Springtime Fun Is Blooming in the Mountains

ziplining at Ocoee Canopy Tours in Ducktown, TN

TThe first blush of spring is here — and there’s no 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. The air is clear and the sun is bright — it’s the perfect time to shake off your winter slumber and come out to play!

Spring into the Season

Out of an abundance of caution, many of our traditional spring festivals and gatherings are on hold this year, but you’ll still find plenty to do. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway kicks off the train-riding season in early March. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association welcomes visitors to several exhibits, as well as the virtual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference.

At the Blue Ridge Community Theater, you’ll find socially distanced seating for shows like ’Til Beth Do Us Part, April 22-May 16. Catch Josh Turner in concert at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee on May 1, or go to the Hiawassee Pro Rodeo May 28-29. And plans are tentatively still in place for the 45th Annual Spring Arts in the Park festival — with plenty of arts, crafts and food booths — in Downtown Blue Ridge on Memorial Day weekend.

Because things may change quickly, we suggest you verify dates and times before making plans. The Calendar of Events includes contact information for all events. For more updates on events, visit the Fannin County Chamber’s events page for listings.

Be sure to download coupons here for special offers on attractions.


The Spring issue of DIRECTIONS is now available! 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 download a PDF copy by clicking HERE or view it online by clicking on the cover image.

The coronavirus has put a damper on many activities here in North Georgia. We urge you to call ahead before making plans to check hours and days of operation.