Our Favorite Places in North Georgia

Our Favorite Places in North Georgia

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Y'all, if you're hankering for a taste of the South wrapped up in mountain vistas and rich heritage, then North Georgia is calling your name. Just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle, this region paints a picture of gentle hills, whispering pines, and that warm Southern hospitality we’re all fond of. Grab your sweet tea, and let’s mosey on through some of North Georgia's finest spots.

This is the first in a series about places to go and see in the South.  We DO NOT hang out in the cities - we're not city folk and prefer the quieter, more peaceful lifestyle without all the craziness that comes with cities, so if you're looking for information on Atlanta... sorry - you are in the wrong place.  As true Georgians, we don't even consider Atlanta to be part of Georgia - it's just geographically displaced. 

You'll find us chasing waterfalls, walking in nature or just hanging out in smaller populated areas so if that's your vibe, keep in touch and follow along.  

Amicalola Falls State Park

Nestled in the heart of North Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, Amicalola Falls State Park is a natural wonder that captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty. Home to Georgia’s tallest waterfall, the park boasts a staggering 729-foot cascade that offers a mesmerizing display of nature's power. As one of the most popular state parks in Georgia, Amicalola provides a diverse range of activities from challenging hikes, like the approach to the famous Appalachian Trail, to more leisurely pursuits like picnicking amidst vibrant foliage. With rich biodiversity, scenic overlooks, and well-maintained facilities, Amicalola Falls State Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone looking for a tranquil spot to reflect, this park promises an unforgettable experience.

Blue Ridge

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Tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, Blue Ridge stands as a testament to Southern charm fused with natural splendor. Often dubbed the "Gateway to the Mountains," this quaint town offers an inviting blend of rustic heritage and modern allure. With the scenic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway chugging alongside the serene Toccoa River, visitors are treated to picturesque landscapes that seem lifted straight from a postcard. Beyond its natural beauty, Blue Ridge boasts a thriving arts scene, with local galleries and craft stores reflecting the area's rich culture. Gourmet dining, boutique shopping, and cozy cabins complete the experience, making Blue Ridge not just a destination but a retreat. Whether you're fishing in its clear lakes, picking apples in local orchards, or simply strolling through its vibrant downtown, Blue Ridge, GA invites you to embrace the relaxed rhythm of mountain life.


Ellijay Georgia

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Ellijay, fondly known as Georgia's apple capital, is a delightful blend of Southern charm and rustic allure. Nestled in the heart of North Georgia's mountain region, this charming town is synonymous with apple orchards that come alive every fall, painting the landscape with hues of reds and golds. The annual Apple Festival is a testament to the town's rich agricultural heritage, drawing visitors from all corners to indulge in apple pies, ciders, and everything in-between. But beyond apples, Ellijay's vibrant downtown offers antique shops, local eateries, and historic landmarks, providing a glimpse into its storied past. For the outdoor enthusiast, the surrounding forests and rivers present endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Whether you're in town for its famed festivities, or simply to escape the hustle and bustle, Ellijay, GA offers a warm embrace with its small-town vibes and scenic beauty.

Vogel State Park

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Cradled at the foot of Blood Mountain in the heart of North Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park is one of the Peach State's oldest and most beloved state parks. Covering over 230 acres, this enchanting park is a tapestry of dense forests, sparkling lakes, and picturesque trails. Its crown jewel, Lake Trahlyta, offers visitors a serene setting for paddle boating, fishing, and simply soaking in the tranquil vistas. The park's network of trails, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes, caters to both casual strollers and avid trekkers. Especially during the fall, Vogel transforms into a riot of colors, with the foliage presenting an awe-inspiring display of nature's palette. For those who wish to linger, the park's cabins and campsites offer a rustic retreat amidst nature's bounty. Whether you're around a campfire, by the lakeside, or atop a mountain viewpoint, Vogel State Park provides a rejuvenating escape into Georgia's splendid outdoors.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge Georgia

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Let's chat about Tallulah Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of the East" that's tucked right in Georgia's backyard. This place is a jaw-dropper, with its two-mile-long gorge going deep – we're talking almost 1,000 feet! You can hear the Tallulah River showing off below, tumbling over waterfalls and echoing through the canyon. If you're feeling adventurous, strap on those hiking boots and conquer the trails. Oh, and don't miss the suspension bridge – it's the spot for those epic selfies. Not into the whole hiking thing? No worries. The overlooks are prime spots for some killer views without the sweat. Whether you're paddling, climbing, or just chilling with nature, Tallulah Gorge is all about kicking back and soaking up Georgia's wild side. Grab your pals and come see what the fuss is all about!

To wrap it up, North Georgia ain't just a destination; it’s a feeling. A blend of Southern comfort and mountain majesty. So, lace up your walking shoes, tip your hat, and let North Georgia show you its Southern dance. Safe travels!

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