Georgia Mountain Vacation -Nothing but Fun

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Blue Ridge Georgia Cabin

Georgia mountain vacations are fantastic, as the mountains are beautiful and there is so many things to enjoy. My husband and I love to spend some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains when ever we can. We don’t exactly rough it. There are numerous Georgia Vacation Rentals, as well as, Georgia vacation packages. We have found a wonderful log cabin to rent in Blue Ridge that has a fully ready kitchen, fireplace, outdoor grill, indoor Jacuzzi, porch with swing, beautiful scenery and the living room has a TV with DVD player so you can stay in if it is raining and watch movies. We have spent time in Blue Ridge in every season and have always had a wonderful time. There are also vacation condos available.

Northern Georgia Map

Nearby Towns

When we stay in the cabin we do a lot of hiking in the mountainous area that is right by the cabin. One of the great perks of staying in this lovely cabin is the location to many very interesting small towns and the “take you breath away scenery”. There are gorgeous water falls nearby if you don’t mind a little hiking.

Love the Porch Swing

Ellijay, GA

We usually try to drive to Ellijay, GA on the way to Blue Ridge. Ellijay is the apple capital of GA and a growth area for wineries. This is a very popular tourist spot in the fall of the year because they have every kind of apple you can think of, and they have apple festivals the first two weekends of October. Our favorite store in Ellijay just happens to serve apple fried pies with hand churned vanilla ice cream. It is a “Died and went to Heaven experience”.

Georgia - Amicalola Falls State Park in Fall

Large Number of Attractions in Nothern Georgia

There are several attractions near Ellijay as well. Amicalola Falls State Park, located in Dawsonville, GA, is absolutely beautiful. I have hiked up to see those falls in my younger days but probably wouldn’t do it now since arthritis has decided to come and stay. The scenery, however, is splendid and well worth the hike.

Amicalola is a Cherokee Indian word meaning tumbling water and when you see the falls you will understand the appropriateness of this name. There is also Carters Lake, Fort Mountain State Park and the Chattahoochee Forest in the Appalachian Mountain Ridge which is over 750,000 acres.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Roughing with the Hot Tub

Settled in GA cabin

By the time we move on from Ellijay we are ready to get to the cabin and unload our clothes and groceries. We buy a lot of wonderful food to last because there are not many great grocery stores nearby. You are definitely in the country. You might as well have a good meal. I mean you are on vacation. We get settled in and love to sit in the swing on the porch and listen to the birds, see rabbits and sometimes we see a doe or two

View from the Back of the Cabin

We plan ahead where we want to go on any given day and if you like outdoor activities there are plenty. There is white water rafting, kayaking, tubing, boating and fishing, tennis, horseback riding and there is a scenic train ride from Ellijay to Blue Ridge. The white water rafting on the Ocoee River is the place where I was swept out of the raft and bounced from rock to rock until I was finally rescued. I wrote another hub about that experience several months ago. If you do want to eat out there is The Pink Pig Barbecue Restaurant in Cherry Long run by a couple that offers delicious food

Ocoo River

Helen, GA

Helen, GA, is another interesting town to spend the day. It has an alpine design to its building which gives the town a quaint look, and there are numerous shops for anything you can think of if you like picking up some souvenirs.

There are also numerous attractions, like Charlemagne’s Kingdom which gives you a unique trip through Germany in an Alpine Model railroad layout, in HO scale miniature Charlemagne's Kingdom is designed for people for all ages. All of the buildings are actual replicas of buildings existing in Germany and there are over 5000 hand painted figures, over 400’ of railroad track with computerized trains and hot air balloons. Needless to say this is a delight for adults and children. You can also see the scenery in a hot air balloon ride over northern GA. Helen hotels and restaurants are also plentiful.

Helen Georgia

Anna Ruby Falls, Helen, Georgia

Cool Tubing

Photo Courtesy of Cool Tubing Company
Photo Courtesy of Cool Tubing Company

Anna Ruby Creek Falls

Anna Ruby Falls lies in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The quietness of the area is broken by the thundering water that flows over the cliff where the Curtis and York Creeks merge together. This water fall is not as difficult to get to but it is also beautiful. The water from Curtis Creek drops 153’ and the water from York creek falls 50 ‘ to form the twin water falls and eventually ends up in the Chattahoochee River. You can rent a tube from the Cool River Tubing and float for 2 and 1/2 hours down the river on your back in the right season.

Anna Ruby Falls, GA

Dahlonega, Georgia

And the last small town I will describe is Dahlonega, GA. Its fame is based on the old saying of: “thar's gold in them thar hills and we invite you to see for yourself!” Gold was discovered in 1828, in north GA on Cherokee land. Within months there were hundreds of men searching and thousands of miners descended on Georgia within a year. The US Government established a gold coin mint in Dahlonega by 1837. Georgia coins from that time period are still in high demand by collectors. Most of the miners left for California’s gold within 10-12 years. There are places set up where you can pan for gold and also go visit a gold mine and you will probably find a little bit of gold but the amount is more like souvenir these days.

Bluegrass jam session 6 - Dahlonega, GA Courthouse Square

Grand Week to Enjoy Georgia

As you can see the mountains in Georgia are beautiful, and there are numerous things to do to suit anyone's taste.  Its a great place for a family vacation or just a couple. They have flea markets and sell all types of unusual things.  The campsites are beautiful if that is what you like. The people are friendly but you can sure find solitude if that is your desire.  I would recommend spending some time checking out these little towns as they are interesting and unique.  I only covered a few of them so it is up to you to start planning your vacation.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Pamela,

I just love the cabin and the scenery. I could honestly pack right now and head on out.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

A great vacation, I love being in the forest amoung trees and all forms of nature. I am much due for a trip, but I can't drive to far. Awesome hub my pamela, I rate you up


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Now that's a vacation! I love seeing photos of the towns, too. And the porch swing...wish I was there with a book right now.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POp, I know what you mean. Thanks for the comment.

Darlent, Thank you so much for your comment.

Sheila, Yes, with a book sounds good. Thanks for the comment.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Pam, looks like a big time, the Blue Grass festivals are something I'd love to see. Thanks for a super review, 50


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

50 Caliber, I think we all would enjoy it. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comment.


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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

We have friends with a mountain home in Big Canoe, GA. just north of Atlanta. It's like heaven on earth. The residents have their own well-stocked trout creek and pond.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Sounds like fun! I am jealous.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

DiamondRN, Your friends mountain home sounds perfect with a trout stocked creek to boot. Thanks for your comment.

Eovery, I hope you get to visit the mountains. Thanks for your comments.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Pamela,

My son used to live in Blue Ridge Georgia. Great hub and nice pictures.. What a great place to visit


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Looks like a lotta fun!!! I like Helen, although I haven't been there for several years. great pics, too!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

coffeesnob, That must have been nice when your son was there,then you could visit anytime. Thanks for your comments.

Carolina, I appreciate your comments.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

What a stunning part of the US this is and there is certainly something for everyone. I'm not surprised that you keep returning. I just love the word "Amicalola"! Amber:)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Amber, Thank you for your comments.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

This sounds fantastic. What a lovely place to visit. The Georgia Mountain Vacation sounds so relaxing. Thanks for the review. :)


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

What a neat vacation! We stay in Savannah but have never stayed up in the mountains. Thaks for a great travel idea.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, It is a lovely place to relax. Thanks for your comment.

G L Strout I think you will enjoy the mountains. Thanks for your comment.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Pamela, I just knew there was something about you that I liked---You and Hubby are a good match for my Wife and I who are also Mountian Lovers. We have a second home in the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Just peacefull and beautiful. Do not spend as much time as we like, but when we do it's worth it. God Bless!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cybersupe, Now that is one place I have not had the pleasure of visiting. I have been through quite a lot of PA several times but not in the Pocono Mountains and I'll bet they are beautiful. Thanks for your comments.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Never been to Georgia. But this looks like a fun place.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sandy, It is a nice place to visit and Atlanta has numerous fun things to do also. They have a fabulous aquarium. Thank you for your comment.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely stunning. Both of those videos with the waterfalls were gorgeous. The towns sound interesting and you have certainly found a great cabin to be your temporary home away from home. Thanks for sharing this! Rating this beautiful!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Looks like you "died and went to Northern Georgia!" It looks like a great place to live and visit...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I an glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for your comments.

Dallas, I like your sense of humor and northern GA is great. Thanks for your comment.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for showing this beautiful countryside. So well written, I felt I was alongside of you. God, it is gorgeous.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub and I appreciate your comments.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love the North GA mountains! Beautiful hub!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, I figured you did love the GA mountains. Thanks fo the comment.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Wow - that looks like a lot of fun - and I knew Holle would be on it like flies on honey! You guys need to send me a virtual tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains - or I need to travel there! I think actually though through your hub I DID get a virtual tour. Looks like a wonderful spot to visit!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

This is a wonderful place to visit. Thanks so much for your comments.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I loved this hub because your talking about my hometown. I live in Mineral Bluff, which is only about ten minutes north of Blue Ridge. You described it very well.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I didn't know you lived in this area. I love it there and hope to get back for a visit reasonably soon. Thanks for your comments.

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