The mountain town of Blue Ridge may not be the most obvious destination for a getaway, but its rustic charm goes a long way. It seems as if the town was deliberately hidden among the hilly, lush wilderness of Georgia's Chattahoochee Forest.
Just beyond city limits, go on nature hikes like the great Appalachian Trail (2200 miles), which passes through 14 states and begins right here at Fannin County's Mt. Springer. Or, conquer the Cohutta range.
The stunning fall colors of the Chattahoochee foliage are a sight to behold. Shutterbugs should go for a long drive from Blue Ridge. Just point your car in the direction of the rustling leaves and set off!
Looking for more of a thrill ride? You can cross "Ride a tank" off your bucket list at TankTown USA in Morganton. Crush a few cars if you feel like it!
For a less bumpy ride, book yourself a seat on thequaint Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This appropriately blue-colored train cuts through the wilderness along the banks of Toccoa River for a 2-hour journey to McCaysville.
Paddlers can take the canoe out for a spin on the mighty Toccoa River as it winds its way through the greenery near Blue Ridge.
The upper stretches of the Toccoa River (above Lake Blue Ridge Dam) are ideal for some tubing fun. Have some family fun floating and splashing around.
The local fish hatchery keeps the Toccoa River and its streams stocked with plenty of trout. So, fly fishing might be the best way to spend an idyllic afternoon at the river. Blue Ridge is the trout capital of Georgia after all!
Feel at home in the wilderness? Just pitch a tent right there, by the lakeside. Get the campfire going at designated campgrounds like the one at Cooper Creek.
If you don't feel like pitching a tent, just rent a luxury mountain cabin with breathtaking views of the forest. Or, you can book your stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast within the city itself.
Whether you're looking for a relaxing bike ride through the forest or a fast-paced one on the mountains, Blue Ridge has got you covered. The Tanasi Trail system alone has over 30 miles worth of biking trails.
With quite a few riding stables and even more horseback trails to choose from, horse-lovers are in for a treat at Blue Ridge. The cowboy hats are optional, but recommended.
Relax at the sprawling apple plantations of Mercier Orchards. Don't forget to stock up on hard apple cider before you leave to visit the Serenberry Vineyards next.
Challenge yourself at the rope courses of Blue Ridge Adventure Park. You can spend an afternoon with the kids navigating the demanding, yet fun aerial obstacles.
Swing by some of Blue Ridge's craft breweries and brewpubs. There are many to choose from. Local ingredients are used in a few specialty beers that you won't be able to taste anywhere else.
Have an old school date night at one of America's last remaining drive-in theaters: the 64-years old Swan Drive In. The town of Blue Ridge has always had a strong connection to the good old days.