Monday, June 30, 2014

Wet and Wild Adventures This Summer in Georgia's Blue Ridge

Now that summertime is officially in full-swing, it’s the perfect time to dive in to all the water-
related adventures to be had in Blue Ridge and Fannin County! The Toccoa River, one of Georgia’s most pristine trout streams, has its headwaters in Union County, flows into Fannin County and becomes the major feeder stream for Blue Ridge Lake. It resumes its flow below the Blue Ridge dam and travels north into Tennessee, where it is known as the Ocoee River. Water quality is good and trout fishing is excellent! Add beautiful scenery and mild rapids and you have the perfect environment for canoeing, tubing, fishing, camping and all kinds of outdoor recreation.

We’re known for many things in Blue Ridge, and our superior fishing is one of them. Lake Blue Ridge is the only small-mouth bass lake in Georgia and the only lake in the state where you can
catch a Muskie, a game fish of the Pike family. Lake Blue Ridge is 3,290-acres, providing over 100 miles of mostly public shoreline. The surrounding area has National Forest campsites, several boat ramps, a full service marina and public swimming and picnic areas, including Morganton Point and Lake Blue Ridge Recreation areas. All kind of water adventures are available on Lake Blue Ridge from fishing to pontoon boating, waterskiing, kayaking or just picnicking and relaxing on the shores of this gorgeous mountain lake. Get more information on water adventures in Lake Blue Ridge and on the Toccoa River by checking out our downloadable guide.

Whether you’re a fan of riding the bubbling rapids or just viewing the awesome power of mountain waterfalls, you can sate your thirst right here in Georgia’s Blue Ridge! Home to the 1996 Olympic whitewater events, the Ocoee River Rapids are world-class water. This is a great place to bring a picnic, do advanced paddling, go hiking or biking. If you prefer to stay dry, we have miles and miles of trails to beautiful and pristine waterfalls in the area, including Amicalola Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and many more! View our Whitewater andWaterfalls guide, color-coded with information about difficulty and accessibility.

The coast is nice and all, but sometimes you’d just rather spend the hotter months of the year dipping your toes in cool, crystal mountain water! And if you’re looking for a place to cool off this summer, Blue Ridge, Georgia has got you covered.