#1 – Crunch a Car
Drive 17 tons of roaring military steel over a car in a hood-crumpling, glass-shattering crush. Run over 5 acres of bumps, dips and humps in a military truck. Dig a hole like a pro with a 40,000-pound construction excavator. Or shoot 100 rounds from an M-1919 machine gun. No matter the adventure, the thrills never stop at this heavy equipment playground.
10408 Appalachian Highway, Morganton, GA 30560
#2 – Learn Some history
Explore the role our rural communities have played in shaping the American cultural landscape through the Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit. In cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, this special event uses photos, objects, film, audio and interactive technology to share the story. Visit the website for all the events and opportunities going on from April 25-June 6.
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (The Art Center)
420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#3 – Go Two-Wheelin’
Experience Blue Ridge by bike with a rental from Pedego Blue Ridge, which offers electric-assisted bikes — perfect for tackling in-town hills or off-road trails. Tours are available to area falls and attractions. Or, head over to the Fannin County Park or the Lake Blue Ridge Day-Use Recreation Area and pick out a comfy cruiser from the automated bike rack. Just access via the “Movatic” mobile app and enjoy a pedal around the park.
257 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Fannin County Park, 370 Tom Boyd Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Lake Blue Ridge Day-Use Area, Dry Branch Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#4 – Pick Some Berries
Fruit is ripe for the pickin’ at Mercier Orchards — strawberries in May, blueberries in June and blackberries in July. You can pick your own or pick some up for purchase in the farm store. Be sure to check ahead for days and times (ask about apple blossom tractor rides and hard cider tasting tours, too).
8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#5 – Saddle Up
Saddle up for a spring trail ride through forests of blooming dogwoods and rhododendrons. Experienced local guides will pair you up with the perfect mount, whether your tastes run to “Old Daisy” or “El Diablo.” Be sure to ask about family wagon rides, proposal rides, picnic rides and authentic “dude-for-a-day” adventures.