Our Secret Gems

Welcome to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia! Your mountain adventure is about to begin and we can’t wait to share with you some of our most favorite places and secret local tips to help you get the very most out of your mountain experience. Adventure is good for your soul, so let’s get going!

Hike Flat Creek on the Aska Trail System

Map Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Ranger District Office of the US Forest Service

Because of its mountainous terrain, hiking is one of the main reasons that travelers add Aska to their must-visit list. The Aska Trails Area consists of a 17-mile trail system where hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels can explore. This trail system highlights the landscapes of North Georgia by revealing mountain peaks, shorelines of Lake Blue Ridge, and a series of hardwood trees among thickets of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons.

A few of our favorite hiking and mountain biking trails include:

  1. Flat Creek Loop (6 miles round trip)
  2. Long Branch Loop (2.3 miles round trip)
  3. Stanley Gap Trail (9.5 miles round trip)
  4. Green Mountain Trail (2.8 miles round trip)

 Local tip – Pets are welcome to eat with you at the nearby Toccoa Riverside Restaurant and Fido can even enjoy some canine cuisine from the Pooch Porch Goodies menu!

Take in a movie at Swan Drive-In

Did you know that Blue Ridge has its own Drive In movie theater? Well that’s right we do, Swan Drive In Theater! They’ve been showing movies here since 1955! Turn back the clock and live life like you’re in the 1950’s by watching movies the old-fashioned way. Just tune your car to the radio and munch down on some delicious classic movie theater snacks; all from the comfort of your own vehicle! It’s a perfect way to spend summer nights! Check their website for movie showings: http://www.swan-drive-in.com/now-showing.php 

Local tip – Bring a portable radio/boombox. You don’t want to be the one who’s battery dies from running the radio!

Best Photo Ops at Fall Branch Falls

Only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge, Fall Branch Falls is a location where you can spend a half-hour or a half-day! The adventure begins with only a 0.5-mile shaded path that leads visitors to a series of cascading waterfalls reaching 30 feet. The area below the falls is great for a picnic or water break. The mist from the side of the cliff and the water at the base of the falls make for a perfect place to cool down from a hot summer’s day. But watch your step because the rocks can sure be slippery! The observation deck at the falls can be used to snap a picture or to admire nature’s beauty.

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