Summer in the mountains

Whitewater rafting fun on the Ocoee River with RaftOne

The North Georgia Mountains are officially a four-season destination. Whether you’re visiting in spring, summer, fall or winter, you’ll find something to do — even if it’s just relaxing on the deck of your rental cabin with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.    

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 rafting, kayaking and tubing companies ready to set you up with everything you need for a fun day on the water. 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 Visitor Center (downtown), the McCaysville Visitor Center (near the bridge) or the main Welcome Center behind CVS for other free maps and guides. With restaurants, shops and venues re-opening, summer will also welcome back celebrations and festivals — from the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Blue Ridge and Independence Day fireworks displays around the area, to the annual Walk the Line 5K. Be sure to check out the Butternut Creek Festival in Blairsville, the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee and the Blues & BBQ Festival. And don’t miss all the plays and concerts at the Blue Ridge Community Theater, plus live music at TOONEYS in McCaysville.

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 Summer 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.