Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia

Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in North GeorgiaBlue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia

Surround yourself with spectacular mountains, lush forests, pristine valleys, sparkling lakes, alpine rivers and epic mountain trails in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here in the midst of the grandeur of the Cohutta Mountain Wilderness and the rugged Chattahoochee National Forest, you can escape the hustle and bustle of life in the perfect solitude of the remote wilderness, ride the white water rapids of our world-famous waters and cruise the country roads and scenic byways into the nearby towns.

Discover the area's fascinating mining history at the Ducktown Basin Museum at the Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown, or browse the eclectic shops in the charming town of Blue Ridge. Stand with your feet in different states at the famous blue Georgia/Tennessee line or fish and picnic on the Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville. For the ultimate in family adventure, wind your way along the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville on the historic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

The Rugged Grandeur of the Great Outdoors

The Cohutta Wilderness Area and the Chattahoochee National Forest together offer an extensive system of epic Blue Ridge hiking and biking trails. Travel through meadows of vibrant wildflowers, coves of hardwoods and gushing waterfalls cutting through rocky gorges. Hike the trails of the world-famous Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, follow the Benton MacKaye Trail through remote forests to the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River, or fish the cool Conasauga and Jacks rivers for superb trout.

Watersports enthusiasts are in for a real treat in the waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with some of the most challenging rapids in the world. Float the mellow rapids of the 17 mile Toccoa River Canoe trail through the scenic wilderness, past the Swinging Bridge on to the pristine waters of Lake Blue Ridge where you can rent a pontoon to explore the cool deep waters or quietly cast a line for a great catch. The Toccoa River then passes through McCaysville becoming the Ocoee River, the most popular rafting river in the US. Ride the raging rapids or slide down the inviting rocks of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. For a quieter, mellower water adventure the family friendly Nantahala River has 8 miles of mild waters to float ending at the scenic Nantahala Falls.

The charming towns, spectacular mountain peaks and wild waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains are calling!