Blue Ridge City Park is the heart of downtown Blue Ridge. The park is a popular place for picnics, community gatherings and festivals. Georgia Cabins offers luxurious accommodations close to downtown Blue Ridge. You can take the kids to the playground to play - and watch out for resident roosters and their families! Blue Ridge City Park will be host to the Annual Labor Day BBQ. It starts at 11 a.m. and runs until the food runs out. Good Food and Entertainment will be all around. While your downtown don't forget to stop by some of the shops, the owners will love to see you.
Everyone loves going to the park. Meeks Park located off in Blairsville is one of the most beautiful parks in North Georgia Mountains. The park was established in 1992 and named after Bill Meeks. The park consists of 4 baseball fields, 2 softball fields and 4 batting cages. It also includes a t-ball field and a utility field which can host an array of activities. You can also enjoy the 4 covered pavilions for picnicking, walking trails, skate park and 4 tennis courts. Disc golf and pet walking trails are nearby. Meeks park is located just one mile west of Blairsville on Highway 515.
Labor Day Weekend is full of festivals all over the North Georgia Mountains. In Blairsville, Georgia there will be a Heritage Festival on Saturday - Sunday Labor Day weekend. The festival starts at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mountian Life Museum just one block south of the Historic Court House on the square. This open-air market will feature locally produced handcrafts, traditional foods, and garden products along with music, craft demonstrations, "old ways" and live animals.
Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, you can find it in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Leave your cell phone and laptop at home and enjoy the splendor and exhilaration of a day hiking to nearby waterfalls, horseback riding on forested trails, or whitewater rafting on the beautiful Toccoa River.
Looking for a quiet romantic getaway? … or just a place to kick back and relax? We’re waiting to delight and pamper you in one of our cozy mountain cabins overlooking the Toccoa, or pristine valleys and ridge tops.
If you’re looking for a little excitement, discover the sheer joy of a whitewater rafting adventure, or a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Spend a day exploring our mountain art in the many galleries across the region, or browse for antiques in the shops that line our mountain towns. And after a day spent outdoors or relaxing, choose from a variety of dining experiences to cap off your night.
Blue Ridge has something to offer everyone, regardless of age or interests. It’s a perfect place for family vacations or reunions, where you can find luxurious cabins that will accommodate groups comfortably … where you can all be together, yet have plenty of room to “do your own thing,” if you’d like.
Whether you stay for a day, a weekend, or a month … the memories and the magic of your Georgia Blue Ridge vacation will last you a lifetime.
1. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
A ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is more than a sightseeing trip through one of the most beautiful places in the South. It’s like going back in time … but mostly, it’s just a whole lot of fun.
It all starts at the historic 100-year-old depot in downtown Blue Ridge, and the train heads north from there. As it winds through the mountains alongside the beautiful Toccoa River, the views are spectacular from both the vintage air-conditioned coaches and from the open-air coaches.
After a leisurely one-hour trip, the train stops in the unique twin-border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. You’ll have an hour and a half to grab a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping and antiquing, or have a picnic at the pavilion. Then it’s back to Blue Ridge on the train.
My family and I rode the train on July 4th, 2007, and were delighted to be entertained by a group of very talented local musicians who rode in our car, and also performed at the pavilion in McCaysville before the fireworks display that evening. It was truly a memorable occasion and is one of our fondest memories of our stay in Blue Ridge.
Call 1-800-934-1898 or visit http://www.brscenic.com/ for more information.
2. Mercier Orchards
Mercier Orchards is the largest apple orchard in Georgia (200 acres!), and it’s also Southern Living magazine’s favorite “roadside apple market,” according to a 2002 article.
Your trip to Blue Ridge just isn’t complete without a visit to Mercier’s for one of their scrumptious fried apple pies. They open at 8:00 a.m., and there’s just no better way to start your day than with one (or two!) of their pies and fresh apple cider.
Mercier also lets you pick your own apples on weekends in September, complete with a wagon ride to and from the orchards -- a fun activity for the whole family. For more information, call (706) 632-3411, or visit http://www.mercier-orchards.com/.
3. Swan Drive-In
One of three remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia, the Swan Drive-In Theater offers a unique taste of the past with current first-run movies.
You can enjoy a movie outside under the stars or in the privacy of your car. To see what’s playing, call (706) 632-5235, and visit The Swan for more information.
4. Ducktown Basin Museum
Tour the grounds of the historic Burra Burra Copper Mine in Ducktown, Tennessee, and see exhibits on the mining heritage of the Copper Basin. Call (423) 496-5778, or visit Ducktown Museum for more information.
5. Ocoee Whitewater Center (Ducktown, Tennessee)
Built for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom Races, the center includes the Olympic race course, native gardens, paved walkways, hiking and biking trails, pools of water for wading or feeding fish, and more.
Visit the Whitewater Center, or call (423) 496-5197 for more information.
6. Apple Orchard Alley (Ellijay)
Eleven of Gilmer County’s apple orchards are spread across this picturesque valley along Georgia Hwy. 52.
7. Southern Tree Plantation (Blairsville, Georgia)
Blairsville's Southern Tree Plantation has lots more than Christmas trees.
Visit during October for Fun on the Farm, with pumpkins, hayrides, a petting farm, marshmallow roasting, kid's train and pony rides and much more. For more information, call (706) 745-0601, or visit http://www.southerntreeplantation.com/
What makes Blue Ridge, GA so very special? It's the people who live here and the small town feeling you get when you visit here (and live here). The feeling of community is resonate in this small town, unlike other cities, and even other small towns. Shop owners love to engage in conversation and because many harken from other places, the same thing drew them here just like everyone else ~ that Mayberry R.F.D. kind of feeling ~ a sense of genuine care about others. People love to feel special, and Blue Ridge offers that to those who visit just by nature of the town's atmosphere and the many venues Blue Ridge has to offer.
The thing that people actually love the most about Blue Ridge is it's natural beauty, the adventure it has to offer, and the many log cabins that dot the moutainous terrain. A person can get in touch with their "inner pioneer" when experiencing a log cabin ~ the serenity of the mountains ~ the solitude from city life ~ all the things that fill the human soul with an appreciation for living. If you decide to live here, so many people that we know have beautiful vegetable gardens, raise chickens for the most delicious eggs you've ever eaten, and enjoy living the simple life - be sure to visit the Blue Ridge Farmer's Market every weekend in the summer in the park in town!
Visiting Blue Ridge, GA offers you beautiful hiking paths through moutainous woods opening up to panoramic vistas for hikers and mountain bikers; boating on Lake Blue Ridge and nearby lakes (Nottely & Chatuge) offer all the water sports you desire in addition to tubing, canoeing, kayaking and even trout fishing on the Toccoa River. A reputable Community Theatre provides wonderful entertainment all year round, and many restaurants offer live music on the weekends. There is a unique specialness that fills the atmosphere in Blue Ridge that you just cannot escape.
When you visit Blue Ridge, you will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. That is what makes Blue Ridge so very special.