Every season is a great season to visit Georgia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, but during the fall, the stunning foliage makes the area truly shine. And to kick off the harvest and beautiful colors of autumn, the area offers exciting fall events and activities to enjoy, including festivals, scenic train rides, apple picking, hiking and more. In between these fun seasonal activities, enjoy shopping at the downtown specialty shops and galleries and dining at eclectic and upscale restaurants, all with the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. Here are some fall vacation ideas in Georgia to consider as you plan your autumn Blue Ridge getaway:
1. Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
In downtown Blue Ridge, hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to see Georgia’s fall foliage at its finest. The train takes passengers on a 26-mile trip along the beautiful Toccoa River in a vintage climate-controlled or open-air rail car. During a two-hour layover in quaint McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, the family can enjoy eateries, shopping and river views. The fall foliage tours start in September and end in November.
2. Pick apples and make s’mores at Mountain View Orchards
Be sure to visit Mountain View Orchards in McCaysville where you can pick your own apples at an old-fashioned orchard or purchase already picked apples in nine delicious varieties. At The Cider House Café, you can also purchase fall treats like jams and jellies, cider, honey and more. While you’re there, enjoy more Blue Ridge fall activities, like a wagon ride with your friends and family or some s’mores around the campfire at night.
3. Visit the local wineries surrounded by fall foliage
Take in breathtaking mountain views while sipping some vino at several wineries and breweries in the area. Stop by Bear Claw Vineyards, known as much for its surrounding beauty as it is for its premium wine; Mercier Orchards, where you can try delicious hard cider and farm wines; and the charming Serenberry Vineyards for shopping and wine tasting on their relaxing patio.
4. Another vacation idea: hike or bike the Aska Trails
A trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains wouldn’t be complete without a hike on its famous trails. If you’re looking for a physical challenge, head over to the Aska Trails, which offer adventurers 17 miles of hikes ranging from one to 5.5 miles. The trails are suitable for all ability levels, but some areas can be strenuous. You can also head to Springer Mountain, which is located nearby and marks the start of the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail to Maine.
5. Enjoy one of the local festivals
The Blue Ridge Mountains come alive with festivals to celebrate the start of the fall season. In September, you can look forward to the Blue Ridge Blues Crawl, where you can enjoy food from eight restaurants and live music to kick off the Blues and BBQ Festival the following day. In October, you can enjoy the Georgia Marble Festival, a two-day celebration that includes a road race, parade, fine arts exhibit, marble quarry tours and more. Planning to attend a Blue Ridge festival is always a great vacation idea, with fun, food, and activities to enjoy with the whole family.
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