Blue Ridge Fun Each Month



There is so much fun to be had in Blue Ridge all year long! Because there is always something happening in town it can be hard to narrow down when it’s the best time to Escape to Blue Ridge. We’re here to help! We’ve comprised a list of 12 seasonal activities and events for you and your family to partake in, one for each month of the year! 

January: Discover Bigfoot

Photo Courtesy of @iamianjones

Head inside & stay warm during the cold month of January by paying a visit to Bigfoot himself at the Expedition: Bigfoot Museum! There you will learn all about the mysterious creature that is said to wander the forests of North Georgia. Expedition:Bigfoot holds the country’s largest display of genuine Bigfoot artifacts like photos and sketches, sighting maps, life-sized exhibits, and the World’s only Bigfoot Research and Tech Vehicle. There’s so much to see at this family-fun, quirky gem of a museum! 

February: Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Irvin

Embrace the cold at Blue Ridge’s 11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event takes place February 19th from 12pm-4pm and will have all kinds of winter fun! There will be ice sculptures and live music, as well as chili and craft beer to keep you warm & toasty from the cold mountain air. Help determine the winner of “The Peoples Choice Award” chili by purchasing taster tickets for $10. Sample the competition and pick your favorite to win! And be sure to take some time to admire the beautiful display of award-winning ice sculptures from the National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice. You’ll even get a chance to see how the process works by watching ice sculpting demonstrations. You won’t want to miss out on this great winter event, so bundle up and join us for the fun!

March: Shop & Eat Local

Photo Courtesy of @Chanel Josephson

March is a great time to hit the downtown area because it’s not too busy! You’ll easily be able to visit all of your favorite shops & get in for dinner at some of the best spots in town like Chester’s, The Black Sheep, or Harvest on Main. Discover unique finds at the shops downtown and stock up on souvenirs from your Blue Ridge adventure. Check out Pezrok for cool rock formations and handcrafted furniture to bring back or pay a visit to Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company to bring some Blue Ridge flavor home with you! After a busy day of shopping and dining be sure to end your day with dessert from Mona Lisa’s Dessert House, The Sweet Shoppe, or with a Rum Cake from The Rum Cake Lady

April: Take a Scenic Drive

Photo Courtesy of Bob Reel

As the weather warms up and spring finally arrives in the mountains there’s no better time to take a scenic drive! Bring the whole family and drive through winding mountain roads where you’ll admire the beauty all around you. Flowers will begin to pop up, the Blue Ridge Mountains will be in their full blue color, and the drive will be alive with nature. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of winter than by taking in the beautiful views. Follow our scenic drive blog for the perfect routes: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-scenic-north-georgia-overlooks/ 

May: Spring Arts in the Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come celebrate the beautiful weather and local artists at the annual Spring Arts in the Park event! This year the popular event, hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, takes place May 28th & 29th, for the holiday weekend. Typically the family-friendly event draws almost 20,000 people to the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge! And with over 170+ vendor booths for various artists, exhibitors, and food vendors there’s so much fun for everyone! And this 46th year of the Spring Arts in the Park will be no different! Admission is $5 and children 12 & under are free! 

June: Explore the Trails

Photo Courtesy of Hike the Ridge

With summer arriving there’s no better time to hit the trails! Explore miles and miles worth of hiking trails that will take you through some of the most naturally beautiful places in the state! Discover stunning waterfalls standing at a few hundred feet tall, be brave and walk across the swinging bridge, push yourself and climb to mountain peaks, and go for peaceful hikes along rivers and lakes. There’s so much waiting for you on the trails in Blue Ridge! Learn about a few of our favorite hikes here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/ 

July: Hit the Lake

Beat the summer heat and take to the waters of Lake Blue Ridge! Whether you’re cruising on a boat, splashing in the water, or sunbathing on the sands of Morganton Point; Lake Blue Ridge is the place to be for the summer! Lake Blue Ridge Marina is a great starting point to prep for your lake day adventures. They have boat rentals and all the supplies you need to get out on the water. And after a long day on the lake be sure to drop by the marina again at The Boat Dock Bar & Grill for great food, drinks, live music, and a beautiful view of Lake Blue Ridge. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a busy summer day. The fun on Lake Blue Ridge goes on all summer long but one of our favorite times to be out on the water is the 4th of July! See fireworks light up the night sky and reflect off the lake for the annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display. The fireworks are shot off over the Lake Blue Ridge dam and can be viewed by boat or along the shore. It’s become many visitors and locals alike favorite annual tradition! 

August: Go for a White Water Rafting Adventure

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

The end of summer is the height of white water rafting season! Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime as you paddle your way through the rapids of the Ocoee River. The Ocoee River is located just over the border in Tennessee and is THE place to go for whitewater rafting. The upper part of the river was even used during the 1996 Olympics for their whitewater events! Check out Ocoee Rafting, the oldest outfitter on the Ocoee, Rolling Thunder River Company, or the Wildwater to start your adventure. Talented and trained staff will help guide you safely through the rapids. If you’re brave enough to give it a go, it will be an experience that you won’t soon forget! 

September: Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Every year Downtown Blue Ridge prepares for the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival! As the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves begin to change it’s the perfect time to come together to enjoy some great music and delicious food! The day is always filled with a great lineup of talented artists and great local food vendors. The event typically takes place mid September so stay tuned for the date! 

October: Pick Apples at Mercier’s

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fall in Blue Ridge! The weather is perfect and the mountains are aglow with the beautiful fall leaves that cover the trees. And what says fall more than apple picking? Mercier Orchards has quickly become a favorite spot in town for not only the apples but other great aspects as well, like their winery & hard cidery, the marketplace, farm tours, and of course their amazing fried pies of every flavor imaginable! At Mercier’s come for their U-Pick events where you can pick your apples straight from the tree. Pick the best ones and then bring them home with you for a delicious and healthy snack or bake them into a scrumptious pie! Join in the fall fun at Mercier’s all season long! 

November: Light Up Blue Ridge & McCaysville

Photo Courtesy of @hiddencreekcabinblueridgega

Ring in the holiday season with these two great Christmas events! On Friday after Thanksgiving Downtown Blue Ridge holds a special Blue Friday event with store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, the opening of The Gingerbread Village, and lots of Christmas cheer! Then the following day Santa comes to town! There will be more vendors, a Christmas Parade, photos with Santa, and beautiful lights around town. And more holiday fun awaits you in McCaysville! They have shopping, dining, pictures with Santa, Christmas lights all along the river, and their famous tree lighting. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than attending one (or both) of these great festive events! 

December: Ride the Holiday Express

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a treat all year long but especially during the holiday season when it transforms into the Holiday Express! On this special, hour-long train ride you’ll sing along to holiday music, listen to the story of The Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, munch on delicious goodies, and get the chance to meet Santa. Kids will also get a candy cane, jingle bell, and activity packet. This is a great family-friendly activity perfect for the holidays, but be sure to get your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly! 

No matter the season there’s fun for everyone in Blue Ridge! We hope you’ll choose us for your next mountain adventure & Escape to Blue Ridge!

Best North Georgia Waterfalls



Escape to Blue Ridge and you’ll soon discover nature’s beauty all around you. One of the top must-see sights, when you come to town, is North Georgia’s stunning waterfalls! Some of the falls are easy to get to and others require a longer trek, but no matter which falls you choose to explore you’ll be blown away by their breathtaking beauty!

There are so many great waterfalls within Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas it’ll be hard to visit them all in one trip, so we recommend seeing a different waterfall each time you visit! Here’s a list of our top 8 absolute favorite North Georgia waterfalls: 

Cover photo Courtesy of Hike The Ridge. Which by the way, we highly recommend Eric for guided hiking tours of our area including waterfall hikes!

Long Creek Falls

Photo Credit Courtesy of @_willsbeenhere

We’ll start off with one of Blue Ridge’s most famous falls, Long Creek Falls. Not only is it close to the heart of downtown Blue Ridge but it’s also easy to access. You can find the falls at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Benton McKaye Trail (two of Blue Ridge’s biggest & most popular trails). The hike to Long Creek Falls is only 2 miles there and back. You’ll follow alongside Noontootla Creek where you’ll see smaller falls as you go. Once you arrive at Long Creek Falls you’ll be in awe of the beautiful 50-foot double-tiered waterfall before you. Sit on one of the boulders on the edge of the falls and take in the sights! 

Fall Branch Falls

Photo Courtesy of at @k4fish

Another waterfall close by is Fall Branch Falls, which is only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge. The hike to the falls is a bit more challenging because of the slippery rocks but it’s only a quick half-mile loop. You’ll see water cascade down 30 feet into the deep pool at the bottom. Take some photos from the observation deck or have a picnic at the base of the falls. There is lots to take in when you arrive, plus the trek to Fall Branch Falls is a great one to bring your four-legged friends along for! 

Turtletown Falls

Photo Courtesy of Annette Shaw

Venture across state lines to Turtletown Falls in Tennessee. Along the 3.8 mile loop you’ll pass by Turtletown Creek, the Hiawassee River, and the upper and lower parts of Turtletown Falls. Turtletown Falls splits into two and lands in a pool at the bottom. Relax and listen to the peaceful rushing of the water over the rocks as you admire the view. These beautiful falls are just under 20 miles from Blue Ridge.

Jacks River Falls

Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Trails

Jacks River Falls in Epworth, GA is one of the most visited sights in the Cohutta Wilderness Area and for good reason! While the journey to the falls is a challenge, the views at the end will make it all worth it. The Jacks River trail stretches for over 16 miles through lush wilderness and past rushing rivers. Jacks River Falls is a beautiful but roaring and rocky waterfall, mimicking that of the rough terrain you’ll pass along the way.  Hiking experience is highly recommended to get to these falls. 

Amicalola Falls

Photo Courtesy of @ancole75

Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in Georgia, standing at 729 feet! Located in Dawsonville, GA, just over 30 minutes outside of Blue Ridge, these falls are one of the more popular ones to visit because of their extreme height. There are 3 ways to reach the falls each varying in difficulty, the first is a simple drive to the top of the falls, the next is the steep but short hike to the top on the 2.1 mile loop, or you could take the 7.5-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. Luckily, no matter your hiking experience level you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these stunning and massive falls! 

Raven Cliff Falls

Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Trails

Raven Cliff Falls trail will take you past trout-filled streams, beautiful greenery, and end with a stunning, cascading waterfall. Raven Cliff Falls is located in Helen, GA, and is situated on a 5.8 mile out and back trail. Along the way, you’ll pass by many cliffside waterfalls until you arrive at the moss-covered cliffside where the waters of Raven Cliff Falls tumble down. Raven Cliff Falls trail is one of the most beautiful and popular hiking trails in all of Georgia and only about an hour from Blue Ridge!

Sea Creek Falls

Photo Courtesy of @Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide

About an hour outside of Blue Ridge in Suches, GA is the double waterfall Sea Creek Falls. The falls can be accessed after just an easy 0.1-mile walk. When you arrive you’ll notice that Sea Creek Falls splits into two sections and drops down 30 feet into a shallow pool at the base of the falls. We recommend visiting in late winter/early spring when the water levels are high or after a heavy summer rain because that’s when the falls are the most extraordinary to behold. 

Helton Creek Falls

Photo Courtesy of @hikes_with_ash

Not far from Blue Ridge in Union County, GA is Helton Creek Falls. Helton Creek Falls is made up of a pair of two large falls, the smaller Lower Helton Creek Falls which you’ll arrive at first, and the larger Upper Helton Creek Falls where the water rushes down a 50-foot cliffside. You can easily access this pair of falls by taking a brief .3 mile hike. Admire the beauty of the falls from the observation deck and remember to snap a few photos! 

Blue Ridge Loves Dogs



Blue Ridge was made for dog lovers! Not only do we have many cabins at Escape to Blue Ridge that are pet-friendly but we also have many places around town where pets are welcome as well! From hiking trails, to restaurants and shops, to breweries and wineries; you can bring your best friend along with you for all your adventures! 

Puptastic Hiking Trails

Photo Courtesy of @ameliastail

While dogs are welcome anywhere in the great outdoors we have specific hikes that are perfect for your dog. The trails on these hikes are easy for them to navigate and not too long that they would be overworked. One of our favorite easy hikes for pups is the trail to Long Branch Falls. Not only will your pup love accompanying you on your adventure but they’ll also love cooling off in the falls after the hike. Some other local dog-friendly trails with waterfalls include Raven Cliff Falls Trail and Jack River Falls Trail; both are great for dogs with high energy because they are a little longer. And if you and your dog are feeling brave enough a hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the famous Swinging Bridge is always a treat! Need a few more suggestions? Follow our dog-friendly hiking blog for more ideas: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-friendly-hikes-blue-ridge-georgia/ 

Pawesome Restaurant Patios

Photo Courtesy of the Black Sheep

Downtown Blue Ridge is the perfect place to find amazing dining options. Lucky for us many of our restaurants have dog-friendly patios! The Dogwood and The Black Sheep have outdoor seating areas with a great atmosphere and plenty of space for your furry friend to join! We especially love The Black Sheep’s Sunday brunches on the patio and their special Yappy Hour events where pups can have a “dog beer” and free treats!  Fightingtown Tavern, Harvest on Main, Masseria Kitchen & Bar, Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta, and Southern Charm are just a few other great spots Downtown where dogs are welcome. And when it’s summertime head over to Lake Blue Ridge’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill for some good food, lake views, and bonding time with your dog! 

Re-TAIL Shopping 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Shop till you drop, and with your pup by your side! Dogs are welcome to come pick out their own toys and treats in Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. Get some hiking gear for yourself and a tasty doggy donut for your furry friend! Love Dogs and Cats Too has everything your pet could want and more! From toys, to leashes, to treats, and more they won’t want to leave the shop! Do a little shopping for yourself as you bring your dog along at shops like Blue Ridge Cotton Company and Gather, who even frequently use their proceeds to go towards dog-friendly charities. And a few other places to check out with your pup are Humble Pie Boutique, Cohutta Country Store, and High Country Gallery Art

Ulti-mutt Breweries & Wineries

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Many of our local breweries and wineries also allow pets! There’s nothing quite like a weekend afternoon spent relaxing with a glass of wine in your hand or a pint of beer, with mountain views, and your favorite furry friend beside you. You will likely bring your friends along with you, so you might as well bring the best one! For brews with the dogs Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Copperhill Brewery, Blue Ridge Brewery, and Buck Bald Brewing all invite you to bring your pups along with you as you sip on their delicious craft beers. Every October Grumpy Old Men Brewing even has an awesome Barktober event full of beer, food, fun, and lots of dogs!  And for wine lovers, dogs are welcome at Bear Claw Winery, Serenberry Vineyards, and Cartecay Vineyards. Cartecay Vineyards is so pet-friendly they even have their own vineyard dog who might come up and say hi! Many of these local breweries and wineries also have live music on the weekends; so bring your favorite people, favorite dogs, and have some fun! 

Pet-Friendly Cabins 

Photo of pup at Rising Star Cabin Courtesy of @ambershimel

We know how much you love your pets, and we believe you should be able to bring them with you on all your adventures, they’re family afterall! That’s why we have many pet-friendly cabins to choose from so that you don’t have to be without your best friend for a second! Some of our favorites are Lonesome Dove, Blue Moon Lodge, Can’t Bear to Leave, and Tumnus Ridge who even have a fenced-in dog-friendly garden! Need more suggestions? Start with our pet-friendly cabin blog:https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/6-pet-friendly-cabins/ With over 125 pet-friendly cabins to choose from you’re sure to find something perfect for the whole family! 

2022 Bucket List



2021 is over? Already? Although the year went by quickly, we hope it was filled with as much fun, love, and joy for you as it was for us. With the world slowly going back to normal we’ve been happy to have visitors escaping to Blue Ridge once again. While 2021 was a great year, we want to make 2022 even better! Check out our 2022 Blue Ridge Bucket List and see how many of these places & activities you can cross off your list in the New Year!

Smash into the New Year

Photo Courtesy of Tank Town USA

Smash into the New Year at Tank Town USA in Morganton, GA. If you have ever wanted to be an action movie hero now’s your chance! You’ll feel on top of the world as you drive a tank over cars crushing them flat, drive construction vehicles and fire off machine guns. Grab your friends and have a blast driving big vehicles and crushing everything in sight! 

First Day Hike

Go for a “First Day Hike” on the first day of the New Year, on any of our wonderful hiking trails. We have over 300 miles of trails ready for you to explore. Some of our favorites include the Benton McKaye Trail, the Aska Adventure Area trails, and Jack’s River Trail. Won’t be in town for New Years? That’s okay, our trails are always there for you and great no matter the season. 

Grab a Drink

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Blue Ridge has so many great bars, breweries, and wineries so why not grab a drink or two? Downtown you can grab a cocktail at Whiskey & Water, The Dogwood, or Hook & Eye. Bar hop to Misty Mountain Hops, Blue Coyote, and Black Bear Bier Garten. Then play a round of pinball with a drink in your hand at Vertigo Pinball. And even relax lakeside with delicious food and great drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill on Lake Blue Ridge. For local breweries we’d suggest Grumpy Old Men Brewing or Fannin Brewing Company. And for wine check out Bear Claw Vineyards or Serenberry Vineyards. Even Mercier Orchards has hard cider! 

Eat a Fried Pie

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards is famous for their amazing fried pies of every flavor! Which one will you try? After eating your tasty treats explore the market and stock up on all the goodies. Then pick some of the “in season” fruit, to make your own pies with! And even take a farm tour of the whole orchard to admire all the sights. 

Find a Fairy Cross

All over Fannin County, you can find what are called staurolite crystals or what are more commonly known as Fairy Crosses. Legend has it that as the Native Americans embarked on the Trail of Tears, they shed tears of sorrow that fell to the ground and formed tiny crosses of stone. See how many you can find out in nature! And if you have trouble finding them yourself, you can always pick up a few at Pezrok downtown. 

Try Something New & Adventurous 

It’s a New Year so it’s time to try something new and out of your comfort zone! Live a little! Soar to new heights at Blue Ridge Adventure Park where you can zip through treetops and climb up to 50 feet in the air. Or let someone else do the flying and take a ride with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours. You’ll get stunning scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains below and see the town from a new and different perspective. Or even hop on the Georgia Mountain Coaster in Helen, the first-ever alpine coaster in Georgia! And we can’t forget about the Toccoa Swinging Bridge! Jump on the bridge and give your friends & family quite a scare. We promise it’s nice and sturdy though, and the perfect adventure spot! Seek all kinds of new thrills and have a blast doing it! 

Shop & Eat Local

We may be biased but we love our local Blue Ridge shops and restaurants! With dozens of unique stores downtown we’ve got a little bit for everyone! Fashion boutiques, artisan good shops, home décor, pet toys, and so much more. And after you finish a busy day of shopping grab a bite to eat at any of our amazing local restaurants. Some of our favorites are Chesters, The Black Sheep, Rum Cake Lady, and Carroll’s Barbecue. Yum! 

Bond with Nature

Photo Courtesy of @littlebitty87

Become one with nature as you ride horseback through the winding trails of the Chattahoochee National Forest. You and your beautiful steed will bond as you take on a trail ride with Appalachian Trail Rides or Cowgirl Up Stables. Both stables have options for beginners and more advanced riders. Also, get a chance to feel more connected with nature by checking out one of our many local waterfalls. Some of our favorites are Long Branch Falls, Fall Branch Falls, and Amicalola Falls. You’ll feel all your daily stresses roll off your back and finally feel at peace as you listen to the water rush over the rocks. Horseback riding and waterfall chasing; perfect mountain experiences. 

Push Yourself 

Photo Courtesy of Whitewater Express

Push yourself to new limits as you hike to some of the tallest peaks in Georgia. Some of our favorite mountain hikes are Brasstown Bald, Fort Mountain, and Springer Mountain. The hike up will be strenuous but once you reach the top the views are all worth it. And you’ll be proud of yourself for the hard work you put in to get there. Or you can take to the water instead and try your hand at Whitewater River Rafting. Head over to the Ocoee River and make your way through waves and rapids with a team of others. It’ll be quite a workout but a fun experience you won’t soon forget! 

Ride a Train

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Many of our guests all time favorite things to do when they come to town is to ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Enjoy the scenery every season of the year as the train departs from Downtown Blue Ridge and travels through the countryside to the twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. The views from the train are beautiful year round but some one of our favorite times to go is in the fall when the leaves are changing. And you can’t forget about the Holiday Express every December where kids will get the chance to meet Santa on this festive ride! 

Appreciate Local Artists

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Arts Association

Local artists are always performing and displaying their art in Blue Ridge! Catch a show at Blue Ridge Community Theater where there are always local thespians ready to perform! Admire local artists’ works on display at High Country Art Gallery or Blue Ridge Arts Association. And listen to live music from local artists almost every weekend at venues like Tooney’s, Misty Mountain Hops, Bear Claw Winery, Grumpy Old Men Brewing and so many more! 

Discover Bigfoot

Photo Courtesy of Expedition Bigfoot

Did you know that Bigfoot wanders the forests of Blue Ridge? You can learn all about him at EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! The Sasquatch Museum, located just east of the city. You’ll find and explore artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos and maps of Bigfoot sightings, the Bigfoot research and Tech Vehicle, and so much more. This fun and unique museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon! 

Experience Festivals & Holidays Blue Ridge Style 

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Apple Festival

There are always special and exciting events going on in and around Blue Ridge! Whether it’s for the holidays or one of our usual annual events they are always a blast! You’ll want to experience these great events at least once in your life! Some of our favorite events include: 

  • Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival: February 19th, 2022
  • Spring Arts in the Park: May 28th-29th, 2022
  • Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival: June 25th-June 26th, 2022
  • Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks: July 4th, 2022
  • Georgia Wine Highway: August 1st-31st, 2022
  • Georgia Mountain Fair: August 19th-27th, 2022
  • Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival: Mid September 
  • Fall Arts in the Park: October 8th & 9th, 2022
  • Georgia Apple Festival: October 8th-16th, 2022
  • Light Up Blue Ridge: Last weekend in November 
  • Mountain Country Christmas in Lights: November 24th- December 23rd, 2022

Escape to Blue Ridge

Eagles Landing cabin

No matter the season we are always ready to provide you with a home base for all your Blue Ridge adventures! Come up in the winter to experience the snow, in the spring where you’ll see nature come alive, in the summer on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge, or in the fall to watch the leaves change colors. We are happy to be your home away from home and thank you for your continued support over the years. We look forward to serving you with your very best mountain vacation in the New Year. Now let’s make 2022 the best year yet! 

January 2022



A New Year is here! And that means new events & activities, along with some great annual traditions as well! Why not make one of your New Year resolutions to Escape to Blue Ridge more and take in as many fun local events as you can! Here’s what you can look forward to this month:

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
January 1st
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

January 1st: Rusted Melody

Riverwalk Run Club
January 6th – 27th
Location: Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till November. You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Live Music at Hook & Eye
January 6th – 21st
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, live music, and balcony seating on the outside!

January 6th: Andrew Chastain
January 7th, 14th, & 21st: Ray LaBean
January 20th: Andrew Chastain

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
January 7th – 29th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

January 7th: Dan Foster
January 8th: Travis Bowlin
January 14th: Gavin Graves
January 15th: Maddie Lane
January 21st: Gabe Myers
January 22nd: Jennifer Lynn Simpson
January 28th: Andrew Chastain
January 29th: Frankie Sparks

Live Music Is Better – Just Roxie
January 8th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see the talented Just Roxie at the Blue Ridge Community Theater! Their music style is organic and unique and honors country, folk, Americana, bluegrass, rock & roll, and so much more!

Disney’s Descendants The Musical
January 14th – 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the Disney Channel hit movie musical Descendants! Follow the story of Mal, daughter of the evil Maleficent, and her friends as they attend a prep school in the kingdom of Auradon. Will Mal and her friends follow in their parents evil footsteps or learn to be good? Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

for KING & COUNTRY
January 29th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Talented gospel duo for KING & COUNTRY are coming to the Anderson Music Hall Saturday, January 29th at 7pm! You won’t want to miss the Grammy Award winning duo sing their biggest hits like “God Only Knows”, “TOGETHER” and so many more!

Other activities to do this month:

Shop & Dine

Downtown Blue Ridge is ready for you no matter the season! Check out all of the shops downtown and bring back unique and fun souvenirs that you can’t find anywhere else. We have a little bit of everything from home décor, apparel, athletic gear, antiques, artisan goods, and so much more; we have something for everyone! And be sure to hit up some of the delicious restaurants afterwards for a wonderful and filling meal.

Hike

Photo Courtesy of Hike the Ridge

Winter is a great time for a hike because the leaves have fallen off the trees so you’ll get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We love hiking to waterfalls in the winter, especially when there’s snow covering the cliffs of the falls; just be extra careful if you do choose to hike in the snow! Bundle up & explore the trails this winter, and check out our hiking blog for more recommendations: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/

Visit Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Even with no fruit available to harvest in the winter Mercier’s is still open and a great spot to visit! Stock up on delicious goodies from their market like apple butter, baking mixes, and other artisan goods. Have a glass of hard cider or wine made from the fruits at Mercier’s. And of course don’t forget to get yourself a fried pie or two!

Enjoy the Snow

Snow days in Blue Ridge are extra special! We love seeing the snow dust the mountain tops, it is truly a beautiful sight. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. There’s lots of fun to be had in the snow!

Have a Bonfire

Family at Nighthawk

Nothing like a cozy bonfire to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. Cozy up next to the fire, get your favorite warm beverage, and some s’mores of course and you’ve got yourself a perfect mountain night nestled under the stars!

And as always, no matter the season, it’s always a great time to Escape to Blue Ridge!

Christmas Lights Around the Mountains



Every family has many Christmas traditions that they enjoy preserving. For this writer, one of my family’s favorite things to do is to go drive around and see all the Christmas lights! However, when you’re not from around here, you wouldn’t even know where to begin to look for lights to enjoy. Well, we tried to make it easy for you and stalked as many of our friends pages to locate all the Christmas light displays that you HAVE to go check out!

Each community offers a brief directions, but click on the town name to access a Google map to help you find your way! If you’re a local reading this and know of other places we’re missing please drop a comment or send us a Facebook or Instagram message. Merry Christmas!

Click to go to the Escape To Blue Ridge Christmas Light Map

Blue Ridge:

Escape to Blue Ridge offices – We are decked out for the season! Stop by and take a selfie with our Christmas Tree & pick up an activity packet for the kids and enjoy the lights by night!

Downtown Blue Ridge – East Main St.

Spur 60 – Between Mineral Bluff and NC State line. Drive through Winter Wonderland! Santa on certain nights.

The Penlands – Hwy 75, just past the North Carolina/Georgia state line.

Williams’ – Forge Mill Road off Hwy 515 across from Cucina Rustica. Santa on certain nights.

William’s Home Photo Courtesy of Becky Dyer

Blairsville:

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show

Chamber of Commerce – Tour of Trees. 9am – 5pm. 129 Union County Recreation Road, Blairsville

Collins – 257 Windy Hill Rd. (Santa Here)

289 Cook St

Downtown – On the Square

195 Forest Dr

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show – Shows at 7pm & 7:30pm. Tune your radio to 91.9 and enjoy! Address is 121 Birch Cane Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512

262 Jewell Mason Rd

Stonehenge Assisted Living – Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection. Note: Nativity Scene

The Browns – Take Old Blue Ridge Highway out past Mulkey Gap. Right on Ed King Road. Just before the solar panel field. Note: Santa’s Mailbox – leave a letter to Santa and receive a reply!

The Jones – Take Blue Ridge Hwy, then a left on Mulkey Gap, right on Jones Rd.

Hiawassee

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from November 25-December 18th. Come early on Saturdays for the Craft Show and stay for the lights 4pm-9pm! Open EVERY night from December 19th-23rd! (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Here you will enjoy beautiful light displays and food ops along with food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, marshmallow, a petting zoo and Santa. Admission is $6 per person and children 12 and under are FREE! On the main drag – Hwy 76 in Hiawassee.

Bugscuffle Road – Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School. See Uhaul & Parker Oil, next road on left is Bugscuffle. On Hwy 76, just west of Towns County School.

Scataway Road – About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow. Off of Hwy 76, 5 minutes east of town. See Santa on certain nights.

Panter House – Gumlog Rd off of Hwy 66 in Young Harris. On the Towns County side of Gumlog.

North Carolina:

Harshaw Road Lights Courtesy of Susie Bryant

Penlands – Hwy 75, just across the NC/Ga line.

Harshaw Road – Near Cherokee Hills Golf Course

December 2021 Events



‘Tis the season to celebrate in the mountains! The crisp weather is perfect for shopping downtown, enjoying outdoor activities and then relaxing in the hot tub or by the crackling fire at the cabin! Come stay with us this month and check out the upcoming events below!

Holiday Express 2021
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Take a ride on the Santa Express and enjoy hearing a Christmas story, singing Christmas songs, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Every child will receive a traditional Christmas bell, a candy cane, and a memory they won’t soon forget!

Holiday Show & Sale
Dec 1 – Dec 18
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday – Sunday, December 1st – December 18th!

Live Music
Dec 1- Dec 31
Locations: Tooneys Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a Winter Walk through thousands and thousands of lights and exhibits! Visit Poinsettia Place, Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Workshop, Toyland, Frosty’s Trail and many more light exhibits. There will be live music, arts and craft vendors, food, and most important…SANTA!!!  Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6pm – 9pm. $6 for adults and children under 12 are FREE!!!

Four Old Broads at Christmas
Dec 1 – Dec 12
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come see Blue Ridge Community Theater’s comedic play ‘Four Old Broads at Christmas’! The play follows four old ladies who are ready for a new and fun vacation! With the help of a retired Elvis impersonator the ladies try to sneak away to the Sassy Seniors Caribbean Cruise! But will they get to go on the vacation of their dreams? Find out! Shows are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm; and runs from November 18th through December 12th.

2021 Tour of Trees
Dec 1 – 31
Location: Union County Community Center

Photo Courtesy of Scott Michael Anna

The Blairsville-Union County Community Center is transformed into a winter wonderland for the whole month of December. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an amazing display of trees, lights, wreaths, and decorations. This is a perfect place to get your holiday photos! Admission is FREE!

Live Music
Dec 2 -Dec 18
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewery

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery select Fridays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

December 2nd, 16th – Karaoke
December 3rd – Surrender Hill
December 10th – Travis Bowlin
December 17th – Doctor Paul
December 18th – SaturdayOke

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
Dec 2 – 3
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

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If you are needing a special gift for a special family member or friend, then check out the Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop! There will be over 50 home-based business vendors (Independent Consultants) there to cover all your shopping needs.

Holiday in the Park – Winter Wonderland
Dec 3
Location: Fannin County Recreation Dept.

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation Dept

A Winter Wonderland in Blue Ridge! Enjoy Elf hunts, Santa pictures, craft kits, hot chocolate and Santa himself will arrive by Helicopter! 

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
Dec 4
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

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This annual event in Copperhill & McCaysville provides a fun and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends! Occurring on the first Saturday in December each year, this parade features a myriad of floats and high school marching bands. Come and support the Copperhill Kiwanis Club! The parade begins at 2pm and ends at 4pm. This year’s theme is a Centennial Christmas. At 6pm will be the lighting of the tree ceremony and music.

Christmas in Ducktown
Dec 4
Location: Downtown Ducktown, TN

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Just over the Georgia line, Ducktown, Tennessee will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, cookie decorating, music, and a visit from Santa.

Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Dec 4
Location: Union County Farmers Market

Photo of the Union County Farmers Market

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children’s area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, and delicious food creations.

St. Luke’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
Dec 4
Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Photo Courtesy of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction from 9am to 3pm. Taking place across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairground, this event will feature original art works, matted reproductions, knitted items, handmade birdhouses, note-cards, pottery, and handcrafted Christmas decorations! Baked goods, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and other sweets and treats will also be available!

Christmas on the Square and Parade
Dec 4

Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

Blairsville will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, Christmas caroling, and pictures with Santa.

Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec 5
Location: Blue Ridge Area

Photo Courtesy of Satterwhite Log Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes is hosted by the Fannin County Family Connection. The tour includes 6 beautifully decorated homes and holiday refreshments. Tickets are available at online at www.fannin.gafcp.org. All proceeds are used to fund Drug & Alcohol outreach programs and the food pantry at Family Connection.

Live Music
Dec 9 – Dec 31
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hooke & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside!

December 9th, 23rd – Andrew Chastain
December 10th, 17th – Trevor Ciongoli
December 24th, 31st – Rusted Melody

Sounds Like Christmas – Brasstown Ringers
Dec 11
Location: First United Methodist Church

Photo Courtesy of the Brasstown Ringers

If you haven’t seen hand bells rung, go! The sounds are so resonant, pure, and uplifting. The Brasstown Ringers are in Blue Ridge on December 11 at 7pm. Don’t miss them!

Christmas Kick Off – Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party
Dec 12
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Start your holiday season off right for a Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party at one of our favorite hot spots in Blue Ridge, The Dogwood! Special guest musicians, holiday classic songs, fun cover tunes, and maybe even some crowd participation and karaoke fun!

Sawyer Brown & Exile
Dec 18
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Sawyer Brown with Exile are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! You might remember these bands from the 70s & 80s, but their songs are timeless, and they are still rocking! A concert on vacation is just another great way to make lasting memories!

New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31
Location: Tooneys Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Welcome 2022 in with free live music performances by The Wandering Willows & One For the Road! What better way to ring in the New Year with good drinks, good friends, and a lot of fun at Tooney’s in McCaysville!

Joy to the World
All Season Long
Location: Across the World

To every household near and far, we hope that regardless of your beliefs, you and yours are filled with the merriment and joy of the season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Festivus!

7 Cabins with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations



Blue Ridge is going green! Five of our cabins have made the switch and now have electric vehicle charging stations! Electric cars are seen as the eco-friendly alternative to gasoline based cars. In recent years electric cars have become more popular, more affordable, and have seen advancements in mileage and charge time.

At Escape to Blue Ridge we are environmentally conscious and want to offer convenience to our guests. We feel that by offering electric charging stations at our cabins we can not only keep our guests satisfied but help the environment as well. It’s a win-win for us! Learn a little bit more about the 7 cabins currently offering electric vehicle charging stations below. 

Carpe Diem 

Carpe Diem has it all! Recently renovated in 2021 it is beautifully designed inside and out with a mountain/wildlife theme. The design is modern meets traditional and has a rustic elegance look.  From this prime location you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views and wooded oasis. Grill out on the main deck and get cozy by the outdoor wood-burning fireplace. Take in the sunset from the 6 person hot tub and roast s’mores at the firepit.

Inside, you’ll be in awe of the high-end amenities. An open level floor plan with large windows to take in the views; a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; a game room with billiards, ping-pong, board games, and a full bar; and 4 cozy bedrooms. And Carpe Diem is even pet-friendly! The electric car charger included in your stay is a 30 AMP charger, so your car will be charged up and ready to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in no time! 

Ellijay River Dreams Cabin

Relaxed, blessed, peaceful, and homey! That is what Ellijay River Dreams Cabin is all about. An excellent, truly unique, one-of-a-kind place to stay during your upcoming vacation with family or friends.  This is truly the place that vacation dreams are made of!  This is a brand-new construction cabin built from the ground up that is filled with some of the most unique amenities you can find in a rental property, and it is totally private and secluded. Enjoy 500 plus feet of access to the Ellijay River, including two rock wall stairs into the river (safe and inviting for kids and adults), along with deck seating on the river.

You will be amazed by all that the owners designed in the outdoor living spaces. The moment you walk into the yard you will see a yurt to the left side of the deck (completely furnished with comfortable pillows, bean bag chairs and blankets) for the kids and adults of all ages. Perfectly centered on this gorgeous property is the brand-new river deck overlooking the Ellijay River, the sounds of the rushing water are both soothing and relaxing. The views to the north and south are absolutely stunning. Once you and your family have enjoyed and relaxed in the yurt and on the river deck, you can make your way to the custom bubble deck with telescope for stargazing along with a custom floating hammock for relaxing. There is also a custom fire pit with a love bench made from stone, a BBQ area with picnic tables, and several gravel walkways to explore the entire property. As you make your way to the south side of the property you will see some custom chairs carved out of trees from the property, and another set of rock stairs leading into the Ellijay River. And if you weren’t already blown away by this amazing cabin, your electrical vehicle will be happy too as it gets recharged at the EV Charging station featuring a 40amp Juicebox for your next Blue Ridge adventure!

Endless Echo

Endless Echo is a beautiful and unique 4-bedroom cabin with great amenities, stunning mountain views, peace and quiet, and so much more! Just outside alone they have fruit trees, a herb and vegetable garden decorated with whimsical sculptures, a firepit, a hot tub, and multiple seating options. The outdoor spaces are also all professionally landscaped.

The interior has an art-filled rustic-meets-mid century modern décor feel that you won’t see anywhere else! Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, designer pieces, and a stone remote controlled gas fireplace. Plus a 65” HDTV with Apple TV and Roku and a Sonos music system! This cabin is perfect for tech lovers; which is why they also have a universal 50amp ChargePoint charger outside for electric cars. This 4-bedroom cabin is equipped with everything you could need and more! 

Hidden Creek Cabin

A great Georgia mountain vacation is one that whisks you away to a beautiful cabin alongside a creek, where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy your family and friends. You can find just that type of escape at Hidden Creek Cabin, a brand new cabin as of January 2021. But that’s not all: while you may feel like you are worlds away from the stresses and pressures of daily life, you are also fully connected in this modern contemporary retreat to a virtual personal assistant in every room of this cabin. With eleven Alexas: one in each room including both outdoor decks, you’ll have the artificial intelligence technology of voice interaction and independent music playback at your command in every room.

Nestled alongside the woods near a hidden creek, just four miles from downtown Blue Ridge, this spectacular newly built property will be the perfect oasis where you can relax and recharge while enjoying everything the Georgia mountains have to offer. Speaking of recharging, you can easily charge up your electric vehicle with an Level-2 40amp EV & PHEV Charging Station for electric vehicles.

Hilltop Hideaway

Hilltop Hideaway is just 5 minutes from Blue Ridge but in a secluded setting. Located on a mountain, Hilltop Hideaway’s exterior has wraparound decks that showcase the mountain views from every angle! The porches are even screened in for your comfort and convenience. You’ll especially love the hot-tub on the lower porch that includes Bluetooth speakers, and you’ll enjoy swinging on the large swing as well.

Inside, the cabin has plenty of country charm and rustic elegance. The bright and sunny living room will welcome you in with it’s wall of windows and cozy leather couches. Cook up dinner for the whole family in the beautiful kitchen that has everything from stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, to a waffle maker and a wine shelf for storing all your new bottles from the local wineries. Then when dinner is ready serve it up in the dining room which seats 6, with overflow at the breakfast bar. And not only does Hilltop Hideaway’s game room contain classics like air hockey, pool, and foosball but they also have an arcade machine with over 60 games! When you finish exploring all that Blue Ridge has to offer, charge up your car with the cabin’s Nema 1450 charger for electric vehicles; a 32A (7.7kw) with commercial grade Level 2. And after you charge up, catch some Z’s in either one of the 3-bedrooms or the loft. The cabin sleeps up to 8 guests and is the perfect relaxing getaway you need! 

My Mountain Medicine 

My Mountain Medicine is the log cabin you’ve always dreamed of! Take in beautiful mountain sunsets from the porch and every window. The cabin’s rustic wildlife-themed décor gives it a welcoming feel along with it’s great amenities. Enjoy the downstairs game room with board games, a Wii and 45” Smart TV, which is just one of the cabins 5 TVs.

Cook up dinner in the spacious kitchen or out on the main deck’s gas grill. Plus all 3 bedrooms come with brand-new mattresses and linens for extra comfort. And head to the driveway for a pickup game of basketball and to charge up your electric car on the Nema 1450 charger. So much awaits you at My Mountain Medicine, which is just 15 minutes from Downtown Blue Ridge!

Tumnus Ridge

Located in Morganton, just 15 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, is the peaceful cabin Tumnus Ridge! Its relaxing and peaceful environment isn’t the only thing that makes it so special. One of its many hallmarks is its incredible outdoor spaces. Unwind after a long day of exploring, in the screened-in outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace that’s seated just above the custom-designed waterfall feature. Or choose to relax on the wraparound porch, in the 5 person hot tub, the fenced-in dog-friendly garden, or even by the firepit. Tumnus Ridge was made with outdoor lovers in mind!

Inside the fun continues with 3-bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fully stocked kitchen, work stations, and even a mini gym. Before you head out to explore Blue Ridge don’t forget to charge your car at the Tesla Electric Vehicle Charger. Tumnus Ridge is the perfect relaxing getaway for your next trip to the mountains! 

Hike these 8 Blue Ridge Mountain Trails



Why do people escape to the mountains? For peace, quiet, and some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life; of course. But if you’re an outdoor lover you probably also escape to the mountains to explore some wonderful hiking trails. In Blue Ridge, we have no shortage of great hiking options. Choose from mountain trails, riverside trails, lakeside trails, wooded trails, and even trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls. Wherever your heart leads you to explore, we’ve got it!

We’ve comprised a list of our top 8 favorite hiking trails to guide you on your next adventure. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a total newbie just wanting to get outdoors, there are trails for everyone. So grab your friends, family, and dogs along too for an adventure of a lifetime and fall in love with some of the best trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Benton McKaye Trail

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Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, we love the Benton McKaye Trail because it’s close to so many great activities like Lily Pad Village, Toccoa Valley Campground, and more. Plus it connects to so many other trails that will take you all around Blue Ridge! Benton McKaye crosses the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles south of Blue Ridge. Along the trail you may come across the famous Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Springer Mountain; all great spots to stop for a photo-op!

The Benton MacKaye Trail is a great option for day hikers and explorers looking to do some sightseeing. Or if you’re up for an adventure, you can warm up for a thru-hike by doing the entire 300 miles ending in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. There’s always something new to find on the Benton McKaye Trail! 

Lake Blue Ridge Loop

Take in the beauty of Lake Blue Ridge for yourself and hike the trails around the lake. The Lake Blue Ridge Loop is a quick 0.8 miles and is well maintained, making it a great hike for all ages. Admire the trees reflecting off the water as you wander along the trail. Once you finish, head on over to the Morganton Point Recreation Area for a quick dip or a much-needed lunch in the picnic area. 

Aska Adventure Area trails

The Aska Adventure Area hiking trails are made up of 5 smaller trails: Stanley Gap Trail, Green Mountain Trail, Flat Creek Loop, Stanley Gap/Flat Creek Connector, and Long Branch Loop; which all together form 17.0 miles of beautiful trails to explore.

Open year-round, these winding trails will take you through the Chattahoochee National Forest and across mountain streams & creeks. You might even run into a waterfall or two! These trails also eventually connect to the Benton McKaye Trail and Lake Blue Ridge Loop. Most all of the trails in Fannin County are connected and ready to take you throughout the most beautiful parts of Blue Ridge.

Jack’s River Trail

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Jacks River Trail is a 14.8-mile trail located within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Be aware that this trail is slightly more advanced and parts of it cross moving water; so make sure you’re up for the challenge! The hike will be a rocky, water-filled adventure that crosses Jacks River and its tributaries over 40 times, but the views will be so worth it.

One of the highlights of the hike is the beautiful, 80-foot Jacks River Falls. The falls are easily one of the South’s most beautiful waterfalls and one of Georgia’s top hiking destinations. You’ll also find wildflowers, mossy river banks, and rocky paths just waiting to be explored! If you’re looking for a rewarding and fun adventure this hike is for you!

Emery Creek Falls Trail

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Looking for more water adventures? Hike on Emery Creek Falls Trail for a fun challenge!  This intermediate trail takes hikers through 20 creeks and past several waterfalls throughout the 6.2-mile round trip hike. You’ll wander and explore the lush, forested trail and feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from the rest of the world. Along the way, you’ll run into a pair of stunning, beautiful, remote waterfalls. Relax, listen to the sounds of the rushing waterfall, and feel at peace in your own beautiful oasis. 

The Hemp Top Trail

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Climb some of the highest peaks in Georgia as you make your way along The Hemp Top Trail. Only 10 minutes outside of Blue Ridge, this 6.2-mile strenuous hike is well worth it for the views at the top. You’ll be able to see the Tennessee Valley and surrounding mountains from one of the highest points in the Cohutta Wilderness. This quiet hike will submerge you right into the beauty of the North Georgia wilderness but is recommended for more experienced hikers. 

Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails

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While the Ocoee Whitewater Center, just across the border in Tennessee, is known for its whitewater rafting, but they also have over 30 miles of trails to explore! The Ocoee Whitewater Center is the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic white water events and has much to see like the Olympic bridges, gardens, historic and forested trails, and a 330-foot suspension bridge. Athletes and Olympic fans will especially love the trails but any outdoor lover can enjoy them! And when you finish your long or short adventure, picnic by the river and imagine the dozens of rafts that floated down that very same river in the Olympic games over 25 years ago! 

Amicalola Falls 

The hike to Amicalola Falls is a 2.1-mile loop but much of it is uphill. You’ll cross rocky terrain, as you weave through the narrow trail. On your way up to the falls, you’ll hear the sounds of rushing water in the distance and will catch a glimpse of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Once you reach the top of the falls you’ll begin the steep walk down along bridges and stairs. You’ll be blown away by the 730-foot waterfall that cascades down a towering cliff into a pool of water far below.

Soak in the incredible views of the tallest waterfall in Georgia, as you make your way down the stairs; you’ll have plenty of chances for photos of course! Looking for a more challenging hike to the falls? Take the 10-mile hike, past the stone archway at the visitor center onto the Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail Loop. You’ll still make it to the falls you’ll just have a longer, more challenging hike ahead of you. Whichever route you choose Amicalola Falls is a must-see! 

Adults Night Out in Blue Ridge



There is not much better than escaping to the Blue Ridge mountains with the whole family for a memorable week creating memories. However, alone time with your partner is much needed too and a romantic getaway can really help to ignite your passion. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. Take time to relax and connect at the cabin, but when you are ready for some nightlife, Blue Ridge has all the hot spots to explore!

Whiskey & Water- Seafood & Bourbon Bar

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Start your night off with dinner and drinks at Whiskey & Water; a brand new local spot right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! Enjoy their large selection of high-quality, sustainable seafood, cocktails, whiskeys and bourbons from all over the world. Whole Fried Snapper with a whiskey on the rocks anyone? They make their dishes with the freshest of ingredients and with fish caught from the best of America’s coasts. Are you a local to Blue Ridge? You may notice the Whiskey & Water’s location is the old historic 1937 Post Office, beautifully renovated into the new restaurant space. If you’re looking for a nice night on the town with good drinks and good food then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! 

Escape Blue Ridge 

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After a filling dinner at Whiskey & Water it’s time to get active and solve a mystery or two at Escape Blue Ridge. You and your group will find yourselves “locked” in a room and the only way to get out is by solving a series of riddles and puzzles to escape before time runs out. Currently you can take on two different adventures Prohibition– a 1920’s themed room where you and your group are a team of investigators leading the charge on illegal alcohol sales or Black Beard’s Brig– a pirate themed room where you’ll enter in handcuffs and must escape before the evil pirates return and make you walk the plank! And coming soon in March 2022 is a wizard themed room- Wizard School of Magic. You and your friends will have a blast solving puzzles together and going on an adventure! 

Vertigo Pinball

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Not in the mood for an adventure? Throw it back to your youth and be that “Pinball Wizard” you’ve always dreamed of being at Blue Ridge’s most exciting new venue- Vertigo Pinball! No coins, tokens, or bills needed; just buy a wristband and play till your heart’s content! Play on all kinds of themed pinball machines like Marvel, Jurassic Park, Metallica, The Walking Dead, The Mandolorian, and so much more. Also enjoy a selection of beer, wine, and ciders while you play and unique eats like grown-up grilled cheese! Have a night full of fun and games! 

Hook & Eye

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After a few rounds of pinball or after solving your escape, the fun continues! Head over for more drinks at Blue Ridge’s new rooftop bar- Hook & Eye. Kick back with a cocktail in your hand and enjoy the beautiful view of Downtown below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Open Tuesday-Saturday!

Black Bear Bier Garten 

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More drinks can be found at Black Bear Bier Garten. They offer 19 local, craft & imported draft beers. And pair your brewski with one of 9 varieties of wild game sausages or one of their giant pretzels! Even enjoy live music on select nights! Need a girls night out instead? Drop the husbands off at “husband daycare” while you and the girls shop and explore Blue Ridge together. There’s always fun to be had at the Black Bear Bier Garten! 

Bin 322

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Wine, wine, and more wine! Let the fun continue at Bin 322! They offer regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters. Sit out on the beautiful patio or inside; wherever you choose you’ll appreciate the relaxing and intimate atmosphere while getting the chance to catch up with your favorite. And if you stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm you can enjoy live music from local artists. Bonus; on Monday nights from 6pm-8pm you can join in on SINGO, music style bingo! Bin 322 has great wines and is a wonderful place to relax with friends!

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

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Finish off the night at Mona Lisa’s with a nightcap & a plate full of sweet treats! They have all the desserts you can imagine! From cakes and pies, to dessert martinis and wines; they truly have it all. Ending your night with a delicious and decadent dessert is a perfect ending to a SWEET night of kid-free fun in Blue Ridge! 

Be sure to check out some of these NEW spots on your next Escape to Blue Ridge and of course our local breweries and wineries for more kid-free fun. Need more ideas? Check out our Workcation blog for more ways to relax, unwind, and have fun: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/workcation/