The Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce has it easy for you to plan your trip to Blue Ridge, with lots of great info on activities and events,
packed up in easy to use on-the-go guides.
Family Activities in the Blue Ridge area
White Water Rafting on the Ocoee River
From late March to early November, Whitewater Rafting on the Olympic Ocoee River is an extremely popular attraction. Our rafting friends have sent roughly 300,000 people down the river each year, and that's a lot for a county whose general population is only 16,500 :) The Ocoee is quite a ride...it's class III and IV rapids are suitable only for ages 12 and older. If you have kids under 12 or just feel that the Ocoee is too rough, but still want to have some floating fun, the nearby Toccoa River in McCaysville, Georgia serves as a milder alternative. Also, the Hiwassee River in the north end of Polk County offers sort of an intermediate version of rafting...that is, milder than the Ocoee but not as placid as the Toccoa.
Blue Ridge Area Shopping
Growing numbers of tourists are coming to historic Blue Ridge, Copperhill and McCaysville to shop for Appalachian arts and crafts, pottery, quilts, antiques, mountain home furnishings, apples, smoked trout-- even hand-made alpaca sweaters and shawls. Artists are attracted to the North Georgia and East Tennessee Mountains because the peace and quiet, misty mountains and clear starry nights provide time, tranquility and inspiration for creating wonderful art, from traditional art and craft to contemporary painting and sculpture.
Examples -- blacksmithing, pottery making, wood carving, weaving, folk art and jewelry, handcrafted furniture, watercolor and oil painting, hand blown glass -- all and more are produced by fine local artists and craftsmen. High Country Art and Antiques, in downtown Blue Ridge, displays the work of nationally known painters, potters, and sculptors, along with a colorful array of folk art in the courtyard.
Antique shoppers can spend all the time they want browsing through a various number of shops and antique malls from Blue Ridge to McCaysville and back. Blue Ridge's Main Street is dotted with unique specialty shops, galleries and restaurants from one end to the other. In Fannin County, you can furnish a mountain cabin from top to bottom with period antiques, mountain furnishings and handmade twig furniture in the blink of an eye.
Don't forget to sample our southern food specialties! Mercier Orchards, one of the largest apple orchards in the southeast, grows 50 varieties of apples and makes delicious fried pies, apple cider doughnuts and apple bread from scratch. Take home some pickled okra, hot pepper jelly, locally smoked trout or sourwood honey. Buy some homegrown vegetables from a fruit stand or a pick-up truck. Or pick up a case of mountain water drawn and bottled right here in Fannin County!
Just north of Blue Ridge is the Ocooe River which is famous for the 1996 Olympic Kayaking Event and the Ocoee Whitewater Center. This beautiful facility was built for the Olympics but now acts as a welcome center. Just downstairs is a unique gift shop calledO's on the River. You can easily spend an afternoon shopping and walking around this incredible venue.
There are many more shops and boutiques in the Blue Ridge area. The companies listed above are companies that have exchanged links with Mountain Escapes Property Management and Cabin Rentals.
Ducktown Basin Museum
212 Burra Burra St.
Ducktown, TN 37326
(across from Mountain Escapes Office)
Come take a short but fascinating journey through a century-and-a-half of copper mining and everyday life in the historic Copper Basin, from the arrival of the area's earliest settlers through the closing of the last mine in 1987. The museum is located near the junction of U.S. 64 and Tennessee Highway 68 on the site of the old Burra Burra mine.
Lots of things to see and learn about at the Ducktown Basin Museum
A Collapsed Mine Shaft
Take a picture of your group in the Ore Scoop
Walk around the many buildings that were used in the mining process
Learn about all of the many byproducts of the mining process
Many pictures are displayed
Mine Shaft Replica
Miner's Drill - "State of the Art" at that time
Also known as the "Red Hills". See the impact mining had on this area.
150 Years of History in about an hour.
Adults $4.00 / Seniors $3.00 / Children $ .50
Call for group rates.
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