Jump into Summer in the Mountains

Summer in North Georgia is all about sunshine and water — whether it’s the spray of whitewater on the Ocoee River, the cool splash of tubing or kayaking on the Toccoa River or a scenic boat ride on Lake Blue Ridge.

In this issue, you’ll find some of the area’s premier marinas, rafting & kayaking outfitters, and tubing companies ready to set you up with everything you need for a fun day on the river or lake.


Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Do-it-yourself nature lovers will find plenty of summertime adventures to whet their appetites. Start by visiting the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce website for free downloadable PDF maps that guide you to river, hiking trail and waterfall access points around the area. You can also stop by the Caboose Visitor Center (downtown by the train depot), the McCaysville Visitor Center (near the bridge) or the main Welcome Center behind CVS for other free maps and guides.

Summer is also a season for celebrations and festivals — from the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Blue Ridge and Independence Day fireworks displays around the area, to the Butternut Creek Festival, the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Mercier Orchards’ Hard Cider & Craft Beer Festival and the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. And don’t miss all the plays and concerts at the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Plus there’s fresh produce and arts & crafts at the Union County Farmers Market and Downtown Blue Ridge Market.

Download the coupons here for special offers on attractions.

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 ninth 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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