North Georgia Mountains: An Ideal Urban Retreat
Many people are surprised to find this quaint mountain oasis tucked away in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.
Where are the North Georgia Mountains?
If you live in Chattanooga, TN or Atlanta, GA, a short drive can get you from the congested urban centers to the tranquil ridges and gorgeous valley views. The peaceful songs of nature make it easy to just sit back and relax.
The North Georgia Mountains are centrally located in some of the Southeast’s most lush and beautiful mountain scenery.
- 90 minute drive from Atlanta’s airport (Hartsfield Jackson International Airport)
- At the foothills of the Appalachians
- At the intersection of NE Georgia, SE Tennessee & SW North Carolina
- In the lush valleys of Georgia’s Fannin County – over 100,000 acres of protected forests.
- By the pristine waters of Lake Blue Ridge
- Next to the mighty Ocoee River
Vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains
With quick access from both Atlanta and Chattanooga – Blue Ridge, GA and Copperhill, TN are increasingly popular spots for second homes. The natural beauty of the area makes it a hot spot for vacation rentals, cabins and second homes.
What Makes the Blue Ridge Area Special?
Voted in the Top 10 Vacation Spots by TripAdvisor
In late 2007, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel survey resource, determined Blue Ridge, GA is number 5 in the top 10 destinations for travel during 2008. This recognition comes as no surprise to the North Georgia Mountain natives who know all to well the unprecedented beauty and countless opportunities for outdoor recreation that Blue Ridge, GA and Copperhill, TN can offer.
Nestled in the historic homeland of the Cherokee Nation, the timeless natural beauty of the area has been largely preserved thanks to the establishment of three National Forest areas: the Cherokee National Forest, the Nantahala National Forest, and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Georgia’s Fannin County alone has over 100,000 acres of protected United States Forest Service land, most of which neighbors the protected areas in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest North Carolina.
Activities in the Blue Ridge Area
In the greater Blue Ridge area and picturesque Copper Basin there are opportunities for hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, tubing on the Toccoa River, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, golfing, forest trails, antiquing, scenic railway rides, as well as many local festivals and playhouses.
The best opportunities for outdoor recreation combine in the North Georgia Mountains and scenic Copper Basin.
Fun on the Water: White Water, Tubing, Boating, Water-Skiing & Fishing
White Water Rafting –Just a few short years ago, the mighty Ocoee River held the whitewater events when Atlanta hosted the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Today those with adventurous spirits continue to raft the river’s rapids, some even choosing to challenge the Upper Ocoee’s Class V rapids that make up the Olympic course.
Lazy River Tubing – Those who are less interested in the fast pace of whitewater will find no problem booking a relaxing tubing trip down the lazy Toccoa River, or even the scenic Hiawassee which winds through the Cherokee National Forest.
Lakes – Boating or water-skiing on Lake Blue Ridge, the nation’s most pristine man-made lake is always an option!
Fishing – with all of the lakes and rivers near by, fishing is a fun option.
Fun on the Trails: Hiking, Biking & Horseback Riding
Water sports are not all the area has to offer. Popular pastimes include hiking and mountain biking. Sections of the Appalachian Trail run through the North Georgia Mountains and offer breathtaking vistas and challenging terrain. The Cherokee National Forest offers several trails for equestrian enthusiasts.
Numerous trails wind alongside the Upper Ocoee’s river rapids Olympic course and along sections of the Old Copper Road, offering perfect picturesque walks along paved trails and more challenging nature trails into the foothills of the National Forest.
The impressive Ocoee Whitewater Center emerges from the boulders lining the Olympic course, yet it beauty stands in the literal shadow of a massive 330 foot tall suspension bridge that towers above the rapids below.
See the Mountains by Railway
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway also continues to grow in popularity as it chugs along the winding track running through the valleys of the Blue Ridge area and along the edge of the Toccoa River to make its stop just shy of the Tennessee state line in the quaint sister cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA.
In fact, the popularity of the railway has inspired an “all Tennesee” route known as the Hiawassee River Rail which traces the route of the Hiawassee River and even takes guests around the world-famous Hiawassee or Bald Mountain Loop, where the track was constructed to double over itself for over 60 feet as it wraps around the mountain instead of blasting a path through or along the mountainside.
In the Blue Ridge Overhills the country charm of the various mountain communities combines perfectly with the astonishing beauty North Georgia Mountains. Quaint mom & pop shops, restaurants, antiquing and handmade mountain goods including furniture, foods, and décor combine effortlessly with the convenience of chain necessities like groceries, pharmacies, etc. in North Georgia, Southwest North Carolina, and Southeast Tennessee.
Museums, local arts and artists thrive in the rich cultural atmosphere nourished by the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. The famous John C. Campbell folk art campus is just a short drive away in Brasstown, North Carolina. Blue Ridge even has one of the last remaining drive-in theaters, the Swan Drive-In which shows double features nightly through the summer and serves hot homemade funnel cakes to patrons who fill the lot by the car-full!
Aside from local courses, a short drive can put you on target for a tee time at the championship course at Young Harris’ Brasstown Valley Resort, or even at White Path Golf Course, just a few miles south of Blue Ridge, Georgia and designed by Rocky Roquemore.
Blue Ridge – A retreat with something for everyone
Whether you are interested in permanent relocation, a retirement investment, or just a quaint place to spend your next family vacation, we are certain that the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and scenic Copper Basin area have the tranquility, convenience, & natural beauty you need.