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The North Georgia area offers a great range of outdoor and indoor activities for children and adults. Get fun and reconnect with nature and your loved ones! Keep reading and find out our suggestions for you.
Mercier Orchards has been welcoming visitors with a taste of the mountains for over 50 years. Tourists by the bus load stop each day to sample their products and shop for gifts to take home. They grow almost 20 varieties of apples and also have peaches, blackberries, raspberries, blue berries and locally grown vegetables available. The bakery makes their famous fried pies, pastries and bread and the café is a great place for a quick lunch. You can find locally made jellies and jams, honey, smoked trout, gourmet meats and cheeses. In September you can take a wagon ride and go out into the orchard to pick your own apples. Mercier’s is now open all year long. Give them a call or visit their web site.
Location: 8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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Phone: 706- 632-3411
Want to get a birds-eye view of the mountains around Blue Ridge, like maybe from 500 feet up? Why not let Blue Ridge Helicopters take you on a sightseeing tour around the area giving you one of the best views in town. There are several different packages available for you to choose from, so they’ll have something to fit your needs. Call for more information or to schedule your tour.
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The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs along the scenic Toccoa River from the old depot in downtown Blue Ridge to McCaysville, GA from March to December. Tere’s a two-hour layover where you can eat lunch, explore the crafts and antique shops and restaurants in McCaysville and then walk across the “blue line” that signifies that you are now in Copperhill, TN. The ride is about 3 ½ hours round trip and there is shopping time in McCaysville.
Location: 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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Phone: (877) 413-8724
As one of only four drive-in movie theaters still operating in the state, the Swan Drive-in Theater is a great time for the entire family. The theater is open all year long and shows movies nightly during the summer and on weekends the rest of the time. To see what is currently showing, visit their web site.
The Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, GA distributes over 324,000 rainbow trout annually to the local trout waters in North Georgia. If you want to catch a trout or see a lot of them, this is the place to visit. The hatchery sponsors several fishing rodeos and educational programs throughout the year. Rock Creek runs through the hatchery and offers some great trout fishing. Bring your own rod, reel and bait and make sure you have your Georgia fishing license with you. There are campgrounds at either end of the property that can be used too. Call the hatchery for hours and directions.
At 4,784 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald is the highest mountain in Georgia. There is a 360 degree view of 4 states at the top of the mountain along with the visitors center and a theater showing a video presentation of the beauty of the changing seasons on the mountain. There is a “cloud forest”, the only one in Georgia, below the peak to the north and east. The steep trail to the visitors center is a ½ mile long and there is a shuttle service available for those who don’t want to walk the trail. For more information, please call the visitors center.
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Southern Tree Plantation located just south of Blairsville, GA is an active plantation growing thousands of pumpkins and Christmas trees. During the fall holiday season, they are open to the public for pumpkin and Christmas tree sales.
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The Dahlonega Gold Museum in Dahlonega, GA details the history of the gold rush into the Cherokee Nation in North Georgia in the 1800’s. The museum’s exhibits include a set of these coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides. While in town, why not pan for gold with one of the local shops.
Is the oldest fly fishing guide service on this side of the Appalachian Mountains and has been serving the North Georgia area since 2001. We offer an assortment of trips to meet client’s expectations regardless if beginners or seasoned anglers. We have guided wade trips in mountain streams to drift boat trips in valley rivers. Operating under a Guide/Outfitters permit on the Chattahoochee National Forest, we have over 4,000 miles of fishable trout streams. Our private waters include over 7.5 miles of explosive trophy trout. All gear is included and even lunch on full day excursions. Our professional guides are the best in the business and love to teach beginners the “Art of Fly Fishing”. No experience is needed and we provide all gear. Give Us a Call, We’ll Hook You Up!
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Phone: (706) 273-0764
If you are an animal lover and would like to help animals in distress, then you need to visit Build an Ark Animal Rescue in Ellijay. Founded in 1993, it serves as a foster home to sheep, goats, horses, rabbits and all kinds of other animals by giving them a safe and peaceful place to roam and be free. You really need to visit Build an Ark to fully appreciate all that the folks here do for the animals. This is a must see for the kids! Bring some apples or carrots or horse feed so you can feed the animals. A $5 donation will be greatly appreciated.
Location: 27 Eagle Mountain Dr., Ellijay, GA 30540.
This farm was founded in 1840 by the Wright family and has been providing high quality grass-fed meat products since then. They sell dry-aged, grass-fed beef and free-range Heritage pork in their farm store, along with free range eggs, hand-made dairy and goat cheeses, raw cow’s milk, creamery butter and some of the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted. Come by and check out the farm store; there’s always something good to sample there and make sure you bring your cooler because you’ll want to bring lots of things home with you.
Location: 2021 Homer Wright Rd., Ellijay, GA 30536