It’s hard to imagine anything more tranquil, peaceful, powerful and appealing than a waterfall. And if one is good, many are better. Fortunately, in Blue Ridge and Fannin County, there is an abundance of rushing water, and impressive elevations – and, thanks to gravity, it all inevitably leads to waterfalls in various forms or fashion – all about 30 minutes’ drive from town.
Starting with waterfalls closest to downtown Blue Ridge, Long Creek Falls provides easy access and an impressive view of a 50-foot drop in two sections. The bonus here is that the falls are at the intersection of the Appalachian and the Benton MacKaye trails, both of which offer a reasonable, but not daunting hike in.
Also nearby, is the upper part of Fall Branch Falls, which is a series of cascading waterfalls leading to a single drop of about 30 feet into a deep pool at the base of the falls. Fall Branch is a slightly less dramatic drop, but the hike is more challenging and the sound of cascading falls along the trail can be heard before it’s seen.
Just north of Blue Ridge, close to Morganton, Sea Creek Falls rewards a hiker’s driving indulgence with a short walk to a series of steep cascades. Like Long Falls, Sea Creek drops in two sections, and at high water times of the year (usually later winter and early spring) these cascading waterfalls are enormously impressive.
It’s not a well-known fact that the Blue Ridge Mountains are older than the Rockies, but it explains the softer and relatively less severe ridge lines, thanks to centuries of weather wearing away the rough edges. Still, there are areas in these mountains that feature geological fissures affording deep drops and in the case of Amicalola Falls, just south of Ellijay, the result is a 729-foot cascading waterfall, the steepest east of the Mississippi.
Amicalola can be accessed by way an arduous hike from Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, or by car through Amicalola State Park. If you choose the State Park route, there are a few viewing options – 1) drive to the top of the falls and look down; 2) walk up the meandering staircase, which features switchbacks and landing platforms; or 3) hike up the backside of the falls to the top and have drinks or lunch at Amicalola Falls Resort. Any and all are good options.
Whatever you choice in waterfall hunting, you can’t go wrong. From pastoral to pounding waterfalls, they are a great destination and a rich reward after a drive, hike, walk or run. Additionally, they are a great way to experience family fun together, build camaraderie among buddies, or add a bit of romance to a relationship. Get out and explore. You’ll be glad you did.
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Winter time is the best time for a romantic getaway to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Not only is our little town inviting and festive during this time of year, but our cabins are set up for you and your honey to relax, cuddle, and enjoy each other’s company. After a day full of exploring the North Georgia Mountains, you can come back to the cabin, put on something a little more comfortable and pop open that bottle of wine. You may have selected to pick up a take-out order from Sweet & Southern Sugar Company or prepare dinner together in the fully stocked kitchen. After you have eaten to your hearts content, take a dip in the hot tub or turn on the fireplace for a relaxing evening of laughing, talking, and dreaming.
Good things come in small packages, and that applies to the North Georgia mountain cabin rental A Sunset Dream. Located in Cherry Log in the Hidden Lake subdivision, just seven miles from downtown Blue Ridge, A Sunset Dream is a secluded, private paradise, aptly named for the glorious sunsets you can enjoy from every room. This two-bedroom, 2-bath cabin has an atmosphere that is bright, airy and welcoming. Everything is conveniently on one level: the living room, with its soaring ceiling, leather furniture, stone wood burning fireplace and 44” TV with DirecTV; the well-equipped kitchen and dining table for four; and two cheery bedrooms, each with a luxurious king bed, 32” TV, and private bath with tub/shower combo. You’ll have a great night’s sleep in whichever one you choose. The cabin’s outdoor amenities include a gas grill, six-person hot tub, rocking chairs and a picnic table on the main deck, so you can barbecue your dinner and relax afterward with a drink and a soak as you take in the incredible view.
Tucked into the hillside on My Mountain, A Beary Nice View offers beary nice views indeed. With its sweet and cozy atmosphere, Goldilocks would surely think this cabin is “just right”. This 2-bedroom, 1-bath Gordon cabin is so bright and cheerful it will even keep you smiling through a thunderstorm. You’ll ‘bearly’ believe how much there is to do here. Once you’ve chosen among all the activities in the North Georgia Mountains, you’ll be off and running.
After working up a bear’s appetite, have a late lunch back at the cabin’s outdoor picnic table. Then have an afternoon snooze in the recliner, warm and cozy by the rock gas fireplace. When you’ve awakened refreshed after your brief hibernation, play checkers on the screened-in porch as you witness a breathtaking sunset. Spend some time just relaxing on the porch swing while sipping a cup of tea or perhaps an Irish coffee. Make an easy pasta dish for dinner or simply enjoy a platter of hearty antipasto with a glass of wine. Then settle in to the hot tub on the private open deck for a soothing soak at the end of the day.
This enchanting Georgia mountain cabin rental is indeed a Lil’ Slice of Heaven. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a few couples, this two bedroom cabin has plenty of room but is small enough to feel warm and cozy. It’s a place so relaxed and comfortable; you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. Naturally, you’ll also want to make the most of being in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer sun or shade, there are plenty of both to be had on the deck or covered porch. Sip refreshing lemonade while lounging on the porch swing or one of the rockers. Looking through the canopied trees towards the mountaintops, you’ll feel so at peace here in your quaint little haven.
Lil’ by lil’, the sky will change a spectacular array of colors before you as the sun goes down. Enjoy romantic evenings under the stars as you share a champagne toast by the light of the gas fire stand, or while immersed in the soothing bubbles of the hot tub. Snuggle under the covers with the one you love and enjoy a divine night’s sleep. In the morning, you can step out to the deck if you’d like to take in a truly glorious sunrise. Spend some time on cloud nine with your special someone, and enjoy your own Lil’ Slice of Heaven in the North Georgia Mountains.
The sweet smell of a successful Blue Ridge mountain vacation is in the air as you ascend up the drive toward Blackberry Lodge. Nestled at the end of the road on a wooded lot high atop Long Mountain, this Blue Ridge cabin rental is charmingly named for its flowering and fragrant blackberry bushes. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen is to your immediate right and features a large island with bar stools, so everyone can gather around as you prepare your meals.
After enjoying a meal, you can relax in the great room that features several large windows, all with wonderful mountain views. Here you can also get cozy and warm by the heavy stone wood burning fireplace. A deep-seated leather sofa and recliner invites everyone to enjoy a movie, or satellite HDTV. Kick back and reminisce about your day’s mountain experiences, as you gaze out the window facing West for the beautiful sunset.
When multiple couples are looking for a place to retreat, look no further than the ultimate ‘Southern Living’ lodge in the North Georgia Mountains. Endless View Lodge is perfectly situated for mountainous seclusion and picturesque views that surround you for miles. This five-bedroom home, all of which are master suites, is an upscale luxury mountain experience. The lodge is beautifully crafted and immediately inviting with its dormer windows, huge front porch and an amazing 1,300 square-foot wraparound deck, anchored on one end by a covered gathering room and an outdoor rock fireplace. Professionally decorated, this home’s refined interior is matched only by the beauty of each room’s magnificent long and short range mountain views. The entire space offers luxurious comfort so you can relax and reconnect with your friends in style.
Endless View Lodge boasts three floors of living space, a stunning two-story interior rock fireplace and soaring prow front windows. Enjoy good conversation in several open and hospitably placed seating areas from the custom leather and fabric sofas to two, eight-person dining tables, one indoors and one on the outdoor deck. For the chefs in the group, a gourmet-style kitchen offers a large granite island and high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances. Head down stairs to the terrace level for another great seating area featuring a romance-inspiring fireplace. Curl up to for a movie on the LCD-HD TV with Blu-ray disc player, or try your hand at the hand-carved poker and game table, or one of the many games or puzzles provided.