#1 – Rock Out
When is a bucket of dirt more than … well, a bucket of dirt? When it’s loaded with gems! Tap your inner prospector and join the hunt for gemstones — including moonstone, orange calcite, amethyst, ruby, sapphire, emerald and kid-favorite dalmatian jasper.
#2 – Take a Spin
Experience Blue Ridge by bike with a local tour from Blue Ridge Electric Bikes. Their easy-to-ride electric- assisted bikes are perfect for tackling in-town hills or off-road trails. You can rent by the hour, day or week, too. Or, keep it simple and head over to the Fannin County Park or the old Lake Blue Ridge Campground on Dry Branch Road. There, you can choose a comfy cruiser from the automated bike rack using the Movatic app.
#3 – Paddle Thru Fall
Now’s your last chance for whitewater adventure: rafting ends Nov. 1 on both the Ocoee and Chattooga Rivers. Fall is prime time for rafting, with water temperatures in the 70s and the weather still a mild 65-70 degrees. At the same time, the rivers are much less crowded, and you’ll get to see the leaves in all their autumn splendor.
#4 – Shoot ’em Up
Tank Town has added some firepower to the menu with an M-1919 machine gun. Sign up for 100 rounds of fully automatic fun. Then, thunder around the track in a fully functional tank. There are plenty of bumps, dips and humps (and if it’s rained recently … mud!). Add a car crush to your adventure and flatten a car with 17 tons of military steel. Hooah!
#5 – Pick Some, Sip Some
Fall is apple pickin’ and cider sippin’ time. While the U-pick farm is closed right now, you can still pick up a bushel (and plenty of other goodies!) in the farm market. There’s also a tasting room featuring orchard-fresh hard cider and local wines, so be sure to swing by for a sip to choose your favorite.