The coronavirus has put a damper on most of the spring activities here in the North Georgia Mountains. Festivals and events have been cancelled or rescheduled, restaurants have switched to limited capacity or take-out dining, and many shops have closed temporarily. If you’re here visiting, we urge you to please call ahead before visiting any of our local vendors.

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 make their way amid dazzling blossoms of redbud, dogwood and mountain laurel. The weather is shorts-and-sweatshirt 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.

Spring into the Season

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway kicks off the train-riding season on March 6. Taste of Blue Ridge, which raises funds for the local Humane Society, showcases local restaurants on April 18. Also in April, make plans to attend the Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Show (April 18-26) and the 5th Annual Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival (April 25). Then return on Memorial Day weekend to stroll through more than 200 arts, crafts and food booths in the downtown city park at the annual Arts in the Park festival.

At the Blue Ridge Community Theater, you can catch the comedy, Trouble at the Tropicabana, on April 9-26, and enjoy a concert by Live at the Fillmore on May 1. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in nearby Hiawassee hosts several events beginning in May. And don’t forget to check in at Mercier Orchards for Apple Blossom Tractor Tours, Strawberry U-Pick and other events.

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.

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As we celebrate our 10th year of publishing DIRECTIONS, we hope you will find everything you need to enjoy your visit to Blue Ridge, the Copper Basin and the entire North Georgia mountain area!

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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