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Things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Georgia's quaint town of Blue Ridge welcomes you to the breathtaking splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a wide stretch of stunning hills and vast forests that are a part of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. Named as such because of the bluish hue seen from a distance due to the trees that line the mountains, the Blue Ridge range is a truly spectacular sight to behold and home to a variety of exciting opportunities that will make your vacation one to remember. 

1. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Considered one of the “must-see” attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this railroad connects Blue Ridge and McCaysville and lets you soak up all the views on a relaxing ride along the Toccoa River. Hop aboard at the historic depot in Blue Ridge and choose either an authentic indoor car, an open rail car, or Premier Class to enjoy your two-hour 26-mile round-trip. A two-hour layover is also included where you can unwind, explore, or grab something to eat!

2. Mercier Orchards

The largest apple orchard in the southeast welcomes you to an unforgettable experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains! The Mercier family has been overlooking this beautiful area for 65 years, and continue to draw in travelers from all over who are looking for a relaxing adventure and a chance to taste the fruits of the mountains. Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and, of course, apples! The orchard grows 20 kinds of apples, so you’re sure to discover your favorite! Stop by the bakery afterward for their famous fried apple pies, or unwind with a delicious country breakfast at the deli. The onsite winery and tasting room also lets you indulge in samples of cider and plenty of local and regional wines. Mercier is known for making the first hard apple cider from farm-grown apples in all of Georgia!

3. The Appalachian Trail

The Blue Ridge Mountains is home to the start of the famous Appalachian Trail which stretches its way over 2,000 miles up to Maine’s Mount Katahdin. You’ll start from beautiful Springer Mountain in Fannin County, and experience around 80 miles of the trail within Georgia borders until you reach Bly Gap, where you’ll cross over into North Carolina. Whether you’re planning to trek the whole trail or just interested to explore the area where it begins, this is a Blue Ridge destination that shouldn’t be missed. 

4. Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge 

If you’re looking for a little more excitement on your Blue Ridge vacation, then a zip-lining tour with Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge is everything you need--and more. Here, you can experience the beautiful Blue Ridge scenery to your heart’s content on unique zipline courses that will get your adrenaline pumping. They offer 13 zips, a total of 6,000 feet, 12 canopy decks with a max height of 65 feet, three sky bridges, two towers, and more!

5. Swan Drive-in

It might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to a Blue Ridge Mountain vacation, but vacationers hail the Swan Drive-in as a great family-friendly activity. It’s easy to unwind with the surrounding mountains as your backdrop and enjoy the film with your loved ones! The historic drive-in is one of four remaining drive-ins in the state of Georgia and shows two features every night. A concession stand is also available and full of your favorite movie theater treats!