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By saving destinations to your Backpack, you will have them ready for your trip.  While you are on your journey, you can pull up your backpack on a laptop, a tablet or your phone, and have a photo, information, GPS coordinates and a link to a Google map for each destination chosen.  Why waste time on your trip looking up destinations while on the road when you can bring them with you and save time.

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Should you change your mind, or want to plan another trip, just go to "Your Backpack" and click - Remove from my Backpack , and you will be able to remove any or all destinations you chose.

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Welcome Center

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Fannin County Welcome Center

Fannin County Welcome Center

Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia's Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge is located on the North Carolina – Tennessee line, only 1.5 hours north of Atlanta via I-575, within easy reach of the best attractions in the mountains of north Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

Our welcome center is open for you to supply you with brochures, maps and helpful information to make your visit the best you will ever have.

152 Orvin Lance Drive  • Blue Ridge, GA. 30513  • 706.632.5680
www.BlueRidgeMountains.com

Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  •  Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Latitude:  34.874994934°    52' 29.98'' N

Longitude:  -84.298996684°    17' 56.39'' W

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Elevation:  483.91 m

Featured Galleries, Shopping Theater

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BRMAA - Art Center

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Over 500 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association member artists showcase their work at The Art Center in one of our numerous galleries: Mark Mahan Gallery, Lobby Gallery, Richard Low Evans Gallery, Studio Gallery, Piano Gallery, Atrium Gallery, John & Evelyn Branch Gallery, and the Ballet Gallery.

With over 2500 artworks on display, The Art Center has become a major gallery in the North Georgia Mountains. We are the “Galleries on West Main.”

10am - 4pm Tuesday - Thursday • 10am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday • Closed Sunday & Monday

420 West Main Street • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706.632.2144 • blueridgearts@gmail.comBlueRidgeArts.net

 

Latitude:  34.863742034° 51' 49.47" N

Longitude:  -84.326926084° 19' 36.93" W

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Elevation:  532.18 m


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Pezrok Nature's Artistry

Pezrok Nature's Artistry

Neither painter nor sculptor can surpass nature’s artistry. At Pezrok, you’ll discover more than just an upscale “rock shop.” We celebrate Earth’s terrestrial treasures in a setting as unique as nature itself. .

Stop in today for museum-quality minerals … stunning fossils … spectacular driftwood … singular jewelry … and a shopping experience second to none!

Hours
Monday Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 5:00
Closed Wednesday
Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 6:00   •  Sunday 11:00 - 5:00
Hours are subject to change and/or be extended during holidays and special events

524 E. Main Street • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706.632.6036 • pezrok@gmail.comFacebook.com/Pezrok

 

Latitude:  34.867591034°    52' 3.33" N

Longitude: -84.322558084°    19' 21.21" W

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Elevation:  520.67 m


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Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater invites you to
"Come Out and Play"

Blue Ridge Community Theater has been producing theater for 15 years and bought their own building in 2008 in order to better serve the community. Our theater has 171, all new extra wide theater seats and we’re concessions friendly— all new seats with cup holders.

2015 we will be hosting 7 Main Stage shows and 12 performances for each show, 13 evenings of music along with 13 Sunny D Performance, our Children's Theater Program.

2591 East First Street  • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706.632.9223 • info@blueridgecommunitytheater.com

www.BlueRidgeArts.net

Latitude:  34.852476034°   51' 8.91'' N

Longitude:  -84.331727084° 19' 54.22'' W

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Elevation:  523.74 m

Featured Lodging

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Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals

Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals

Escape and relax in one of our privately owned cabin rentals in the Blue Ridge, North Georgia Mountains. Or enjoy one of our luxury North Georgia cabin rentals on the Ocoee River in Tennessee or near Lake Blue Ridge in North Georgia.

Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals offers luxury North Georgia cabin rentals for family vacations, group visits or just a quiet Georgia mountain retreat. We provide the perfect accommodations for your visit to our Blue Ridge Georgia Mountains, the Ocoee River and Toccoa River or Lake Blue Ridge.

224 Blue Ridge Drive • McCaysville, GA 30555
706.964.6032 •  keriwilliams@etcmail.com

 www.CuddleUpCabinRentals.com

Latitude:  34.863742034°   51' 49.47'' N

Longitude:  -84.326926084°   19' 36.93'' W

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Elevation:  532.18 m


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Blue Ridge Lodge & Suites

Blue Ridge Lodge & Suites

We are conveniently located one and a half hours north of downtown Atlanta, GA as well as one and a half hours south of Chattanooga, TN. Whether traveling for business or a quite mountain getaway, it's here you will find sou will experience during your stay with us, will be one to remember, that's our goal. Our mountain lodge style architecture provides the warmth and comfort of your "home away from home" with all the amenities you would expect from a first class hotel. Escape to our beautiful North Georgia Mountains as we invite you to experience true southern hospitality.

83 Blue Ridge Overlook • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706.946.3333 •  info@comfortinnofblueridge.com

 www.ComfortInnOfBlueRidge.com

Latitude:  34.874838034°   34° 52' 29.42'' N

Longitude:  -84.326786084°   84° 19' 36.43'' W

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Elevation:  563.08 m


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Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals

Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals

Escape the stress of your daily life and enjoy the year-round peaceful surroundings of all of our upscale, privately owned North Georgia mountain cabins. All of our cabins are furnished with tasteful, cabin decor and have all the amenities needed to make your stay a comfortable one. Our cabins feature gas log or wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, gas grills, Cable/Satellite TV and high-speed Internet. Some of our cabins have game or entertainment rooms.

We offer cabins with a variety of views, from the secluded woods of the Aska Adventure Area to the clear, trout-filled waters of the Toccoa River.. Our cabins feature gas log or wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, gas grills, Cable/Satellite TV and high-speed Internet.

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Douglas Inn & Suites

Douglas Inn & Suites

Our affordable accommodations offer the comforts of home with our spacious suites featuring a private bedroom with one queen bed, fully amenitized kitchen and large living room. The living room also has a queen sofa sleeper if you need extra sleeping space. For larger parties we can adjoin a Suite to a double queen room. That gives you 2 baths, 3 TV's, 3 queen beds and the queen sofa sleeper which can accommodate up to 8 individuals comfortably. For those travelers who just need a place to rest their head, our single units with 2 queen beds will fit you perfectly.

1192 Windy Ridge Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706.258.3600
•  douglasinn.blueridge@gmail.com

www.DouglasInnBlueRidge.com

Latitude:  34.873204034°   52' 23.53'' N

Longitude:  -84.315020084°   18' 54.07'' W

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Elevation:  532.18 m


Featured Realtors

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Country Corners Realty

Country Corners

Welcome to Country Corners Realty in the North Georgia Mountains. We are located just north of Blue Ridge, Georgia (The Gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains). You will find all your real estate needs here. We offer mountain log cabins, view property, river and creek property, lake front homes and property and large tracts of North Georgia Mountain Property.

224 Blue Ridge Drive • McCaysville, GA 30555
706.964.6470 • info@realestate-northgeorgia.com

www.Realestate-NorthGeorgia.com

 

Latitude:  34.863742034°   51' 49.47'' N

Longitude:  -84.326926084°   19' 36.93'' W

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Elevation:  532.18 m


Lake Blue Ridge

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Lake Blue Ridge - Fannin County Georgia

Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County Ga
camping fishing Jet ski Swimming boat launch picnicking bathrooms

Boating, fishing and other watersports bring a steady flow of seasonal visitors to the 3,290 acre lake with over 100 miles of Lake Blue Ridge shoreline. Summer homes, as well as year-round residences occupy some of the Lake Blue Ridge shores.  There are several boat ramps, a public swimming and picnic areas. Blue Ridge reservoir is 11 miles long and has 65 miles of shoreline, 25 percent of which is developed, 80 percent of the shoreline on Lake Blue Ridge is in the Chattahoochee National Forest, managed by the USDA Forest Service.

Forest service recreation areas include the Lake Blue Ridge Campground, off Aska Road in Blue Ridge, which has 90 campsites, a picnic area, boat ramp and loop trail along the lake shore. Morganton Point Campground, in Morganton, features a public swimming area, along with 43 campsites, picnic tables and pavilion and a boat ramp. Another boat ramp is available at Lakewood Landing near Morganton.

Latitude:  34.861690034°    51' 42.08'' N

Longitude:  -84.257733084°    15' 27.84'' W

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Elevation:  517.70 m


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Lake Blue Ridge
Morganton Point - Fannin County Georgia

Blue Ridge GA
camping fishing Jet ski Swimming boat launch picnicking bathrooms

Visitors along this point of Lake Blue Ridge will find 43-campsites, 8 picnic sites, a pavilion and boat launch and a sizable beach head with a lifeguard on duty during the summer camping season. This site is one of the broadest and most beautiful views of the waters of Lake Blue.

Another boat ramp is available at Lakewood Landing near Morganton.

Latitude:  34.867935034°    52' 4.57" N

Longitude: 84.248300984°    14' 53.88" W

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Elevation:  522.02 m


Toccoa River

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Toccoa River - Fannin County Georgia

Toccoa River
fishing Canoeing

The Toccoa River flows through the very heart and length of Fannin County. Above Lake Blue Ridge the Toccoa River is stocked with trout regularly. Below the dam the catching is usually plentiful. Many anglers like to float-fish from the dam downstream to McCaysville. Water levels can rise suddenly, you would be advised to check the dates and times for water releases from Blue Ridge Dam at 800-238-2264 before your trip.

Fishing is allowed on segments of the Toccoa River where one or both sides are National Forest System Lands, provided anglers are legally licensed and comply with all state fishing regulations.

Otherwise you must obtain permission from private property owners to access the river or even fish from a boat, should it be privately owned on both sides of the river.  The local forestry office can help you with that info, Toccoa Ranger District, 6050 Appalachian Highway, Blue Ridge, GA, 706-632-3031.

Latitude:  34.783962034°    47' 2.26'' N

Longitude:-84.259256084°    15' 33.32'' W

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Elevation: 536.00 m


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Toccoa River Boat Launch

Swinging Bridge on the
Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trail

fishing Canoeing

This river access below the dam is across from the historic powerhouse.

Float fishing and canoeing are popular along this picturesque river as it crosses the county in its northward journey through the mountains.

 

Latitude:  34.886698234°   53' 12.11'' N

Longitude:  -84.282431484°  16' 56.75'' W

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Elevation:  477.01 m


Coopers Creek Scenic Area

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Coopers Creek Scenic Area
Chattahoochee NF - Fannin County Access

Coopers Creek Fannin County Access

fishing tubing Canoeing hiking tent camping trailer camping clean drinking water bathrooms or outhouses

This scenic wildlife and water management area of 1,240-acres within a total of 34,000-acres offers an old growth forest area, trout stocked steams for fishing, numerous hiking and biking trails along with canoeing (water levels must be considered.)

Seventeen campsites are available at the Coopers Creek Recreation Area accommodating tents or trailers up to 22-feet plus 11 campsites at Coopers Creek's Mulky Campground (open late March thru October 31.) Both campgrounds have drinking water and sanitary facilities. Forestry road scenic drives include Loop Drive, Mulky Gap Drive and Fanny Gap Drive.

 

Latitude:  34.761482034°    45' 41.34'' N

Longitude:  -84.108946084°   6' 32.21'' W

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Elevation:  627.57 m


Creeks in Fannin County

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Stanley Creek - Fannin County Georgia

Stanley Creek

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Stanley Creek Road just off Aska Road follows Stanley Creek to the very heart of the Aska Trail - Rich Mountain Wilderness.

A short distance from the main roadway along Stanley Creek Road the pavement ends as the roadway follows a gravel-dirt forestry road to access points along Stanley Creek.

Latitude:  34.781950034°   46' 55.02'' N

Longitude:  -84.306955084°   18' 25.04'' W

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Elevation:  636.75 m


Waterfalls in Fannin County

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Fall Branch Falls

Benton MacKaye Trail to Fall Branch Falls

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The trail head to Benton MacKaye and Fall Branch Falls, borders the historic farm and house of Forest Service Fire Warden Garfield Stanley along Stanley Creek Road. You will find trail signage near the bridge.

Benton MacKaye Trail forms a 250-mile loop following sections of the Appalachian Trail thru North Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is named after Benton MacKaye the “Father of the Appalachian Trail.”  There are numerous points along the trail that are accessible form roadways and forest roads.

To reach the falls visitors hike up a section of the Benton MacKaye Trail along the Fall Branch creek, it's about a 15-minute hike up a moderately strenuous trail. A short trail to the visible falls lies to the right. The return trip to the parking area is all downhill.

A viewing deck is available for picture perfect photos. Continuing up the Benton MacKaye Trail a short distance brings visitors to the top of the falls with a small picnic and/or campsite about 30-yards above the falls.

 

Latitude:  34.788087034°   47' 17.11'' N

Longitude:  -84.320921084° 19' 15.32'' W

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Elevation:  886.73 m


Trails in Fannin County

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Aska Trail Access

Aska Trail Access

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Just south of Blue Ridge in Fannin County at Deep Gap is the Aska Trail, a 17-mile hiking and biking trail that ascends to 3,200-ft offering beautiful views of mountain ridges and Lake Blue Ridge below.

 

Latitude:  34.813091034°   48' 47.13'' N

Longitude:  -84.290413084°   17' 25.49'' W

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Elevation:  591.94 m


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Benton MacKaye Trail
Duncan Ridge Trail Access
Chattahoochee NF

Benton MacKaye Trail

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Two renowned mountain trails, Benton MacKaye Trail and Duncan Ridge Trail share the same path at this access point just of GA 60; parking is limited.

Benton MacKaye Trail forms a 250-mile loop following sections of the Appalachian Trail thru North Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is named after Benton MacKaye the “Father of the Appalachian Trail”.  There are numerous points along the trail that are accessible form roadways and forest roads.

Duncan Ridge Trail extends along Duncan Ridge from Fannin through Union County's Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is accessible from several roadways and forestry roads.

In addition these combined trails converging at GA 60 also offers an access point along a bumpy forestry road that leads to the famed swinging bridge that's suspended over the Toccoa River.

 

Latitude:  34.766062034°   45' 57.82'' N

Longitude:  -84.152218084°    9' 7.98'' W

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Elevation:  655.30 m


Swinging Bridge on the Benton MacKaye

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Swinging Bridge on the
Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trail

Swinging Bridge on the
Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trail

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This 265 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. Just south of Skeenah Gap Road along GA 60 is a forestry road and trail crossing for the Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trail. The forestry road is located along the west side of GA 60. To reach the swinging bridge you can follow this rough and bumpy forestry road for three miles and park at the end of the road.

In 1976 the Forest Service, along with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club replaced a dangerous ford of the Toccoa River in this area. The bridge, built by a private contractor, was completed in 1977 and has become a landmark in Fannin County and a popular camping spot in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

A hike from the parking area to the swinging bridge and Toccoa River takes about 5-minutes and is moderate in difficulty to hike.

 

Latitude:  34.736836034°   44' 12.61'' N

Longitude:  -84.167237084°   10' 2.05'' W

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Elevation:  580.55 m


Shallowford Bridge

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Shallowford Bridge

Shallowford Bridge in Fannin County Georgia

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Located along Aska Road in the small mountain community of Due in Fannin County, is the Shallowford Bridge. This section near the bridge is a popular river access for fishing, tubing and canoe takeout.

 

Latitude:  34.783863034°   47' 1.91'' N

Longitude:  -84.259045784°   15' 32.56'' W

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Elevation:  539.84 m


Chattahoochee NF Fish Hatchery

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Chattahoochee National Forest Fish Hatchery

Chattahoochee National Forest Fish Hatchery
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Located 5-miles off GA 60 this hatchery produces approximately 850,000 rainbow trout annually. Spawning operation are not a part of the hatchery, fertilized eggs are shipped here for incubation and development before being released into the streams, rivers and lakes of the Chattahoochee National Forestry. A fascinating site kids and adult fishing enthusiasts.

Visitors can fish with a license along Rock Creek and Rock Creek Lake near the hatchery.

Nearby Frank Gross Campground has 11 campsites for tents and trailers up to 22-feet, drinking water, picnic tables and sanitary facilities are available.

Latitude:  34.746774034°   44' 48.39'' N

Longitude:  -84.185106084°   11' 6.38'' W

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Elevation:  620.71 m


Ocoee White Water Center

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Ocoee White Water Center

Ocoee White Water Center
camping fishing Swimming boat launch picnicking rafting bathrooms

The highly acclaimed white water river gorge consist of several class IV and IV+ rapids with commercial only rafting companies available to the public plus open access to individual kayakers and Slalom canoe adventures. The Ocoee River White Water Center and parklands hosted the 1996 Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak event.

Other points of interest along the river are hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, a lake, the Ocoee Scenic Byway. Historic sites include a wood dam, elevated water-box, and a power plant and remnants of the Old Copper Road.

The Ocoee River is located in the tri-state area of Eastern Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina.

Ocoee River Gorge / Cherokee NF
4400 Highway 64 • Copperhill TN 37317
423.496.0100

Latitude:  35.0667970    35° 4' 0.47'' N

Longitude:  -84.4613370    84° 27' 40.81'' W

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Elevation:  383.33 m


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