2023 Blue Ridge Bucket List Ideas

Plan your 2023 Blue Ridge Bucket List now in the North Georgia Mountains. We have compiled some of Blue Ridge's most favorite activities to help you make the most of your mountain vacation. Whether this is your first visit to Blue Ridge, GA or your annual trip, take a look at our favorite things to do in Blue Ridge. Be sure to check them off your Blue Ridge bucket list! Also tag our social media with how you experienced Blue Ridge and stay in touch with our Instagram and FaceBook!


1. Horseback Riding in the North Georgia Mountains

Mount a trusty steed with Appalachian Trail Rides and enjoy a ride through the mountains! With over 30 years of experience, Appalachian Trail Rides is your answer for living out your dreams of traveling back in time to the days when horseback riding provided the only transportation. 

2. Hike the Tallest Waterfall in Georgia

Chase a few waterfalls on your North Georgia adventure and visit Amicalola Falls! Boasting views that will stun the most experienced traveller, Amicalola Falls is an absolute must to add to your Blue Ridge itinerary. The third tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, Amicalola Falls, which means "tumbling waters," provides two different trails to experience. 

3. Experience Locally Crafted IPAs and Wineries

Expand your palate during your Blue Ridge vacation and enjoy a few breweries and wineries! The perfect excursion for your girls' trip, guys' trip, or couples' getaway, Bear Claw Vineyards, Engelheim VineyardsGrumpy Old Men Brewing, or Angry Hops Brewing are just a few of our favorites. Check out the full list of breweries and wineries here

4. Visit the Georgia/Tennessee State Line

Have you ever been in two places at once? Snap a photo with your family at the GA/TN state line in McCaysville, Georgia/Copperhill, TN! While you are there, explore the boutique shops and restaurants while admiring the Ocoee River which runs through the quaint town.

5. Try Fly-Fishing

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or just beginning your new hobby, reserve a flyfishing trip when you stay with us in Blue Ridge! We are locally partnered with several premium guides in the area who can contribute lasting memories to your North Georgia vacation. When you stay at our luxury cabins, Cherokee Sunrise or Serendipity on Noontootla Creek, you will be steps away from flyfishing in the Noontootla Creek with one of our guides. Great for kids or adults, experience the catch of a lifetime! 

6. U-Pick at Mercier Orchards

Make lasting memories at Mercier Orchards when you visit during one of their U-Pick seasons! Bring the whole family and pick some fresh fruit during May-October! 

7. Hike the Tallest Mountain in Georgia

A local treasure tucked away in the back roads of the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Bald offers breathtaking 360 degree mountain views. Depending on whether or not the shuttle station is open, you can either hike the 0.6 miles to the top of the mountain or avoid the walk and take a quick shuttle ride. Experience some of the most gorgeous scenic views in Georgia and visit Brasstown Bald on your next vacation. 

8. Experience Whitewater Rafting and Ziplining

For the adventure junkie, raft the same waters which hosted certain events for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics! Rolling Thunder River Company is your answer for your North Georgia whitewater rafting experience. On the other hand, if you are looking to soar through the mountains, check out Blue Ridge Ziplining Canopy Tours to add more adrenaline to your Blue Ridge vacation. 

9. Watch a Movie the Old School Way at The Swan Drive-In Theater

Operating since 1955, the Swan Drive-In Theater is one of 300 drive-ins still operational in the USA. Take it back to the good 'ole days and spend movie night with the family at this historic location! Open year-round, catch the latest flick at this vintage theater. 

10. Visit the Longest Swinging Bridge East of the Mississippi 

The Swinging Bridge has welcomed North Georgia visitors for many, many years. A family-friendly hike, this treasured staple of Blue Ridge is perfect for quality time with your loved ones. A Blue Ridge vacation is not complete without visiting this memorable spot. 

11. Paddleboard on Lake Blue Ridge

Explore Lake Blue Ridge at your own speed, and add some paddleboarding to your Blue Ridge vacation! No summer vacation would be complete without some time on the water, and Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters has you covered for making your paddleboard or kayaking dreams happen. The pristine waters await you!

12. Best of all ~ Relax and unwind in one of our Luxury Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals 

At the end of an exhilarating day full of excitement and fun, head back to your cabin and enjoy the mountain scenery. We provide everything you need in our fully stocked luxury cabin rentals for you to relax and unwind. Browse our boutique inventory of luxury cabins ~ there's the perfect one just waiting for you!