Things to do in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

Thehiking stunning scenery of Northeast Georgia’s gentle peaks and mountains, rushing waters and natural beauty will sooth your soul.

Hiking

The most unique thing about our location is our proximity to the world famous Appalachian Trail and the surrounding wilderness area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. We are sandwiched between and bordered by the Blood Mountain Wilderness Area and the Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area.

Some of our cabins are only a one hundred yard footpath from the Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine, over the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. A 2½ mile walk on the Appalachian Trail will take you to the top of Blood Mountain, the highest point on the trail in Georgia, and one of the most scenic sites in Georgia.

Visit Waterfalls

We are also in the heart of the Georgia waterfall country. Stop by our store and pick up a free map of the local waterfalls.

Waterfall and hiking trail map

Fishing

Lake, River and Trout Stream Fishing in the North Georgia Mountains

With over 1,300 miles of trout streams on the forest, there are plenty opportunities to catch Trout, Walleye, Bluegill, and Bass. Lake Blue Ridge is the only place in Georgia where anglers can catch Muskellunge as well as Trout and Bass.

Hiking Scavenger Hunt

Historical Sites

There are many natural history and Cherokee Indian historical sites in Northeast Georgia.

Lakes Sports & Parks

Whether relaxing in the shade near the water, swimming, boating or fishing, there are many beautiful lakes in the area.

Activities abound, from mountain biking, horseback riding, or zip lines, to kayaking, canoeing, tubing or white water rafting.

Marinas:

Nottely Marina - The Nottely Marina has a general store with a fuel dock, live bait & tackle, boating supplies, clean restroom facilities, a safe boat launch, pontoon rentals, covered and uncovered slip rentals. Located at 86 Doucette Circle, Blairsville. You can reach them by phone at (706) 745-3638.

North Georgia Watersports - Providing all of your rental, sales, and service needs. Pontoon, wakeboard, ski boats, Jet Skis, Waverunner, kayaks, and jetovator rentals. Located at 2132 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville. You can reach them by phone at (706) 835-1222.

Boundary Waters Resort & Marina -Escape to the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge with Boundary Waters Resort & Marina. Pontoon, wakeboard, ski boats, Jet Skis, Waverunner and kayak rentals. Located at 107 Boundary Waters Dr., Hiawassee, GA 30546. https://boundarywatersresort.com/

Outdoor Outfitters & Guide Services

With an abundance of natural resources in our backyard, Blairsville-Union County offers a variety of outdoor outfitters and guide services for your next hiking, fishing, biking, or camping trip.

Blairsville Bikes & Hikes 49 Blue Ridge Street, Blairsville, GA 706-745-8141

Mountain Crossings 12471 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 706-745-6095

North GA Mountain Premier Fishing Guide Service 1775 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, GA 706-897-3292

Southern Highroads Outfitters 253 Hwy 515 Building 1-C, Blairsville, GA 706-781-1414

Motorcycling- View more information at www.motorcycleroads.com.

Dahlonega offers a collection of scenic attractions such as mountains, lush forests, and many freshwater bodies that will provide a picturesque backdrop for some wonderful motorcycle rides. The North Georgia mountains are rich in Historical Southern culture defined by its people, its music, its history & festivals and will provide motorcyclists with some distinctive amenities.

Georgia's Dragon - The Suches Loop (42 miles) -The route is in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest and drives around the base of Georgia's Blood Mountain. This is an exceptionally beautiful area in the fall as the foliage turns into a picturesque tapestry of red, gold, and green. And you'll have some incredible views up there as you pass through three mountain passes along the way: Neel's Gap, Hester Gap, and Stonepile Gap.

The Extended Suches Loop (106 miles) -Plenty of picture opportunities on this trip! The first half of the trip allows for National Parks and 'Gaps' to pull off and see the mountains. This makes for a great fall ride during late October or early November. Lake Burton will get you taking group photos with the lake in the background. The water is clear and fish are usually feeding right off the dock. The second part of the trip is more flat lands and a chance to wind down from the excitement of the ride.

Talking Rock to Dahlonega - Route 136 (48 miles) -Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge region. In the winter, Amicalola Falls may be seen briefly from about 10 miles away.

Chattahoochee National Forest Tour (83 miles) -This route in deep in the mountains crossing small rivers and streams. The fall colors are beautiful!

Family Fun

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center- Guided tours are available for the Ethnobotanic Gardens, Woodland Medicine Trail, and the Cannery Interpretive Center on Mondays from 9am-1pm, May through September. For more information please call 706-745-2655 or online at www.gmrec.uga.edu

Logan Turnpike Mill- 800-84-GRITS or online at www.loganturnpikemill.com

Sleepy Hollow Enterprises- Free Admission. For more information please call 706-379-9622 or online at www.whimsicalfairygarden.com

Lardworks Studio at Lasso The Moon Alpaca Farm-Free Admission. Schedule an appointment by calling 706-835-1837 or online at www.alpacamoon.com

Dahlonega Gold Museum (706) 864-2257 1 Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.gastateparks.org/DahlonegaGoldMuseum Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed certain holidays.

Consolidated Gold Mines (706) 864-8473 185 Consolidated Gold Mine Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.consolidatedgoldmine.com Open Mon - Fri 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Closed some holidays.

Crisson Gold Mine (706) 864-6363 2736 Morrison Moore Parkway East, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.crissongoldmine.com

Chestatee River Diving Bell Hancock Park, North Meaders Street & Warwick Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 "Possibly the only remaining example of a 19th Century diving bell in existence.” - Wreck Diving Magazine

Gold Mine Shaft at The Smith House (706) 867-7000 84 South Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Wineries & Vineyards

" Dahlonega: Best Wine Town, Runner Up" - Garden & Gun Magazine

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery (706) 867-7700 3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Frogtown Cellars (706) 865-0687 700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.frogtownwine.com

Montaluce Winery & Estates (706) 867-4060 501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery (706) 865-9463 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery (706) 867-9862 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.wolfmountainvineyards.com

Ghost Tours

Dahlonega Ghost Walk - Historic Hauntings Tour (706) 482-879 19 East Main Street (Upstairs), Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.dahlonegawalkingtours.com

Haunted Dahlonega: Spirits, Legends & Lore (706) 864-2257 1 Public Square, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 www.facebook.com/FODGM Saturdays at 7 p.m.