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Attractions in Blue Ridge, McCaysville & the Copper Basin

Attractions in Blue Ridge, McCaysville & the Copper Basin
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a popular autumn attraction

While many people make the journey to Fannin County for our natural attractions, or just to kick back and relax, there are many things to do here to make your visit more fun. The Georgia Historic High Country Travel Association calls the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway one of the “must see” attractions in the north Georgia mountains. The railroad connects the towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville, and offers a journey along the Toccoa River with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Cohutta Mountains.

The charming cities of Blue Ridge and McCaysville each have a distinct character and history. You’ll enjoy browsing through antique, craft and specialty shops in both of the quaint downtowns. Cross the Blue Line in McCaysville and you’re in Tennessee. Watch for the “chicken crossing” sign near Blue Ridge City Park in Blue Ridge or even a Mama Chicken and her chicks. While you’re in downtown Blue Ridge, don’t miss the opportunity to take a horse driven carriage ride.

Southern Living Magazine has called Mercier Orchards its “favorite roadside market.” You are guaranteed to find the best assortment of north Georgia apples and the best fried apple pie anywhere. For another farm experience, visit Sugar Creek Farm and Inn and see the Suri Alpacas. You can also see the Alpaca wool spun into yarn at Georgia Mountain Fiber at Hampton Square. Blairsville’s Southern Tree Plantation has lots more than Christmas trees. Visit during October for Fun on the Farm, with pumpkins, hayrides, a petting farm, marshmallow roasting, kid’s train and pony rides and much more. Facilities at the tree plantation are also available for special parties, events and weddings all year long.

To learn more about the mining history of the Copper Basin, visit the Burra Burra Mine and Museum in Ducktown, Tenn. Last, but not least, visit the Ocoee Whitewater Center, site of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak/Slalom events. The information center displays legacy items from the games. There are hiking trails, picnic areas, a native garden, gift shop and “The Blue Hole,” the area’s most famous swimming hole.