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.

Fun Is Blooming in the Mountains

Whitewater rafting on the Olympic rated Ocoee River with RaftOne of Ducktown, TN

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. Whatever your choice, 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 Season

Do-it-yourself nature lovers will find plenty of adventures to whet their appetites. Start by visiting the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce 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.

Unfortunately, many festivals have been cancelled or postponed this year — from the Memorial Day Arts in the Park Festival to the Fourth of July Parade and the annual Blues & BBQ Festival. Most Independence Day fireworks displays are still scheduled, however, as is the 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair. Plus there are several area farmers markets still welcoming visitors: the Union County Farmers Market, the North Georgia Farmers Market and the Downtown Blue Ridge Market.

For more updates on events, visit the Chamber’s events page for listings. And download coupons here for special offers on attractions.


You’ll note that the current issue of DIRECTIONS is our Spring 2020 issue. We did not produce a Summer issue due to the virus, but the Spring issue still includes relevant information on things to do and links to many local businesses. You’ll also find that most will honor the coupon offers even if the date has expired. The Fall issue is scheduled to print in late August. Our local businesses appreciate your understanding.

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.