THE TOWN OF BLUE RIDGE
Often called the antiques shopping capital of Georgia, Blue Ridge has a number of antique shops, galleries, restaurants, quilt shops, bookstores, craft shops, and specialty shops on or near Main Street.
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, live productions at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, a movie theater, bowling, and the Swan Drive-In - 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. Come pick apples in the fall, and visit the merchants inside offering a meat market, a florist, Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, and a kitchen specialty shop. Be sure to get their famous fried pies - rated in Southern Living as one of the best nationwide.
For mountain bike enthusiasts be sure to visit Cycle South Blue Ridge where they carry everything a biker needs, including trail conditions and maps, bike rentals by the hour-day-or week, sales/repairs, apparel, equipment, etc.
Angelina's Italian Gourmet Market & Delicatessen
Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta Factory
Happy Dayz 45 RPM'S
Indigo Hills Market & Catering Co.
Serenity Garden Cafe
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Victorian House Restaurant
Brasstown Valley Resort
6321 US Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA 30582 (706) 379-4613
18 hole link style course. Rated top 10 places to play in Georgia.
Driving range. Open year round.
Butternut Creek Golf Course
Hwy 19 & 129 North, Blairsville, GA 30512 (706)439-6076
18 Hole 6536 yd. golf course. Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways.
Open year round with a fully stocked pro shop and putting greens.
Copper Basin Golf Club
11933 Hwy 64, Copperhill, TN. 37317 (423)496-3579
No Web site
18 Holes. Open all year.
Whitepath Golf Club
1156 Shenandoah Drive, Ellijay, Ga. 30540 (706)276-3080
No Web site
18 Hole mountainous 6,400 yard golf course. Bentgrass greens with Bermuda fairways.
Open all year except Christmas Day.
GEOCACHING - GPS Treasure Hunting
Geocaching is an adventure game for GPS users, who can use the location coordinates given online to find the caches. You will find a treasure in the cache, and are asked to leave a little fascinating something for the next visitors. Type in our zip code 30513, to find the local caches and begin your treasure hunt! You will hike some great paths that are off the beaten trail around Blue Ridge, and you will learn about some fascinating history where some caches are located - talk to hunters and hikers in the area that know the land like the back of their hand! Fun adventure for families!
Vogel State Park - Located 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. Hwy. 19/129.
One of Georgia's oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Activities
Hiking and Backpacking - 17 miles of trails, Appalachian Trail nearby
Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Brasstown Bald Mountain - From Blairsville, Georgia take US 19 & 129 south for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 9 miles to Georgia Spur 180 and turn left (north). Go 3 miles to the Brasstown Bald parking lot.
Beautiful Brasstown Bald, rising 4,784 feet above sea level, is Georgia's highest mountain. Brasstown Bald is open daily from Memorial Day through October and on weekends in the early spring and late fall (depending on the weather).
Fun-world Family Entertainment Center - perfect place for the family, as there is something for everyone ranging from batting cages, go-cart racing, over a hundred arcade games, indoor miniature golf, inflatables, toddler town, rock climbing wall
Brasstown Valley Resort - renown for fine meals, lavish buffets, and friendly service; perfect for weekend dinner buffets and Sunday brunches. 6321 US Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA 30582 706-379-9900
HELEN: Swiss Alpine Village
From Blue Ridge take 515/76 east to Hiawassee. Turn right onto Highway 17/75 and follow the signs to Helen as you drive through scenic North Georgia Mountain beauty.
HIKING: Duke's Creek Falls - it is popular opinion that these falls are among the most spectacular in Georgia. To view pictures of these beautiful falls go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/porbem/sets/72057594093545964/. The trail from Dukes Hollow Road is wheelchair accessible to a specially constructed wooden overlook. You can continue down the trail by foot for closer looks. At he bottom are several wooden observation platforms from which you can enjoy the sight and sound of the Falls. The trail descends over series of switchbacks so it is not especially challenging but, remember, you have to hike back up again. Our estimate is that the total difference in elevation from top to bottom is somewhat less than 500 feet.
Directions: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 1.5 miles. Turn left on GA 356 (Alt. 75) and go 2.3 miles to the Richard Russell Scenic Byway. Turn right and go 2 miles to the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area. This is not a loop trail.
Raven Cliffs Falls: Raven Cliffs Falls: Take GA 75 north from Helen 1.4 miles to junction with GA 356 (Alt. 75), turn left onto GA 356 and continue 2.2 miles to the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, (#348) go 3 miles, parking lot is located on left shoulder of road at mile marker #3. Look for trail signs. This is not a loop trail.
Babyland General Hospital - Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids Located 73 W. Underwood St., Cleveland, GA (9 miles south of Helen) Babyland General is in a turn of the century medical clinic. Selected as one of the Travel Channel's Top Ten Toylands, Babyland General is a must-see with thousands of cabbage patch babies just waiting to be adopted. Visiting hours Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun 10-5; closed Major Holidays.
Consolidated Gold Mine - enjoy underground tours of the gold mines, offering gold panning and gem grubbing.
Crisson Gold Mines - an actual open pit gold mine established in 1847 and worked commercially until the 1980's. We are the oldest gold mining establishment in North GA. You can pan for gold. Also have gem stone grubbing...the dirst is from Franklin, NC which is famous for its rubies and sapphires.
The Smith House Family-style food in a Southern atmosphere
Historic Holly Theater - 69 West Main Street The Holly Theatre has something to offer to locals and tourists alike. The Holly Theatre Company presents a year round season of classic plays and Broadway style musicals. The Holly Children's Theatre program offers after school drama classes and productions created specifically with the entire family in mind.
Burt's Farm - they have pumpkins ranging from 1 lb. to 150 lbs.! Hayrides offered through November 15th.
Amicalola Falls State Park - Home to more than 1,500 acres of mountainous terrain and the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Take Highway 515 west toward the town of Ellijay. Just before you reach Ellijay you will take a left onto Highway 52 and follow the signs. 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534. 706-265-8888
Kangaroo Conservation Center - wildlife park with the largest collection of kangaroos outside Australia. Spring through Fall. 222 Bailey-Waters Rd. Dawsonville, GA 30534. 706-265-6100
North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall -
800 Highway 400 South Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-216-3609
Home of 140 outlet shops.
Take Highway 515 west toward the town of Ellijay. Just before you reach Ellijay you will take a left onto Highway 52 and follow the signs for Highway 53 to GA-400.