Local Area Guide: Things to Do / Activities / Attractions

Make the most of your Blue Ridge vacation. Check out our guide to the area's best whitewater rafting, scenic train rides, biking, ziplines, wine and more!

Catering/Chef Services

Check out these options if you need a personal chef, small cooking class or catering at your rental cabin

Ocoee Rafting Outfitters

Approximately 300,000 people raft the Ocoee every year. Mountain Escapes has more properties within 20 minutes of the Ocoee Outfitters

Horseback Riding

A more year-round activity that is one of our favorites is Horseback Riding. Nothing beats seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and East Tennessee in the saddle. All of the companies we recommend have healthy, well-trained horses that enjoy travelling through the wilderness. Each company is also staffed with competent guides who are good at matching you with a horse that is compatible with your personality, making the ride as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. In the fall, some of these companies also offer Hayrides.

Scenic Train Rides

Mountain Escapes Is Proud To Recommend These Scenic Train Rides In North Georgia, Blue Ridge Georgia, Ocoee River Tennessee. Escape To The Beautiful Mountains Of North Georgia And Take A Relaxing Train Ride On Either Of The Train Excursions In Blue Ridge Or The Hiwassee Gorge. Mountain Escapes Offers A Wide Variety Of Affordable Cabins And Lodging To Choose From. Most Of Our Cabins Are Convenient To The Scenic Train Rides Of The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway And The Hiwassee River Gorge Train Excursion.

Zipline and Canopy Tours

We only recommend the most reputable Companies for your Zip line and Canopy tours

Toccoa & Ocoee River Tubing and Kayak Rentals

Don`t want to Raft? Try Toccoa River Tubing in North Georgia, Blue Ridge Georgia and Ocoee River Tennessee areas. Escape to the beautiful mountains of north Georgia in Blue Ridge and the Ocoee River area. Mountain Escapes offers a wide variety of affordable cabins and properties to choose from. Most of our properties are convenient to the Ocoee River and the activities and festivals in Blue Ridge.

Mountain Bike Rental

Our area is home to the Tanasi Trail system and the Cohutta Wilderness. The famous Cohutta 100 mile Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike challenge taakes place here every year. Several other shorter distance on portions of this trails system. Come ride the best trails in the Southeast

Firewood - for campfire pits and Wood burning fireplaces or

Firewood for Wood burning fireplaces or Outdoor fire pits is not included in the nightly rate. You can bring your own or we can deliver an ample supply for a weekend stay for $35. You will need to provide your own starter log or kindling. We need at least 48 hrs notice for delivery.

Hiking Trails

Tanasi Trail System: Boasting more than 20 miles of trails, this trail system has it all. From a hike with history along the 2.4 mile restored segment of the Old Copper Road Trail, or an easy 1 mile stroll around the Olympic course at the Whitewater Center to a screaming 1.5 mile mountain bike ride on the Thunder Rock Express, mountain bikers and hikers alike will be challenged and rewarded when they reach the top of Bear Paw Loop and travel Chestnut Mountain Trail to sites that overlook the Whitewater Center and the Ocoee River. Aska Trail System: This trail area includes a 17 mile hiking/mountain biking trail system in the National Forest close to some of our mountain cabin rentals. The trails are accessed off of Aska Road with parking near Deep Gap in Blue Ridge. The trails range from 1 to 5.5 miles and offer a range of difficulty. For more information on these trials, we recommend a visit to the Blue Ridge, GA chamber of commerce site www.blueridgemountains.com. Meanwhile, here are some initial details on some of the trails: Deer Gap Trail: located off of Aska Road- advanced hiking trail and/or single track mountain biking trail. Flat Creek Trail: 4 mile hiking trail (the loop is 5.9 mile single-track trail); approximately 1.5 hours over creek crossings and rocks with great vistas. Green Mountain Trail: 4.6 mile easy to moderate hiking trail; leaves from Deep Gap in the Aska Adventure area and takes approximately 2 hours; Offers views overlooking Lake Blue Ridge. Lake Blue Ridge Trail: 0.6 mile easy hiking trail; Flat trail that follows the lake’s shoreline and is ideal for families with children. Long Branch Trail: 2.3 mile easy hiking trail loop with double track for mountain bikers; Approximately 0.5 hours over an old roadbed with a creek crossing and excellent views. Stanley Gap Trail: 4.6 mile moderate to difficult steep hiking trail with access off of Stanley Creek Road; Approximately 1.5 hours with a 3,365 elevation; Recommended to leave a second car at the end of the trail. Stanley Creek Loop: 1.4 mile easy, gravel Forest service’s road with single track; Approximately 1 hour; Takes you along Stanley Creek. Water Falls off of Stanley Creek Road: a 20 minute hike up to the falls with moderate elevation change makes this a great hike for people across all skill levels. Rich Mountain Wilderness Preserve: Experienced hike where it is suggested that hikers carry topographical maps, compass and survival gear. This area has a large bear population; Trail crosses several streams and also along waterfalls. Cohutta National Forest District Trails: This trail area includes over 95 miles of hiking trails within Georgia and Tennessee. If interested in hiking these trails, we recommend for you to get a map and check river and weather conditions from the US Forest Service via: www.fs.fed.us/air/ orwww.fs.fed.us/maps/. Meanwhile, see below for some details on a few of the Cohutta trails. South Fork Trail & Loop: 3 mile moderate, US Forest Service hiking and mountain biking trail; Approximately 1.5 hours across an old logging roadbed. For the loop, add about 1.5 hours to traverse another 5.2 miles on a gravel forest road alongside a waterfall Benton MacKaye Trail: 78.6 mile trail that can be subdivided into day hikes and is suitable for hiking and some mountain biking. One section of the trail takes you across the Swinging Bridge, the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi. One of the most popular hiking trails in the area and stretches from Springer Mountain to Double Spring Gap on the Tennessee border. The first 20 miles of this trail merge with the Appalachian Duncan Ridge Trails. Panther Creek Trail: 3.4 mile, moderately difficult to strenuous hiking trail with some rocky sections, that is both popular and scenic; Highlights include a high waterfall. Beech Bottom Trail: 4.0 mile, easy to moderately difficult hiking trail; Heavily used and provides access to other

Guided Trout Fishing

Guided Trout Fishing on the Toccoa River Mountain Escapes is your source for Ocoee River Kayaking and Toccoa River Trout Fishing. Escape to the beautiful mountains of north Georgia in Blue Ridge. Mountain Escapes offers a wide variety of affordable rental cabins and properties to choose from. Most of our cabin rentals are convenient to the Guided fly fishing trips and Toccoa River Trout Fishing Blue Ridge, GA, 30513 706-632-7051; 706-455-2074 Natalie Sharp http://www.sharperbites.com

Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking

Open 7 days a week Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking offers top of the line tubes as well as single and tandem kayaks. Your adventure will begin at your choice of three destination spots. You can paddle, glide or just float down the beautiful Toccoa River and back to us in Copperhill Tennessee. You will cruise beneath two beautiful bridges, through two different states and through the heart of the city of McCaysville Georgia. Take your time and enjoy the ride or paddle your heart out, either way, we guarantee you will love the ride and the beauty of the river and surrounding scenery.
Location: McCaysville GA
Phone: 706-258-2411