The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia provide a rare combination of pristine wilderness, much of which is protected lakes and forests. Take your pick of interesting pursuits including outdoor adventure, locally-inspired dining, entertainment, arts, and culture. Nowhere is this better epitomized than the historic town of Blue Ridge — an arts-rich community that seamlessly melds uptown sophistication with small-town friendliness. In fact, the town’s irresistible energy has earned it the distinction as “Georgia’s Top Renaissance City.”

Close Proximity

Just 85 miles north of Atlanta, Old Toccoa Farm is a world away – but not far away. In less time than it can take to get cross-town to a Friday night Braves game, you could be hitting a bucket of balls and enjoying a glass of wine with friends around the outdoor fireplace. Likewise, access from Florida and the Gulf Coast is an easy day’s drive.

Connection to Nature and Recreation

Blue Ridge is your basecamp for exceptional outdoor adventure — whether you’re shooting world-class rapids on the Ocoee River or hiking past thundering waterfalls along the Trout Adventure Trail, Appalachian Trail or Benton Mackaye Trail. You can saddle up at one of our area stables for a ridge-top trail ride, or hit the Aska Adventure Area for miles of challenging single-track mountain biking. Wherever you venture, you’ll find knowledgeable outfitters, experienced guides and friendly locals happy to help with gear selection and route planning.

Downtown Charm

A true “main street” community, Blue Ridge bustles with antiques, quaint shops, fine galleries and unique restaurants. Eclectic boutiques brim with treasures that reflect their owners’ passions. Alfresco dining, live music and theater are all part of the scene. But so are a delightful downtown city park and old railroad depot, now home to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Historic buildings line the tracks, and specialty purveyors offer locally made favorites such as handmade leather goods, custom crafted fly rods, microbrews and farm-to-table cuisine.

Harrah’s Cherokee
Valley Casino

33

Miles

Oconee
Whitewater Center

22

Miles

Start of the
Appalachian Trail

25

Miles

Lake
Blue Ridge

6

Miles

Downtown
Blue Ridge

5

Miles

Arts And Culture

The folks who define such things say that a true arts town has a town center bristling with galleries, studios and crafts workshops, as well as live theater, cafes with locally produced art and, of course, classes in the arts. That description fits Blue Ridge to a T, with its booming arts association, renowned arts festivals and vibrant population of artists and craftsmen. Ground zero for all things artsy is the historic Fannin County Courthouse, which now houses galleries, studios and classrooms.

Lake Blue Ridge

The crown jewel of the mountains, Lake Blue Ridge is an untouched gem of crystal clear waters, shaded coves and islands. At 3,290 unspoiled acres, it is one of Georgia’s most picturesque mountain lakes, with a full 80 percent of its shoreline lying in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The lake lifestyle comes easy with with convenient boat slips at Lake Blue Ridge Marina, waterside amenities and a full-service marina providing pontoon, kayak and paddle board rentals.

"At long last we have a magnificent golf course right here in Fannin County. The views are breathtaking and the course provides challenges at every turn."

Tom & Maureen Escott, Members