Are You Ready for Fall in the Mountains?

Blue Ridge is officially a four-season destination. Whether you’re visiting in spring, summer, fall or winter, you’ll find something to do — even if it’s just relaxing on the deck of your rental cabin with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

But fall is an especially beautiful time. The mountains are ablaze with color. The air is full of the sweet smells of the harvest: fresh apple cider and hot fried pies at the local apple house … a bucket of sizzling kettle corn at a fall festival … freshly mown hay in the fields. The towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville are bustling with activity as visitors sample our unique shops, intimate boutiques and distinctive restaurants. It’s a scene so quaint and picturesque that you may think you’re in Mayberry!

Food, Fun A More!

At this time of year, the mountains are busy with fairs and festivals most every weekend. For example, the Home Builders Showcase on the first Saturday of October offers a place for local builders and craftsmen to show off their talents, while Arts in the Park features more than 100 arts, crafts and food booths. The Blairsville Sorghum Festival introduces folks to a truly Southern delicacy. The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival draws folks with exciting musical performances, arts & crafts vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. And Paws in the Park helps pets and their people raise much-needed funds for the local Humane Society with a 5K race, pet parade, costume contest and more.

You’ll also enjoy live music, local theater and, of course, apple picking!

For more events and things to do, click here to download a Calendar of Events. Or visit the local Chamber’s events page for even more listings.


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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