The town of Blue Ridge was once considered an elite health resort because of its pure mineral waters. Tourists would ride the train to town, eat dinner at the Blue Ridge Hotel, and take a leisurely walk to the mineral springs after dinner. Today, tourists can still ride the train and take a leisurely walk along Main Street, enjoying the antique and specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and small town atmosphere of Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge was founded in 1886 as a result of the arrival of the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad. Because of the railroad, Blue Ridge developed as a center of business and in 1895 the county seat was moved from Morganton to Blue Ridge. In the early years, at different times, there were five hotels and several boarding houses in downtown Blue Ridge.
The Fannin County School System is a Georgia Charter School system which has achieved district level accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI)
The Fannin County School System (FCSS) consists of five schools:
- Blue Ridge Elementary (K-5)
- East Fannin Elementary (K-5)
- West Fannin Elementary (K-5)
- Fannin County Middle School (6-8)
- Fannin County High School (9-12).
The district serves approximately 2,978 students in grades K-12, served by 258 certified teachers. Fannin County High School has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times during the past five years as a top-ranked high school. Contact the Fannin County Board of Education at 706-632-3771. For more information see: www.fannin.k12.ga.us
Mountain Area Christian Academy (MACA)
Mountain Area Christian Academy is a fully accredited private Christian school serving Fannin, Union, Towns, and Gilmer County, Georgia as well as Polk County, Tennessee and Cherokee County, North Carolina since August 2000. Parents have found MACA offers an educational environment that is comprehensive and facilitated by experienced administrators and faculty who have a desire to educate the whole child. MACA is proud to offer courses in preschool (K2, K3, and K4), elementary (K-6), and high school (7-12) education. Visit the school at 14090 Old Hwy.76 or call for more information at (706)374-MACA (6222). Also find more information on the website at www.macalions.org.
Learning Tree Academy
Learning Tree Academy is an early childhood learning center located in Blue Ridge that is committed to providing all children with interactive and engaging experiences that support early learning growth and development. At Learning Tree Academy, educators offer opportunities for students to develop productive independence in both academic and life skill spheres. Learning Tree Academy is a licensed childcare provider in the state of Georgia. In order to obtain this certification, centers must ensure a diversity of learning experiences and opportunities for students to meet their developmental, academic, health, and safety needs. This center serves a smaller number of children than many larger schools and daycare settings, creating opportunities for teachers and staff to focus more attention on the individual needs of their students and families.
- Super-highway GA 515 / I-575 to I-75
- U.S. 76
- GA 2, 5, 60
- 60 spur
- Georgia Northeastern
- Atlanta Hartsfield International
- Airport (95 miles)
- Chattanooga, TN (100 miles)
- Blairsville Municipal Airport (20
- Local Motor Freight Carriers
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.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Ride the train along the Toccoa River with a stop at McCaysville GA where you can stand in 2 states at one time. 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.
Fly Fishing, tubing, kayaking.
Blue Ridge Lake Marina
Rent a pontoon boat or paddle board. There’s plenty of boating to be done on the Lake Blue Ridge, a 3290-acre lake, providing great ramps for access and Marinas as well.
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.
Hike to the Swinging Bridge or Area Waterfalls or Appalachian Trail self guided tour
Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge is designed on a 165 acre tract of land in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, in the back yard of Blue Ridge. Located only 6 miles from downtown Blue Ridge, the property is some of the most beautiful you'll ever see. The course has over 6000 feet of cable. Experience the mountains from the treetops, zip into the valley, soar over pastures, cross over Fighting Town Creek and much more.
Blue Ridge has a growing menu of dining options. A closer look reveals a common ingredient shared by local business owners: a passion for the outdoorsy, earthy, upscale, fresh, historical town – a mixing bowl of opposing flavors that meld just right to create the place these establishments are proud to call home. There are many “Farm to Table” restaurants along with pizzarias, breweries, coffee shops, sweet shops and southern cuisine.
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