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18 Things to Do in North Georgia

18 Things to Do in North Georgia

Have we ever mentioned how awesome it is to be nestled in North Georgia? Seriously, one of the best perks is being so close to the stunning North Georgia Mountains and all the breathtaking scenery they offer. Whether you're in downtown Atlanta or enjoying the laid-back charm of the northern suburbs, you're just a short drive away from endless outdoor adventures and activities in Georgia's mountain country. We've done some research, and here are the top things to do in the North Georgia mountains. Whether you're headed for a hike in Blue Ridge or grabbing a glass of wine in Dahlonega, we've got your trip covered! 🏔️🍷 

Top Things to do in Canton, GA

  • Visit us at Bizarre Coffee! Stop by, say hi and grab a yummy coffee goodie and some delicous food to get fueled for your day in North Georgia! 

  • Explore the Georgia National Cemetery – Managed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, this awe-inspiring National Cemetery sprawls across 774.9 acres of land generously donated by land developer and World War II veteran, Scott Hudgens. Its noble mission is to honor United States military veterans and their families for the next fifty years. A visit here is not only a testament of appreciation to those who served, but also a poignant tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Visit the Cherokee County History Center - If you're a history enthusiast eager to delve into Cherokee County's rich heritage, spanning from pre-Native American settlement to the present day, look no further! The museum is located in Downtown Canton just one block off of Main Street. 

  • Visit Etowah River Park - If you're seeking an outdoor adventure, the look no further than this sprawling 58-acre park. It boasts several amenities, including a playground, an outdoor amphitheater, and a picturesque 1.6-mile trail loop. Don't miss the breathtaking bridge, offering views of the serene Etowah River.

  • Grab a Cold Brew at Reformation Brewery Canton -  A local brewery dedicated to spreading love throughout the North Georgia community with really good beer and fostering fun connections. 

Top Things to do in Blue Ridge, GA

  • Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic RailwayA scenic 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the North Georgia countryside. Grab your tickets in advance to make sure you secure you spot on this trip through the mountains! 

  • Hike to the Top of Amicalola FallsEmbark on a breathtaking journey straight up 604 stairs to behold the majestic Amicalola waterfalls from the top. If you're not up for the full 2.1-mile hike, shorter options are also available, ensuring there's an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

  • Hike Springer MountainA well-known and loved trail that is only 1.9miles roundtrip and dog-friendly. However, with a quick increase in elevation, this trail isn't for the faint of heart but does reward with stunning views of the North Georgia Appalachian Foothills. 

  • Explore Downtown Blue Ridge - Looking for a spot to grab food and shop after exploring the outdoors? Look no further than downtown Blue Ridge, the perfect destination for you. With abundant dining and shopping options, you can easily fill the rest of your day or indulge in a full day of leisure.

  • Pick Apples at Mercier Orchards - A quaint 4th generation veteran owned farm founded in 1943. Make sure to visit and pick up some fruit, cider and freshly baked goods! The perfect spot to pick apples.  

  • Grab a glass of wine at Bear Claw Vineyards - A dog and kid-friendly winery with views. Stop by on the weekends for live music and a glass of vino for a relaxing weekend day trip!


Top Things to do in Dahlonega, GA

  • Stop by Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery - Known for their hillside vineyards, award-winning wines and hospitable environment, Wolf Mountain Vineyards is the ideal spot for a day trip in the North Georgia mountains. 

  • Grab a Glass at Montaluce Winery & Restaurant - If you're looking for world-class food, stunning views and really solid wine, Montaluce is the perfect spot for you. Stop by and take in the scenery and Tuscan-inspired environment. 

  • Check out the animals at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo - Looking for a fun day out with the family? Look no further! The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo offers a one-of-a-kind experience that's just perfect for families with kids. Get ready to meet some truly special animals, many of whom have been rescued or orphaned. It's a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn about wildlife conservation while having a blast. So why not plan your next adventure at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo? It's guaranteed to be a wild time for everyone! 

  • Cut Fresh Lavendar at the Red Oak Lavendar Farm - Ever dreamed of wandering through endless fields of fragrant lavender? Well, now's your chance! Check out one of the biggest lavender farms in the Southeast, boasting over five acres of blooming lavender and colorful flower gardens. And that's not all – when you swing by, you can dive into one of their awesome workshop classes, pluck some fresh lavender right from the fields, or snag some of their amazing homemade lavender goodies. 


Top Things to do in Elijay, GA

  • Visit B.J. Apple Reece Orchards - Stop by from September - October for Apple Picking or visit their baker anytime of year to grab one of their famous Apple Cider Donuts or World Famous Apple Pies! 


  • Stop by Roo Mountain Winery - Located just four miles from downtown Elijay, Roo Mountain Vineyards offers pristine views of the Blue Ridge foothills, a curated selection of fine wines and hard ciders and nothing but good vibes all the way around. 

  • Grab a bit to eat at The Roof: A Southern Kitchen and Bar, drawing inspiration from Appalachian culture, nestled in the heart of Downtown Ellijay, boasting scenic mountain vistas.

Whether you crave outdoor adventure, cultural immersion, or simply a serene retreat into nature's embrace, North Georgia offers endless treasures awaiting discovery. Escape on a journey infused with mountains, stellar wine and stunning views of the south as you immerse yourself in the splendor of this remarkable region. With endless activities and captivating spots to explore, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer an unforgettable escape for all adventurers. 

Make sure to stop and grab some Good Mood Juice on your way North! We'd love to see you and fuel your adventures. ✨☕️

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