There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful North Georgia mountains in Fannin County and beyond. The drive times below are from the town of Blue Ridge. Drive times from your cabin will be a few minutes more or less than from town. The Chamber of Commerce has a very helpful free Apple or Android app for learning about and locating activities and attractions in the area. It is called Georgia's Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Within 30 minutes
Water Activities - Sparkling Lake Blue Ridge has over 100 miles of shoreline and is one of the purest lakes in the TVA System. It offers swimming, boat rentals, boat ramps, jet skiing, fishing, and picnicking. The same activities are available at 4180-acre Lake Nottely. Spend a day on the rushing Toccoa River canoeing, tubing, kayaking, or fly fishing. There are over 100 miles of rivers and streams in the area stocked with rainbow trout. Several outfitters, including Ocoee River Rafting (Ocoee Adventure Center), Quest Expeditions, Wildwater Ltd., Ocoee Rafting, and Cherokee Rafting offer guided whitewater trips on the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Cartecay River Experience provides kayak and tube rentals on the rushing Cartecay River near Ellijay, Georgia.
Hiking and Mountain Biking - Hike along the Appalachian Trail or the Benton MacKaye Trail. They have the same starting point at the southern tip of the County. The Benton MacKaye Trail passes within three miles of Blue Ridge as it heads northwest to Tennessee. The closest point on the Appalachian Trail, which heads northeast to North Carolina and on to Maine, is about a 45-minute drive from town. Experienced hikers may choose to explore the 35,000-acre Cohutta Wilderness Area, the largest protected wilderness east of the Mississippi River. The Aska Trails is a 17-mile system of hiking and mountain biking trails with views of Lake Blue Ridge and the mountains. Ocoee River Rafting (Ocoee Adventure Center) offers guided mountain bike rides and bike rentals.
Town of Blue Ridge - Often called the antiques shopping capital of Georgia, Blue Ridge has a number of antique and crafts shops on or near Main Street. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway leaves from the old depot in town for excursion rides along the Toccoa River. Blue Ridge also offers a variety of restaurants, a movie theater, bowling, and one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia. Mercier Apple Orchards near town is one of the largest apple orchards in the Southeast. It sells apples, cider, baked goods, and farm-grown vegetables. Fannin County has festivals, plays, and concerts throughout the year.
Golf - Whitepath Golf Course, Ellijay; Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville; or, if you are willing to drive a little farther, take on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Birch River in Dahlonega (80 minutes) or the Brasstown Valley Resort course in Young Harris (40 minutes).
Waterfalls - A number of waterfalls can be accessed from hiking trails in the area, including Long Creek Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Sea Creek Falls, Little Rock Creek Falls, and Jacks River Falls.
Within 1 hour
Harrah's Valley River Casino - The casino in Murphy, NC is only 25 to 45 minutes away, depending on the cabin.
Brasstown Bald - Georgia's highest mountain (4,784 ft.) has an observation tower with a 360-degree view of four states and hiking trails, picnic areas, and educational programs.
Amicalola Falls State Park - The highest falls east of the Mississippi River, with a 729-foot drop, has a great view from the top. The park offers hiking trails, trout fishing, and playgrounds.
Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery - Produces one million rainbow trout each year for stocking North Georgia rivers, lakes, and streams. Tour the hatchery, fish in Rock Creek, and enjoy the picnic areas.
Vogel State Park - The park has a lake with swimming beach and pedal boats, miniature golf, picnic areas, and 17 miles of hiking trails. Helton Creek Falls and Desoto Falls are nearby.
Hiawassee, Ga. - Hiawassee is host to the Georgia Mountain Fair each year in late summer. The town is on the shores of 7,000-acre Lake Chatuge and near the Brasstown Wilderness.
Within 2 hours
Great Smoky Mountain National Park; Harrah's Cherokee Casino; Alpine Village of Helen; Anna Ruby Falls; Chattanooga (Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Lookout Mountain); Dahlonega (Gold Museum, panning for gold, The Smith House Restaurant).
In addition to the mobile app mentioned above, the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Web site has an extensive list of attractions and recreational activities in the County. Another site with many pages of things to do in the Georgia mountains is Mountain Travel Guide.
Mountain River Cabins, L.L.C.
Owner/Manager - John Orr
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org