The 93-mile-long Toccoa River runs from the Tennessee/Georgia state line through the southern Appalachian Mountains. The area offers lush green space and plenty of opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing, and there are many small towns to stop in during a visit. Choose a Toccoa River vacation rental near the water’s edge for beautiful views and to simply relax and unwind.

1. McCaysville

McCaysville is a small town located along the Northeast border of Georgia. Covering approximately 1.6 square miles, McCaysville offers plenty of opportunities for antique shopping, hiking, swimming, and biking. Take a rafting trip along the Toccoa River, or grab your kayaking scull along the water. Ditch your paddles at your vacation rental and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, or visit the Horseshoe Bend Park on Thursday evenings for a Pickin’ in the Park concert.

2. Copperhill, Tennessee

Copperhill is the sister city of McCaysville and is located at the start of the Toccoa River along the Georgia/Tennessee line. Head out from your vacation rental early in the morning and take a horseback ride at the Blanche Manor. Go tubing on the Toccoa River, or take a fishing tour with the Whitewater Express. Challenge yourself by going ziplining, or visit the Copperhill Opry for a concert.

3. Williamstown

Williamstown is a tiny town near Mineral Bluff and to the east of the north end of the Toccoa River. Take a rail ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, or hike up to Long Creek Falls for a picnic. Drop your picnic basket off at your vacation rental and take a tour of the Grumpy Old Men brewery or go shopping at one of the local gift shops.

4. Blue Ridge

Known for its apple orchards and outdoor adventures, Blue Ridge is a small town in northeast Georgia with a variety of vacation rentals. Rent a pontoon and cruise the Toccoa River, or mine for gems at the Lily Pad Village. Pick up some goodies for a late night snack at the general store, or head to the local drive-in for a movie.

5. Mineral Bluff

Located in Fannin County, Mineral Bluff is a quiet little community with a variety of remote vacation rentals from which to choose. Spend the day on the golf course at the Old Toccoa Farm, or stop by one of the family owned restaurants for some homemade barbecue or a serving of fresh Georgia peach pie.

6. Suches

Commonly referred to as “The Valley Above the Clouds” to locals, Suches is a quiet little town near the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Walk over the Toccoa River on the swinging bridge, or fish for trout on the waters edge to cook later at your cabin rental. There are curvy mountain roads for the driving enthusiast, or you can hike up to Preachers Rock to see the huge trees and a variety of wildflowers.

7. Morganton

For the wine aficionado, Morganton is an excellent place for vacation rentals. Stop by the local vineyards and sample wine from the region, or take the kids to Tank Town USA, where they can pick out, decorate, and crush a car with a tank. The Morganton Point Recreation Area offers boating, swimming, kayaking, and fishing, or you can join a local outfitters tour to see the Toccoa River with a guide.

8. Cole’s Crossing

Take the kids on an afternoon excursion to the zoo at Foster’s Flea Market in Cole’s Crossing. You can also visit the lost mine to mine for your own gold, or escape your cabin rental and go bowling at the local bowling center. Play putt, or drop by one of the quaint mountain gift shops for carved wood souvenirs and keepsakes.

10. Lake Blue Ridge

A reservoir along the Toccoa River and just south of Morganton, Lake Blue Ridge is a 3,000-acre lake with spectacular views and a host of things to do. Choose a vacation rental on the water’s edge for amazing sunsets, then stop by the Blue Ridge Adventure Park to enjoy water slides and a float down the lazy river.

11. Kyle Hollow

A valley in Fannin County near Mineral Bluff and Blue Ridge, Kyle Hollow is the perfect place for vacation rentals. Hike up Chase Mountain, or go fly fishing along the banks of the Toccoa River. Enjoy the waterfalls along the water, or take a day trip in your car driving along the Blue Ridge Scenic Highway.

12. Blairsville

A small stretch of the Toccoa River, Blairsville is the perfect day trip for those looking for a little more action. This small town is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest and offers a variety of vacation rentals from which to choose. Visit nearby Vogel State Park for fishing or hiking, and you can hike to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the state of Georgia.