Hiking out the Back Door



When you come to the mountains, you come to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out in nature. So it’s important that you’re close to all the trails and outdoor adventures that Blue Ridge has to offer; www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/seven-blue-ridge-hikes.

But what if these trails were right outside your cabin doors? Step outside and start on the trails, no driving necessary! Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and get moving with access to miles worth of trails, right in your backyard.  These 6 cabins are the perfect retreat for all the outdoor lovers and hikers out there! 

Aska Adventure Lodge

This beautiful cabin is right in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area and less than 5 minutes from Toccoa River, Lake Blue Ridge, and town. Just off of the vast, wraparound porch, you’ll find yourself just steps from The Benton MacKaye Trail. Along the trail, you might run into Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, Toccoa River Swinging Bridge, and even Springer Mountain. You’re also close to many great tubing and canoeing opportunities.

After a long day on the trails, lay back and soak in the hot tub or play a game of pool in the game room. Even inside you won’t feel far from the outdoors, with themed rooms like “Trout Camp”, a bear room, and an all-around rustic, natural look throughout. Aska Adventure Lodge sleeps up to 10 people, so grab a group of your favorite hikers and get ready to adventure! 

TreeTops

Perched high on the mountain overlooking the Aska Adventure Area, this classic mountain cabin is close by to a variety of great outdoor activities! Tube down the Toccoa River, catch fish in Lake Blue Ridge, or walk down the driveway to Long Mountain Trail which connects to both the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Aska Adventure Trail, where all kinds of beautiful hikes await you!

Even enjoy a long, scenic ride on the winding Aska Road to Highway 60 and take in all the mountain views. TreeTops also has a hot tub and game room; perfect for unwinding after a busy day. You can even bring your furry friend along to join in all the fun! 

Sanctuary Summit

For a relaxing escape to the wilderness, Sanctuary Summit is your place! This newly constructed cabin, built-in 2020, sits high on a hillside overlooking the National Forest. You’ll have stunning mountain views all around and can see Lake Blue Ridge off in the distance.

Located in the Aska Adventure Area, you’ll be just steps away from all kinds of fun outdoor activities. With access to dozens of hiking trails, the beautiful Toccoa River, and so much more, you’ll basically be living outdoors for a week! And Sanctuary Summit is pet friendly as well, so be sure to bring your pup along with you on the trails

Even when you’re inside the cabin you can enjoy the great outdoors with multiple wrap-around decks and enormous windows where you can sit to watch the sunset. In the evening, you can grill out on the deck and cuddle up next to the wood-burning fireplace. And of course, this cabin has both a hot tub and a game room as well so you can unwind however you choose! Hike, relax, and escape at this wonderful cabin!

Lake View Retreat

Perfect for a small group of nature lovers, Lake View Retreat is built right into the side of the mountain with an amazing view of Lake Blue Ridge framed by the trees. Since it’s located right next to Lake Blue Ridge it’s the perfect getaway for those who’d rather be on the lake. Boat and kayak on the lake, catch lots of fish, and if it’s summertime enjoy a nice swim.

Not only is Lake View Retreat close to Lake Blue Ridge but it’s also nearby countless hiking trails and the Toccoa River, where more outdoor adventures await! After a long day at the lake or on the trails soak into one of the comfy leather couches and watch some TV by the fire. It’s also pet friendly, and has a hot tub and game room as well! Grab your closest friends and go live a week by the lake! 

Take a Hike

As its name implies Take a Hike is perfect for all the hikers out there! Located in the Cohutta Wilderness and on Mt. Pisgah, you’ll experience stunning mountain views from any of the cabin’s 3 decks and be fully immersed in nature. Right from your cabin, step on the trails and enjoy an easy hike to a waterfall, cave, and even Colonel Magnum’s memorial. Or take a quick drive to get to any of the major trails in the Cohutta Wilderness like Daily Gap, Jacks River, Benton MacKaye, and Hemptop.

Also enjoy fantastic mountain biking trails around the mountain base. And within just 20 minutes from the cabin, you’ll find fishing, boating, and rafting adventures at the Ocoee River, Lake Blue Ridge, and Fighting Town Creek. You’ll have a full day of fun and adventure in store with so many great outdoor opportunities so close by.

When your day of hiking, biking, fishing, and boating is done enjoy dinner with a view at the picnic table and rocking chairs on the back deck. You’ll get cozy by the outdoor fireplace and watch the sunset. Then after dinner is done and the sun has set, step on down to the yard for s’mores by the fire or a dip in the hot tub. This cabin was truly made for outdoor lovers and adventurers! 

The Overlook 

Last but not least on our list is the beautiful and secluded cabin, The Overlook. It gets it’s name because it overlooks the Aska Adventure Area, Lake Blue Ridge, and has panoramic mountain views. And lucky for you outdoor lovers, it’s in short walking distance to the Benton McKaye trail, which takes you to past numerous falls, rivers, and mountain hikes. Its prime location and easy access to the trails makes this cabin the ideal escape for hikers.

Even while at the cabin you can take full advantage of the great outdoors by sitting out on the deck in a rocking chair and taking in the views. Or soak in the hot tub to warm up and relax after a long day on the trails. You’ll absolutely love having your own private and secluded oasis, far away from the rest of the world! 

11 Memorable Mountain Biking Trails



The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the terrain, views, and challenge that all mountain bikers search for. The back country trails and systems will have bikers pedaling through a series of rocks, roots, and jumps. Pick from the variety of trails near Blue Ridge and the adrenaline rush will quickly follow! Grab your bike and helmet and get ready to experience the easy to rigorous trails in North Georgia for an adventure that will keep you itching to return!

Long Branch Loop

Photo Courtesy @LostJustpastnowhere

If you are looking for a nice easy intro trail, the wide singletrack of Longbranch Loop is a great starting point. A staple in the Aska Adventure Area Trail System, the shady trail keeps obstacles limited and the fun rolling! (Easy)

Amadahy Trail

Photo Courtesy of Brian Powell

Beautiful and fun, the Amadahy Trail in Ellijay is perfect to take your kids out for a ride and develop their passion for mountain biking. Wrapping around the edge of Carters Lake, this loop is extremely picturesque, but still offers a few easy uphill and downhill sections. (Easy-Intermediate)

Jackrabbit Mountain

Lakeside Views on Jackrabbit Courtesy of jackrabbit Bruce Sheridan

If you’re a beginner to mountain biking and hoping to have an easy ride, this is a great spot to start. The 15-mile trail system at Jackrabbit Mountain offers stunning views of Lake Chatuge throughout. There are simple inclines and declines throughout this scenic trail system. It’s located on the North Carolina/Georgia border, making it accessible for visitors near and far. (Easy – Intermediate)

Pinhoti Trail

Overlook on the Pinhoti Courtesy of @pinhed

This 350-mile stretch of trails that venture from Georgia to Alabama makes it one of the most popular trail systems in the southeast for a series of reasons.  With access points throughout its length, the entry near Dalton takes bikers along a mountainous journey with paved sections as well. The Mountaintown Creek Trail, part of the Pinhoti Trail System, is 11 miles out-and-back with rushing waterfalls and backcountry views that make it perfect for a day trip. (Intermediate)

Tanasi Trail System

The Bridge crossing the Ocoee River Courtesy of tanasi trails Steven Durr

This system in the Tennessee River Valley has over 30 miles of rushing trails that bikers of all skill levels can enjoy. Only a half-hour from Blue Ridge, this well-maintained set of trails provides captivating overlooks of the Ocoee River and secluded vistas of the Tennessee wilderness. This year-round trail system is filled with advanced climbs, thrilling jumps, and short bridges to keep the adventure going. (Intermediate)

Tsali Trail System

Tsali Overlook Courtesy of Thomas Kreutzer

Located only 2 hours away from our cabins in Blairsville, this is a must-ride trail system that is unforgettable for all those who cross it. There are four intermediate to moderate loops within this 40-mile trail system and each provides a unique encounter with nature. Bikers can expect jaw-dropping views of Lake Fontana and the Smokey Mountains while on these Western North Carolina trails. Its reputation still stands as one of the best mountain bike trails in the Southeast! (Intermediate)

Unicoi State Park

Unicoi State Park Courtesy @jfrench3

While on this 8-mile loop, riders can expect rewarding descents with an assortment of tough climbs, switchbacks, and berms. This trail is not too crowded and is suitable for mountain bikers of any kind. Located on the outskirts of Helen, Unicoi State Park offers lake views and challenging paths for an exhilarating day of adventure! (Intermediate-Difficult)

Bear Creek Trail

River Crossing at Bear Creek Courtesy of Jeff Bartlett

The view at this trail’s peak is what makes the climb on this pathway all worth the travel. Bear Creek Trail, located in Ellijay, offers beautiful views of Fort Mountain and has several switchbacks to keep the adventure interesting. There are several creeks along the 10-mile loop that offer a change in scenery and help bikers cross through. (Intermediate-Difficult)

Stanley Gap 

Trail Head Photo Courtesy of Kristie Young

If you’re looking to go downhill fast, the trails at Stanley Gap can provide that experience for you! This intermediate trail in Blue Ridge is 10 miles out and back, and lets bikers have plenty of opportunities to ride through the trees. With steady inclines and sections suitable for a rest stop, the Stanley Gap trail does not disappoint. (Difficult)

Bull and Jake Mountain

Bull and Jake Mountain Courtesy of Leslie Kehmeier

This connecting system only a few miles from Dahlonega offers fast descents, wildlife sightings, and plenty of ground to uncover! The Jake Mountain Trail System and the Bull Mountain Trail System merge to form over 30 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The picturesque sights make this trail system for intermediate and advanced bikers hard to forget. (Difficult)

Hickory Nut Trail

Hickory Nut Trail Courtesy of @jbone09

With 2,500 feet of climbing, this trail is for serious mountain bikers only. The 19-mile loop in Helen features multiple obstacles including falling rocks, a steep uphill trek, and speedy descents. This blood rushing trail will test, stretch, and grow your mountain biking limits! (Very Difficult)

Whether you’ve been biking for years or hoping to begin a new hobby, these trails are only a short drive away from Blue Ridge. One of the few activities that combines exercise with breath-taking views, the southeast mountain ranges make mountain biking accessible for all ages. Take a risk and experience what mountain biking can do for you while conquering these trails. We’ll see you out there!