About Blue Ridge, GAMore Activities
During the early 1900’s, visitors from the city journeyed to Blue Ridge by train to enjoy the health resort’s pure mineral waters. Today, growing numbers of tourists are coming to historic Blue Ridge to shop for Appalachian arts and crafts, pottery, quilts, antiques, mountain home furnishings, apples, smoked trout– even hand-made alpaca sweaters and shawls. Artists are attracted to the Georgia mountains because the peace and quiet, misty mountains and clear starry nights provide time, tranquility and inspiration for creating wonderful art, from tradition art and craft to contemporary painting and sculpture.
Georgia’s Blue Ridge is located in the North Georgia mountains in Fannin County, bordered by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. More than 40% of the county’s land is in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Blue Ridge is named for the southern reach of the Appalachian Mountain Range that stretches into Fannin County. A number of events are held in Blue Ridge, including the Arts in the Park Festival, a Labor Day Barbecue and a Mountain Harvest Sale at the Blue Ridge State Farmer’s Market.
Blue Ridge is the starting point of the excursion train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, at the Historic Train Depot and Red Caboose Visitors Center. More than 17,000 people visit Blue Ridge to ride the train and shop in all the antique and specialty stores.
Enjoy the exhilaration of a day hiking to nearby waterfalls, horseback riding on forested trails or whitewater rafting in our unspoiled mountain beauty. Looking for quiet romance or peace of mind? Try spending the day watching the sun glimmer across the aqua blue waters of Lake Blue Ridge or crystal clear Toccoa River.