To the south of Blue Ridge is the Aska Adventure Area, Springer Mountain, Amicalola Falls and the head of the Appalachian Trail. To the east is the Blairsville/Hiawassee area with Vogel State Park and Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak. To the west is the 40,000-acre Cohutta Wilderness, and to the north is the Copper Basin of Tennessee, the Ocoee Scenic Byway and Ocoee River whitewater.
There are 16 waterfalls within a short drive of Blue Ridge on our self-guided waterfall map, which you can download on blueridgemountains.com.
Tube, kayak or raft the Toccoa River either above or below the Lake Blue Ridge dam. Enjoy the Morganton Point Recreation Area on Lake Blue Ridge, which features camping, fishing, a swimming beach and picnic areas, plus kayak and paddleboard rentals. Rent a pontoon, canoe, kayak or paddleboard at Lake Blue Ridge Marina for a day on the lake.
Whitewater rafting on the wild waters of the Ocoee River equals a full day of fun. The Olympic kayak slalom course at the Ocoee Whitewater Center is perfect for wading and sliding over the rocks when the river is not running (weekdays).
As the Trout Capital of Georgia, there are more than 100 miles of great trout fishing rivers, creeks and streams in the area, including Jack’s River, Conasauga River, Toccoa River, Rock Creek, Noontootla Creek, and Cooper Creek. Consult the Georgia Guide to Trout Fishing, available free at the Welcome Center, for details on seasons, creel limits and size restrictions. Fishing guides and outfitters are plentiful in Blue Ridge.