Two Towns, One Stop

The twin towns of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN hold treasures for visitors who “cross the line”

Two states’ worth of food, fun and shopping await you in one adventure-packed corner.

The locals call this area the Copper Basin due to the long history of copper mining in the area. Here, two bridges (one steel, the other concrete) separate two states, and one river has two names (the Toccoa on the Georgia side, the Ocoee on the Tennessee side).

Ride the Rails (or Hop in the Car)

If you’re riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, these twin towns are the “end of the line” — the place where passengers disembark for a bite to eat and an amble through quaint shops filled with antiques, clothing, gifts and arts & crafts.

Of course, you don’t have to ride the train to visit. It’s a quick drive from Blue Ridge (just 10 miles on GA Hwy. 5) or Morganton (11 miles on GA Hwy. 60).

Pick a Side, Any Side

You’ll find treasures on both sides of the state line — from quaint boutiques and interesting shops to great eats and cold drinks.

Cross the river on the historic steel bridge to find cold brews, Asian cuisine and plenty of shopping — including unique antiques and one-of-a-kind rustic décor.

Venture across the concrete bridge to discover boutiques, and tea and coffee shops serving light fare. You’ll also find antiques, top-of-the-line consignments, jams and jellies, crystals and salt lamps, books, collectibles and African décor.

Throughout the McCaysville/Copperhill area, in fact, you’ll find plenty of great eats, including barbecue, Tex-Mex, Mexican, steaks, burgers, pizza and sweets galore.

You’ll also find a variety of unique shops featuring knives, flags, collectibles, handmade Native American jewelry, poured candles, holiday décor, outdoor gear and more.

More Reasons to Visit

While you’re visiting the Copper Basin area, check out the region’s popular local attractions:

→ The Blue Line — Take a family “selfie” as you straddle the blue line and stand in two states at the same time!

→ The Steel Bridge — The scenic old bridge crossing the Ocoee River was originally built in 1911, ending the need for a ferry.

→ McCaysville Park on the Toccoa River — A hidden treasure, this riverside park has a playground, picnic tables and a boat ramp. A great spot to cool off.

→ Horseshoe Bend Park — Located on the Toccoa River, this is a favorite park for picnics, fishing and relaxing. There are several covered picnic shelters, a playground and restrooms. From May through September, the park hosts “Pickin’ in the Park,” a gathering of musicians on Thursday evenings.

→ Ducktown Basin Museum — Take a fascinating journey through a 150 years of copper mining and everyday life in the Copper Basin.

For more details about the area, stop in the new Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 53 E. Market Street in McCaysville.