Blue Ridge, Georgia is one of the most popular family destinations in Georgia. It is located 90 miles north of Atlanta in Fannin County on the North Carolina and Tennessee state lines and surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 40 percent of the county’s land is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Whether you stay for a day, a weekend, or a month, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Fun Things to do with Kids in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Ride the train alongside the beautiful Toccoa River for a fun excursion from Blue Ridge to the quaint town of McCaysville and its twin city, Copperhill, Tennessee. The train departs from the 100-year-old historic Depot in downtown Blue Ridge. In downtown, McCaysville take a family selfie at the Georgia/Tennessee Line. Look for the Blue Line which marks the spot where Georgia ends and Tennessee begins.
Visit Huck’s General Store
Huck’s General Store is a fun place to visit with the kids. When you come in the front door you see wooden barrels filled to the brim with candy. Kids (and adults, too) can grab a tin bucket and fill it with “old-fashioned penny candy” favorites—bubble gum, peppermints, fireballs, lemon heads, mini peppermint patties, and more. There are also cane-sugar sodas and water, lollipops, jellies and jams, old-fashioned toys, and interesting goodies. (We saw bacon suckers, pickle gumballs, and other concoctions.) You can see the train from the back patio, and hear the whistle as he leaves the station.
Sample local Sweets and Treats
Lots of great shops can be found in downtown Blue Ridge where you can indulge your sweet tooth. Treat yourself and the kids to some homemade fudge at the Chocolate Express or Three Sisters Fudge (or both.) How about a cupcake at The Sweet Shoppe. The Sweet Shoppe won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2014. And don’t forget your fur baby! You can buy the family pet a treat at Love Dogs & Cats Too!
Take a Tractor Ride at Mercier Orchards
Mercier Orchards is family-owned and celebrating 70 years of harvests. But this is not one of those little orchard stands you see along the roads in Georgia. Mercier Orchards is one of the South’s largest orchards. It offers tractor tours and u-pick strawberries, blueberries and apples in season. There’s a huge shop with section of baked goods to fudge to ice cream, yummy fried pies, apple cider, apples, peaches, jams and preserves. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy a country breakfast or grab a boxed lunch for your picnic. The Mercier Orchards Farm Market Mercier measures 20,000 square feet inside. They have pretty much anything you can think that’s made of apples.
See a Drive-In Movie
Enjoy a drive-in movie at the Swan Drive-in, one of Georgia’s four remaining drive-in theaters, Try the BP Weenie Dog from the concessions stand. The Swan is a cash-only establishment, so make sure you hit the ATM before you go!
Play a Round of Mini Golf
Play a round of putt-putt golf at Cohutta Cove Mini Golf at Cohutta Country Store. This is a simple, small mini golf course – but it’s great family fun! Very clean and modern. Also while you’re there, you can do a little gem mining. There are lots of gems (aventurine, topaz, smokey, sodalite, quartz, rose quartz, moonstone, calcite, peridot, crystal points, amethyst, citrine, ruby, sapphire, emerald, pyrite, raspberry quartz, obsidian, fluorite and garnet. and even gold flakes.)
Camp, Fish, Swim, Kayak, Paddleboard, or Pontoon Lake Blue Ridge
The crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge make it one of Georgia’s most picturesque mountain lakes. Not only is it beautiful but there are lots of things for families to do. Morganton Point is the place to take the kids to the “beach” to swim. Bring water shoes for the pebble beach. The beach area has a concession stand, kayak and paddle board rentals, public bathrooms and showers. The recreation area offers a boat ramp, 43 unit campground and picnic area with covered pavilion. You can also rent a pontoon, a paddleboard or pedal boat at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina and spend the day on the most beautiful lake in the mountains.
Have a High Flying Adventure
Ziplines and canopy tours are great ways to experience the adventure of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Have a blast at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge, located on 165 acres of beautiful countryside, only six miles from downtown Blue Ridge. Located just 1 mile from downtown Blue Ridge is Blue Ridge Aerial Adventure Park, an obstacle challenge course in the air featuring suspended bridges, tightropes, climbing walls, ziplines, and other fun obstacles for every age and ability. These invigorating obstacle courses let you enjoy over 50 obstacles ranging from moderate to extreme difficulty. Some of these obstacles are 125+ feet long ziplines.
This park is the perfect place for you to go with your kiddos to burn off some steam with a side of adventure. This high ropes course offers a unique birds eye view of the beautiful landscape that is found all around you. In addition to the challenging high ropes area Blue Ridge Adventure Park also offers a zip line activity if you’d rather opt for less of a thrill.
The Blue Ridge Adventure Park requires reservations and is only open certain days, calling ahead is a must for this activity in Blue Ridge!
Hike the Appalachian Trail, Benton Makaye Trail, and More
The Appalachian Trail, better known and longer of the trails, begins a 2,000+ mile journey to Maine through many of the states on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The Benton MacKaye Trail, more remote than the Appalachian, begins a 286-mile trek along the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, rejoining the AT in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Other great family hikes include the Aska Trails or visit the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River.
Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt – Geocaching
Want to go on a unique adventure in Georgia’s Blue Ridge? Geocaching is a fun and exciting way to discover some of the most amazing places in the area. Geocaching is a kind of high tech outdoor treasure hunt, where you use a GPS unit to track down. Once you find it, you can participate in the fun and goodies that are hidden within. Take something, leave something, sign the logbook are the basic rules of the game.
Winter, summer, spring and fall, Blue Ridge, GA is simply beautiful. Winter is cool and quiet with occasional snow. Spring is best for trout fishing, wildflowers, blooming dogwoods and native azaleas. Summer brings a profusion of mountain laurel and rhododendron blossoms, along with warmer water for tubing & rafting. Blue Ridge is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest and the glorious color of fall, or to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.