Blue Ridge, GA is without a doubt one of the most ideal vacation spots in the Southeast. Named as one of the premier retirement towns according to Southern Living, Blue Ridge offers a vast variety of activities and places to explore —from water activities such as tubing, kayaking, fishing and whitewater rafting, to the variety of the 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!
Blue Ridge Water Activities
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 visitors often enjoy pontooning and jet skiing. Our favorite outfitter for fly-fishing, offering beginner instruction and guiding avid veteran fishermen on public and private waters, our friends at Toccoa River Outfitters are passionate about sharing the joy of fishing with you.
Explore the North Georgia Mountains
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 breathtaking North Georgia mountain beauty.
3. Shop Till You Drop in Blue Ridge, GA
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, from clothing boutiques, mountain outfitters, bike rentals, shoe shops, home decor, kitchen specialty shops, wine bars, breweries, art galleries, restaurants, and spas. A lot of fun is packed on Main Street and beyond!
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! For foodie fans, enjoy a lovely dining experience at Harvest on Main, a favorite local restaurant, or check out Chester's, a popular bar and grill spot. And don't miss out on giving our area award-winning vineyards a try! Serenberry Vineyards and Bear Claw Vineyard are in town, as well as other nearby wineries and vineyards that make perfect day trips!