Fall in the North Georgia Mountains offers the perfect quick getaway for metro Atlanta families. Tucked away in the natural settings of the mountains with the beautiful fall colors as a backdrop, you can put away the technology and enjoy a relaxing retreat. If you’re trying to decide how to celebrate the fall season, here is an itinerary complete with different options that the entire family will enjoy!
There are many places to stay for a weekend retreat in the mountains. For those seeking a rustic, hidden gem, look no further than The Waterfall Lodge. The four-bedroom and three-and-a-half bath cabin can sleep up to 10 people comfortably. While there, enjoy panoramic views of the majestic mountains with floor-to-ceiling windows and amenities such as a home theatre, large hot tub and game room. For those seeking a downtown environment close to shopping and restaurants, the Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast is one of the oldest residences in Blue Ridge. This 1890s, three-story Victorian inn features eight rooms, 12-foot ceilings, original hand-carved woodwork and the original floors. Only minutes to shops, dining and to the Ocoee River for rafting or kayaking, this inn also offers home-cooked meals daily.
Apple cider and apple pies are just a few of the fall favorites that you can make with hand-picked apples from Mercier Orchards. Till the end of October, guests are invited to walk through the orchards and pick different kinds of apples, including Red and Gold Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Topaz, for just $10 a peck or $18 for a half bushel. Tractor tours are also provided for just $2 per person. Inside, enjoy lunch at the café or try something sweet at the bakery. The store also offers a unique shopping experience with different options such as jellies, sauces, muffin mixes and more. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, families can guarantee hours of enjoyment being outdoors at this farm.
With spectacular scenery and hiking trails, Amicalola Falls is considered one of Georgia’s most popular state parks, and it is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast at 729 feet. Visitors can choose how they want to view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to more challenging trails. For experienced climbers, an eight-and-a-half-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Those who tackle this trail can join the Canyon Climbers Club. In addition, there is a mountain-top lodge, cottages and campgrounds for those seeking a true mountaintop experience.
Take your family on a pumpkin-picking expedition at Burt’s Farm. Nestled just miles from Amicalola Falls, guests can walk through a sea of orange in search of the perfect pumpkin. After visiting the pumpkin patch, guests can relax on a two-mile hayride that has become a Burt’s tradition. Along the way, riders will see the pumpkin patch, views of the mountains and Amicalola Falls, and fields of sunflowers. The country store offers a great selection of freshly baked pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, candied popcorn and a delicious assortment of other baked goodies.
There are many activities for adrenaline junkies to enjoy during the fall. From zipline courses to horseback riding and white water rafting to camping, the North Georgia Mountains have it all! Zipline Canopy Tours takes you on a magical experience, as the course has more than six thousand feet of cable, allowing you to soar over the treetops. Just a short distance away, visitors can enjoy white water rafting on the Ocoee River. There are different courses based on the class rapids you wish to encounter, and the excursions are always guided. For a more relaxing day, Adventure Trail Rides offers horseback riding trails. With different packages to choose from, guests can experience beautiful views of the mountains as they are guided through different trails. All the horses have been trained and have sweet temperaments, perfect for even the beginner rider.
After enjoying all of the scenery that the North Georgia Mountains have to offer, every adventurer will be ready to experience great food. There are many options available, from fine dining to family restaurants. The Black Sheep Bar and Patio is a historical restaurant with great food. Circa 1914, this home’s owner was a beloved member of the community and good friends with Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, who visited the home on several occasions. Now restored to its former glory, visitors can enjoy “new southern comfort food” with dishes such as Asian Tuna Nachos, BBQ Pulled Pork, and traditional seafood and chicken dishes. For a more laid-back environment, Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Located in the historic downtown of Blue Ridge, visitors can enjoy live music and great food with a variety of seafood, meat, pasta and pizza dishes.
With a majestic backdrop awaiting, now is the time to plan your family trip to the North Georgia Mountains! Metro Atlanta residents have these stunning mountains right in their own backyard, making it the perfect option for a day trip or a weekend getaway. How do you plan to enjoy the fall season with your family in the North Georgia Mountains? Let us know in the comments below!