Fun Is Blooming in the Mountains

The first blush of spring is here — and there’s not a better time to enjoy the North Georgia mountains. Hikers and bikers can make their way amid dazzling blossoms of redbud, dogwood and mountain laurel. The weather is shorts-and-pullover perfect, with bright sunny days and just enough nip at night to make a cabin fireplace feel magical. Spring also welcomes in a new season of festivals and celebrations as we shake off our winter slumber and come out to play.

Take a Bite of Spring!

On April 21, you can sample specialties from a wide variety of local restaurants at Taste of Blue Ridge, which raises funds for the local Humane Society. One of our newest festivals, Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures, is held on April 28. Plan to spend Memorial Day weekend strolling through more than 200 arts, crafts and food booths in the downtown city park at the annual Arts in the Park festival. And June 16 is the annual Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival.

At Blue Ridge Community Theater, you can catch the comedy, The Boys Next Door, April 12-29, or enjoy a concert by Kurt Thomas (March 31) or Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers (April 7). Of course, there’s no better way to experience the spring splendor than aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. There’s even a special Easter Eggspress ride on March 31.

For more events and things to do, click here to download a Calendar of Events.


As we celebrate our seventh year of publishing DIRECTIONS, we hope you will find everything you need to enjoy your visit to Blue Ridge and the beautiful North Georgia Mountains!

DIRECTIONS magazine provides helpful travel information about the beautiful areas of Blue Ridge, McCaysville & Fannin County, GA; Ellijay & Gilmer County, GA; Blairsville & Union County, GA; and the Copper Basin area of Polk County, TN. Please look for printed copies at area hotels, cabins, B&Bs;, visitor centers, shops and restaurants. You can also download a PDF copy by clicking HERE or view it online by clicking on the cover image.

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