Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Downtown Blue Ridge at the Historic Depot. Ride the train alongside the beautiful Toccoa River. Fun for the whole family.

Total excursion is 26 miles (4 hours roundtrip) winding along the beautiful Toccoa River in passenger’s choice of vintage, climate controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars arriving in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.

www.brscenic.com

Downtown Blue Ridge Park

Play in Downtown Blue Ridge Park

Charming park right in the center of Downtown Blue Ridge. Picnic tables, playground and gazebo. Watch out for chickens!

Blue Ridge is a center for arts and galleries, antiques, unique shopping and eateries.

Huck’s General Store

Visit Huck’s General Store

Fill your bag with “penny candy” at Huck’s General Store, a special place for kids and adults too.

Huck’s is an old-time general store located on Main Street in the quaint town of Blue Ridge.

www.hucksgeneralstore.com

  •  Sweets and Treats

    While you’re in downtown Blue Ridge, enjoy a smoothie at L & L Beanery, buy your pet a present at Dogs & Cats Too! Treat yourself and the kids to some homemade fudge at the Chocolate Express, an ice cream cone at Three Sisters Fudge or, a cupcake at The Sweet Shoppe.

  • Take a Family Picture

    Create lasting memories with a fun family photo shoot at River Junction Olde Tyme Portraits and Family Photos, 662 East Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge.

  • Visit Apple Orchards

    Mercier Orchards is only 1 mile from Blue Ridge on Georgia Highway 5. Tractor tours and u-pick strawberries, blueberries and apples in season. Yummy fried pies, apple cider, apples, peaches, jams and preserves. Grab a boxed lunch for your picnic. Visit the new fishing pond for the kids. There are also several apple orchards in Ellijay’s famed Apple Alley off Hwy 52 West between Ellijay and Dahlonega.

  • Find the Georgia / Tennessee Line

    Downtown McCaysville. Look for the Blue Line and stand in two states at one time!

  • Picnic at Horseshoe Bend Park on the River

    McCaysville on Hwy 60. Pretty park located in the bend of the Toccoa River on River Road. Fishing, playground, covered picnic tables, restrooms. Pickin’ in the Park on Thursday evenings, May through September.

  • Go Whitewater Rafting

    Ages 12 and older. Raft the wild Ocoee River just 30 minutes from Blue Ridge. Class 3 – 5 rapids and non-stop action.

  • The Lilly Pad Village

    Located 7.5 miles from Blue Ridge on Aska Road. Gem Mining, fishing (poles and bait provided) and a round of mini golf in the woods! Lots of maily fun to be had here.

  • Rent a Pontoon Boat

    Rent a pontoon boat at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina and spend the day on beautiful Lake Blue Ridge.

  • Swim at Morganton

    Point Recreation Area on Lake Blue Ridge with fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and camping. Pebble beach – wear water shoes. Paved boat ramp. Take Hwy. 515 north from Blue Ridge to Hwy. 60/Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on Lake Drive, go one mile.

  • Tube or Kayak the Toccoa River

    Fun for all ages. Toccoa Valley Campground on Aska Road; Rolling Thunder River Company, Toccoa River Adventures and Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking in McCaysville

  • Tube or Kayak the Cartecay River in Ellijay

    Cartecay Adventures 706-531-GRIN

  • Go Horseback Riding

    Lots of choices of stables in Ellijay, Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Riding for all ages, plus hayrides and overnight trips. Ask the Welcome Center for a list of riding stables or just google horseback riding in your city of choice.

  • Catch a Fish

    Fish for trout at Tammen Park or Horseshoe Bend on the Toccoa River or bass or brim in Lake Blue Ridge at Morganton Point or, along the Cartecay River in Ellijay.

  • Visit the Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery

    Visitor center and exhibits on raising trout, as well as a large insect display. Fish Rock Creek while you’re there. Open all year, Monday – Friday. Off Highway 60 between Morganton and Dahlonega.

  • Explore the Ocoee Whitewater Center

    Site of the 1996 Kayak competition in the Olympics. Hiking trails, swimming holes, nature exhibits, legacy bridge. Highway 64 between Ducktown TN and Cleveland TN.

  • Go to a Drive-In Movie

    Enjoy a drive-in movie at the Swan Drive-in, one of Georgia’s four remaining drive in theaters. 706-632-5235. Get there early – it fills up fast when the weather warms up!

  • Go Hiking

    Hike Bear Creek Recreation Area in Ellijay, Aska Trails on Aska Road in Blue Ridge or visit the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River on Hwy 60 south of Morganton. Take a guided hike by Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters, Benton MacKaye Trail Assn. or The Lilly Pad.

  • Visit the Burra Burra Mine

    See a real copper mine at the Ducktown Museum off Highway 64 in Ducktown TN.

  • Go Ziplining

    Have a blast a Firewire Zip Lines and the Blue Ridge Canopy Tour. Also, Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. Or try out the canopy tour and Wildwater Rafting on the Ocoee.

  • Go Mountain Biking

    Bear Creek Recreation Area and the Pinhoti Trail and two favorites in the area. Folks travel for miles to ride these gems!

  • Visit Georgia’s Highest Waterfall

    Amicalola Falls, Hwy. 52 near Ellijay is Georgia’s highest waterfall and tallest in the southeast. Hike or drive to the falls. This is also the beginning of the approach to Springer Mountain…the start of the infamous Appalachian Trail!

  • Atlanta Metro Area

    Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks games, Atlanta Aquarium, Fernbank Museum, Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, White Water Waterpark, World of Coca Cola, Zoo Atlanta and more!

  • Chattanooga, TN Area

    Southern Bell Riverboat, Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls, Rock City, Incline Railway, Lake Winnepesaukah. Beautiful downtown area with local restaurants.

  • Swim at Morganton

    Point Recreation Area on Lake Blue Ridge with fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and camping. Pebble beach – wear water shoes. Paved boat ramp. Take Hwy. 515 north from Blue Ridge to Hwy. 60/Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on Lake Drive, go one mile.