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The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a heritage railroad and one of the top attractions in the city of Blue Ridge in Georgia. Following the earlier Marietta and North Georgia Railroad line along the Toccoa River, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway started its operations in 1998 and also offers freight service on the same line. This restored train offers themed rides and runs from Friday to Monday from late March to the last weekend of December. A few special Christmas train also run from the Thanksgiving weekend and continue over the following weekends. Take a ride along this train for some good old-fashioned southern food, great ambiance, and amazing views.
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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
241 Depot Street
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The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a heritage railroad and one of the top attractions in the city of Blue Ridge in Georgia. Following the earlier Marietta and North Georgia Railroad line along the Toccoa River, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway started its operations in 1998 and also offers freight service on the same line. This restored train offers themed rides and runs from Friday to Monday from late March to the last weekend of December. A few special Christmas train also run from the Thanksgiving weekend and continue over the following weekends. Take a ride along this train for some good old-fashioned southern food, great ambiance, and amazing views.
The Blue Ridge Lake is a reservoir in the Fannin County, located just 7 miles east of the city of Blue Ridge. Spread over 3,300-acre (1,300 ha) of the area, this lake is situated 1,686 feet (514 m) above mean sea level. This lake was created after the Blue Ridge Dam was completed and offers more than 60 miles of shoreline. This is one of Georgia's most picturesque mountain lakes and its crystal blue waters offer not only great views but plenty of opportunities to unwind and relax. Swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and bird-watching are some of the popular recreational activities that you can enjoy here.
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Lake Blue Ridge Marina
335 Marina Drive
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The Blue Ridge Lake is a reservoir in the Fannin County, located just 7 miles east of the city of Blue Ridge. Spread over 3,300-acre (1,300 ha) of the area, this lake is situated 1,686 feet (514 m) above mean sea level. This lake was created after the Blue Ridge Dam was completed and offers more than 60 miles of shoreline. This is one of Georgia's most picturesque mountain lakes and its crystal blue waters offer not only great views but plenty of opportunities to unwind and relax. Swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and bird-watching are some of the popular recreational activities that you can enjoy here.
The Blue Ridge Adventure Park is an amusement park in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Whispering Pine Lodge is three miles from this park. The park offers a Challenge Course and Zip & Climb Package. These obstacle-based challenge courses are specially designed for the participants on mental and physical levels. Featuring three levels of suspended bridges and tightropes hang between 15 to 50 feet in the air and keep getting progressively difficult as you finish a level. All their courses are self-guided.
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Blue Ridge Adventure Park
2087 E 1st St
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The Blue Ridge Adventure Park is an amusement park in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Whispering Pine Lodge is three miles from this park. The park offers a Challenge Course and Zip & Climb Package. These obstacle-based challenge courses are specially designed for the participants on mental and physical levels. Featuring three levels of suspended bridges and tightropes hang between 15 to 50 feet in the air and keep getting progressively difficult as you finish a level. All their courses are self-guided.
The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is a 270-foot long bridge and is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. Located on the Benton MacKaye Trail as well as the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail and accessible from Highway 60, this bridge is great for hikers, paddlers, and fishermen. Supported by simple anchoring at each end, this scaled-down suspension bridge swings not only from side to side but also bounces up and down which makes this even more fun.
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Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
Hwy 60
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The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is a 270-foot long bridge and is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. Located on the Benton MacKaye Trail as well as the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail and accessible from Highway 60, this bridge is great for hikers, paddlers, and fishermen. Supported by simple anchoring at each end, this scaled-down suspension bridge swings not only from side to side but also bounces up and down which makes this even more fun.
The Mercier Orchards, now in its fourth generation, is an apple orchard. It's about five miles from Whispering Pine Lodge and has the best fried pies ever! Started by Bill & Adele Mercier back in 1943, this place now celebrates 75 years of fruitful operations. Currently growing apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, and nectarines, the Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge is popular with the locals as well as the tourists alike. The Mercier Orchards are open on all days of the week between 7 am and 6 pm.
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Mercier Orchards
8660 Blue Ridge Drive
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The Mercier Orchards, now in its fourth generation, is an apple orchard. It's about five miles from Whispering Pine Lodge and has the best fried pies ever! Started by Bill & Adele Mercier back in 1943, this place now celebrates 75 years of fruitful operations. Currently growing apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, and nectarines, the Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge is popular with the locals as well as the tourists alike. The Mercier Orchards are open on all days of the week between 7 am and 6 pm.
Bear ClawStarated by Kevin and Michelle Swim, this winery and t Vineyards & Winery, Inc. is one of several wineries in the Blue Ridge Area. Bear Claw is about 3 miles from Whispering Pine Lodge. The farm is located at the 1832 feet above sea level, making this an ideal place for growing grapes. Their wines include Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Riesling, Cayuga, and Treehouse Chardonnay among many others. If you are in Blue Ridge, a visit to this place is highly recommended.
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Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery, Inc.
2281 Tennis Court Rd
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Bear ClawStarated by Kevin and Michelle Swim, this winery and t Vineyards & Winery, Inc. is one of several wineries in the Blue Ridge Area. Bear Claw is about 3 miles from Whispering Pine Lodge. The farm is located at the 1832 feet above sea level, making this an ideal place for growing grapes. Their wines include Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Riesling, Cayuga, and Treehouse Chardonnay among many others. If you are in Blue Ridge, a visit to this place is highly recommended.
Hike to a beautiful local waterfall. A beautiful waterfall is the best reward at the end of a hike. Three of our favorites are Falls Branch Falls and Long Creek Falls, in Fannin County, and Amicalola Falls near Ellijay. Download our waterfall guide here.
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Hike to a beautiful local waterfall. A beautiful waterfall is the best reward at the end of a hike. Three of our favorites are Falls Branch Falls and Long Creek Falls, in Fannin County, and Amicalola Falls near Ellijay. Download our waterfall guide here.
Float the Toccoa River. In addition to Outland Expeditions Ocoee River Rafting, there are several other rafting and tubing companies in the area. Just Google and you'll find plenty. The most popular family pastime in the summer is probably tubing the clear, chilly Toccoa River either above the Lake Blue Ridge dam on Aska Road or below in McCaysville. But there are lots of ways to enjoy our rivers, streams and lakes, including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, pontooning and paddle boarding.
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Outland Expeditions Ocoee River Rafting
6501 Waterlevel Hwy
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Float the Toccoa River. In addition to Outland Expeditions Ocoee River Rafting, there are several other rafting and tubing companies in the area. Just Google and you'll find plenty. The most popular family pastime in the summer is probably tubing the clear, chilly Toccoa River either above the Lake Blue Ridge dam on Aska Road or below in McCaysville. But there are lots of ways to enjoy our rivers, streams and lakes, including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, pontooning and paddle boarding.
Things to Do in Blue Ridge
North Georgia is rich with hiking trails. Take your pick from simple hiking trails all the way to the challenging Appalachian Trail!
Georgia's Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia! According to Georgia Outdoor News, the Toccoa River is one of the region's rivers that hold the characteristics required for anglers to find big trout. Serious trout fishermen know that there is serious trout fishing in Fannin County not only in the Toccoa, but in Rock Creek, Cooper Creek and Noontootla Creek. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources publishes a comprehensive trout fishing guide to Georgia, available at the Welcome Center.
Cohutta Fishing Company
490 E Main St
Georgia's Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia! According to Georgia Outdoor News, the Toccoa River is one of the region's rivers that hold the characteristics required for anglers to find big trout. Serious trout fishermen know that there is serious trout fishing in Fannin County not only in the Toccoa, but in Rock Creek, Cooper Creek and Noontootla Creek. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources publishes a comprehensive trout fishing guide to Georgia, available at the Welcome Center.
North Georgia has hiking trails galore! If tackling the Appalachian Trail is intimidating (and it should be!), don't worry. There are ample hiking trails that range from easy walks to more challenging trails. Whispering Pine Lodge has maps in our cabin guest book to help you make a decision.
Appalachian Trail
North Georgia has hiking trails galore! If tackling the Appalachian Trail is intimidating (and it should be!), don't worry. There are ample hiking trails that range from easy walks to more challenging trails. Whispering Pine Lodge has maps in our cabin guest book to help you make a decision.