It’s Spring! 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 can 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.

Take a Bite of Spring

The first-ever Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes kicks off the season on April 6-7. Later in April, make plans to attend one of our newer festivals, Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures, on April 27.

On May 4, you can sample specialties from a wide variety of local restaurants at Taste of Blue Ridge, which raises funds for the local Humane Society. Then plan to spend Memorial Day weekend strolling through more than 200 arts, crafts and food booths in the downtown city park at the annual Arts in the Park festival.

At Blue Ridge Community Theater, you can catch the comedy, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, April 11-28, or enjoy a concert by Live at the Fillmore (April 5) or Geoff Achison (May 3). The months of April and May are prime time to see the blooming rhododendrons at Hamilton Gardens in nearby Hiawassee. And don’t forget to check in at Mercier Orchards for Apple Blossom Tractor Tours, Strawberry U-Pick and other fun 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.


As we celebrate our seventh 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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