Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top Ten Blue Ridge Summer Experiences

1. Downtown Blue Ridge - Stroll though town and visit all the great little shops and restaurants. Find historic old buildings like the Baugh House and Art Center, Take a ride on a scenic railway or just sit on one of the many benches and watch the world go by. City Park is a great place to take a picnic. Get free Self-Guided Tours & maps by clicking here: Restaurants in Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge History - Downtown Blue Ridge Historic Walking Tour

2. Scenic Driving Tour #1, Mountains & Countryside - A twisty turny drive through beautiful mountain and river scenery. From the tumbling Toccoa River along Aska Road to the authentic Appalachian farm community of Dial to the deep forests along Hwy. 60, this drive has it all. It can take 2-4 hours, depending upon how many stops you make and how well you can handle these challenging mountain roads. Free Self-Guided Tour & map click here: Scenic Driving Tour #1- Mountains & Countryside
3. Shopping Fun - Little main streets in Blue Ridge and McCaysville/Copperhill plus the little towns of Mineral Bluff and Morganton have loads of unique shopping. All around the area you can find special spots and artist studios for one-of-a-kind purchases. We have free Self-Guided Tours & maps to area shopping spots. Click here: Shopping - Handmade, Homemade & Homegrown and Shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge and Shopping in Downtown McCaysville.
4. Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge on Highway 5 north just a mile and a half out of town. Southern Living Magazine’s favorite roadside apple market and more – best fried pies, home made ice cream and apple cider anywhere. U-Pick events are awesome family fun and a chance to go out in the orchards and pick your own fresh fruit. Expanded shopping holds all kinds of goods, from gourmet meats and specialties to birdhouses, to maps and books, to art, to all kinds of delectible take home foods. And fresh fruits galore. (706) 632-3411 or on the web at http://www.mercier-orchards.com and follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mercier-Orchards/108441886766
5. Lake Blue Ridge, Morganton Point - The crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge make it one of Georgia's most picturesque mountain lakes. The 3,290-acre lake and surrounding area boast over 90 national forest campsites, several boat ramps, a full-service marina and public swimming and picnic areas. 80 percent of the shoreline on Lake Blue Ridge is in the Chattahoochee National Forest, managed by the USDA Forest Service. Morganton Point Campground, in Morganton, features a public swimming area, along with 43 campsites, picnic tables and pavilion and a boat ramp. Take U.S. 515 north from Blue Ridge for 4 miles to GA 60; turn right (southwest) and go 3 miles to Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on County Road 616 for 1 mile. http://www.fs.fed.us/conf/mgntncmp.htm

6. Appalachian Trail, Three Forks - A junction of the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail is here. To get to the trailheads Go 13.5 miles south on Aska Road to its end. Turn right onto Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn left onto Doublehead Gap Road, cross a concrete bridge and come to a dirt gravel road. Continue on this road .3 miles to the intersection with dirt-gravel FS Road 58, intersecting sharply from the right. Turn right (continue east) into the forest and uphill 5.3 miles to Three Forks. Noontootla Creek is on the right as you ascend. The trail begins on the north side of the road (on the left) and starts as a gradual hike alongside Long Creek. There are three short ascents before reaching the blue blazed side trail to Long Creek Falls at 1.1 miles. Springer Mountain, the starting point of the Appalachian Trail on its 2,200 mile journey north to Maine is near by. You can start a 3.7 mile hike to Springer from Three Forks. Get good hiking advice, maps and gear at Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters on Main Street. And you can download our free hiking Self-Guided Tours & map for local hiking access points click here: Outdoor Adventure - Area Hiking Trails Access Points
7. Toccoa River Fun - From fishing to hiking to tubing to kayaking, the Toccoa River offers plenty of outdoor fun as it winds through the entire area.You can download 2 free Self-Guided Tours & maps to all the different recreational opportunites along the Toccoa River by clicking here: Water Spots - The Toccoa River south and Lake Blue RIdge and Water Spots north - Lake Blue Ridge Dam to Ocoee River
8. Waterfalls, including Amicalola Falls - Located within Amicalola State Park, the falls drop 729 feet in seven cascades; Amicalola is said to be the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. From Blue Ridge, take Hwy 515 south toward Ellijay. Turn left onto Hwy 52 East from Ellijay about 19 miles. Look for the left fork toward Amicalola Falls State Park. For a free Self-Guided Tour & map of all of our area waterfalls click here: Water Spots, Area Whitewater & Waterfalls
9. Summertime Rail Trips with Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - A 3.5 hour ride along the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge to McCaysville makes for great summer fun. Daily trips run during the summer and special excursions can be found on their web site. Also Raft & Rail adventures, twilight trips and more. 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA, 30513 (877) 413-8724; (706) 632-8724 or on the web at http://www.brscenic.com or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/blueridgescenicrailway
10. Rafting, Hiking & Biking at the Ocoee Whitewater Center - From Blue Ridge take Hwy 5 north to McCaysville, turn left on Hwy 68 and follow signs to Hwy 64. through Ducktown, Tenn. Built for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom Races, the center includes the Olympic race course, native gardens, paved walkways, hiking and biking trails, pools of water for wading or feeding fish and more. It's a great place to take a picnic. To make rafting reservations from Ocoee River outfitters, see our web site at www.blueridgemountains.com. (423) 496-0100 or (877) 692-6050 or on the web at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/ocoee/

1 comment:

  1. My wife and daughter will be accompanying me to the Lighting of Blue Ridge this year. This will be a first time experience for us all and Im sure our 17 month old daughter will enjoy it alot. If anyone has been before please write your experience as id love to read it. Looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend all ready. -Pick Apples, Mercier Orchards and Mountainview Orchards Wisata Bontang -- Kota bontang