the month of October, your visit may coincide with the famous Georga Apple Festival! With over 300 vendors flaunting art and delicious food, as well as activities like blacksmithing and rock climbing, this will be an experience the whole family remembers.
From Ellijay, continue 20 more miles south to the charming town of Jasper. Home to a number of wineries that have their vineyards in the surrounding foothills, you'll find delicious wine and food to accompany it. Spend an afternoon walking around this town to get a taste of southern history, and buy some bottles for friends back home.
Whether you want to explore the arts district and see the up and coming, fresh artists, head out into the great outdoors to do some hiking, or simply unwind and revel in the charm of the city, you'll have everything you need all within easy reach from our Blue Ridge cabin rentals.
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