Around the town of Blue Ridge, GA, miles of rugged wilderness offer endless beauty and natural vistas during all four seasons of the year. The Blue Ridge Mountains, which form a portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range that runs north-south across Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, are a vital part of America's natural heritage. The area's popularity as a summer destination is increasing, partly due to rising interest in close-to-home vacations among Georgia residents, who can appreciate the area's local treasures despite living here all year long. For your stay, find a vacation rental on or close to the parkway, which will make it easy to explore the unforgettable waterfalls, wildflower fields, and wildlife viewing opportunities that are just a hike or horseback ride away.
If you're looking for things to do in and around Blue Ridge, here are a few suggestions:
-Hiking: The Benton MacKaye and Duncan trails offer beautiful access to the Cohutta National Forest just west of Blue Ridge.
-Boating and canoeing: Lake Blue Ridge, an eleven mile lake nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers a perfect place to rent a jet ski, take out a pontoon boat from one of several launch sites, or rent a canoe. Nearby Lake Notterly also offers excellent fishing and water sport options.
-Horseback riding: There's no better way to experience the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountain trails.
-Local wineries: Sample award winning wine varieties at Crane Creek Winery, Three Sisters, or Frogtown Cellars, among many others.
-Festivals: Schedule your trip in May for the Annual Arts in the Park Festival, or come on July 4th for the Blue Ridge Fireworks display and Old Timer's Day, a celebration involving local crafts, delicious ice cream, and great entertainment.
Vacation rentals in or near Blue Ridge are widely available, including condos and villas in the mountains. Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature and enjoying a cup of coffee from the porch of your secluded villa overlooking an endless Blue Ridge valley.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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