Blue Ridge is without a doubt one of the most ideal vacation spots out there. The variety of activities and places to explore in Blue Ridge are limitless—from a plethora of water activities like tubing, kayaking, fishing and whitewater rafting, to the variety winding hiking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, and the countless shops and restaurants to try out. The area truly has something for everyone. Just take a look at the main highlights below!
There are plenty of places in Blue Ridge for you to get your fill of fun water activities. The beautiful Toccoa River offers perfect, clear waters for rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Also popular is whitewater rafting on the exciting Ocoee River, compliments of the Ocoee Whitewater Center at the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. And don't forget the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge, where visitor often enjoy pontooning and jet skiing.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Blue Ridge showcases some of nature's most beautiful sights, and they're just waiting for you to come see. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Hike the famous Benton-MacKaye Trail, or trek out to see stunning waterfalls. (Our favorites are Long Creek Falls and Fall Branch Falls!) Anywhere you turn, you'll see that Mother Nature knows best.
3. Shop Till You Drop!
Get lost in the abundance of antique stores, boutiques, and one-of-a-kind specialty shops in downtown Blue Ridge. There is truly something for every shopper. There are so many wonderful stores that we can't list them all, but be sure to check out some of these local favorites:
Out of the Blue
Posh on Main
Big Bear Antiques
The Ridge Boutique
4. Wine and Dine
Getting a taste of local cuisine is a must-do when you visit Blue Ridge, and with all the restaurants downtown, you might just have to make more than one trip! Visit the famous Harvest on Main for delicious southern treats, or check out Chester's, one of our newest popular bar and grill spots. And don't miss out on giving our area vineyards a try! Serenberry Vineyards is just a quick trip away, and there are plenty of nearby wineries and vineyards that make perfect day trips!
First Coast Magazine recently published an article on Blue Ridge that shares more on the area highlights, as well as quotes from owners Gary and Lissa! Check it out here!