Many fun and exciting adventures await groups in Blue Ridge when they plan vacations that include short or long-term stays in one of the many North GA cabin rentals in the area.
Here are some favorites:
Family Fun for Everyone
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad leaves from the downtown Blue Ridge Station from May through December on its scenic journey along the Toccoa River to McCaysville, GA. While there, be sure to take a picture of your group on the Blue Line (Georgia-Tennessee State line). The Scenic Railroad becomes the Polar Express during the Christmas season. For reservations, call 1-800-934-1898.
Visit Mercier Orchards and enjoy a tasty fried apple pie. In the fall, pick your own apples and enjoy a hayride. Mercier has been a family farm for 65 years and is the Southeast's largest apple orchard. Be sure to visit their farm store and café.
Play the Family Fun Adventure Game, sponsored by the Fannin County Welcome Center. Pick up their official game booklet and visit all the sites in the book. When completed, return it to the center for a prize.
The Lily Pad on Aska Road is a new family friendly attraction that includes mini-golf, fishing, gem mining and several guided nature hikes. For more mini-golf, try the eighteen holes at Cohutta Cove Mini-Golf on Highway 515. Finally, while the adults enjoy Downtown Blue Ridge shops, the kids can enjoy the downtown playground.
The Benton MacKaye and Appalachian Trails cross Fannin County and offer great hiking. The Benton MacKaye crosses the Toccoa River on the Swingbridge, the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi River. Many other trails begin here and maps are available at the Welcome Center.
The Aska Adventure Area is known for its tubing, kayaking, and fishing on the Toccoa River. Rent kayaks, paddleboards or a pontoon boat at Lake Blue Ridge Marina and have a beautiful day on the lake. If you prefer the shore, try the Morganton Point Recreation Area for picnicking, swimming and fishing. (Wear water shoes; it has a pebble beach.)
The Natural Water Parks at the Ocoee Whitewater Center are well worth a visit. There are sliding rocks and wading pools (wear water shoes!) as well as walking trails. There are also mountain bike trails and flat bike paths. The Whitewater Center was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics Kayak, Canoe and Slalom events. Whitewater rafting on Class Three and Four rapids is available here for rafters aged 12 and up.
Cool and Unique Experiences
Pick up a brochure of Geocaching coordinates from the Fannin Welcome Center. There are five hidden treasure sites to discover using your GPS. Take something and leave something, then sign the log. The geographical coordinates will take you to some great scenic spots along the way.
Take in a first-run movie on the weekend at the Swan Drive-In Theater, one of only three remaining in Georgia. Call 706-632-5235 to find out what is playing. If you have an interest in history and the unusual, sign up for one of the Blue Ridge Ghost Tours. These downtown walking tours (okay for children) are by reservation only.
Zipline and Canopy tours are both great ways to have some North Georgia fun with everyone, so make sure to ask Sophia in the front office of Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals about tour specials and discounts.
Of course, after a day of fun in the Blue Ridge sun, your group will want to get together and discuss all the adventures of the day. The best way to optimize your Blue Ridge cabin rentals is to find cabins that are within walking distance from one another, so that everyone can get together easily for fun times around the fire pit. Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals has a number of cabins close by one another, allowing you and your group of friends the opportunity to experience the North Georgia Mountains together.