The North Georgia Mountains provide a playground for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the daily grind. Lush green hardwood forests, tumbling mountain rivers, thundering waterfalls, and rolling hills make this area the perfect spot for cabin vacation rentals in Georgia. Whether you enjoy hiking and fishing or mingling with the friendly country natives, Georgia cabin rentals offers plenty of things to see and do for those planning a trip. Check out these seven quiet and picturesque locations to plan your family getaway.

1. Blue Ridge

 Blue Ridge
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A place where southern charm meets sophistication, Blue Ridge offers shopping, upscale restaurants, galleries, and museums all tucked away in a scenic mountain setting. Close to half of this town lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest, so visitors can take advantage of all that nature has to offer. Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for spectacular views of the surrounding area, rent a boat and fish for trout on Lake Blue Ridge, or sign the family up for a canopy tour and go zip lining at the Blue Ridge Adventure Park. Hike the Appalachian Trail, picnic at Horseshoe Bend Park, or go whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. Whether you enjoy spending time outdoors, or you just want to relax on the deck of your cabin rental, Blue Ridge has something for all ages.

2. Dahlonega

Dahlonega

Dahlonega is a small college town approximately an hour and a half north of Atlanta. Most of life revolves around the square, which offers a variety of small shops, antique stores, and restaurants. As temperatures in the North Georgia Mountains climb in the summer, locals and visitors head to the creeks and surrounding waterways to cool off. Go tubing down the Chattahoochee, or sign up for a kayaking tour down the Chestatee River with the Appalachian Outfitters. Gem mining is another popular tourist activity, and at night, you can take a ghost tour through the town square.

3. Helen

Alpine Helen & White
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If you‘ve ever dreamed of going to the Swiss Alps, satisfy that dream with a trip to the Bavarian replica town of Helen. Just north of Cleveland, Georgia, Helen packs a lot of activity in a small location. Cabin rentals range from cozy home places directly on the river to spacious homes tucked in the hills. Here, you can cool off at the Helen Waterpark, or play a round of mini golf at Alpine Mini Golf. Take a guided horseback ride through the hills, or ride a horse-drawn carriage ride through the center of town. At the end of the day, be sure to stop at the local fudge shop and take some goodies back to your rental.

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4. Ellijay

 Ellijay River
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Often referred to as the apple capital of Georgia, Ellijay is the perfect spot for those who enjoy the outdoors. Go whitewater rafting or tubing down the Cartecay River, or sign up for a guided canoe tour with the Boogie Rivers Tubing Company. In the fall, stop by one of the apple orchards and pick your own apples. Hillcrest Orchards has a petting zoo and pig races, and kids can take a wagon ride through the farm. For history buffs, be sure to stop in at the Tabor House and Civil War Museum to learn some more about the region.

5. Hiawassee

 Hiawassee
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Hiawassee is a scenic town located along Lake Chatuge. Cabin rentals directly on the water provide a tranquil respite from daily life. Bring your boat from home or rent one at the Boundary Waters Resort and Marina. In the summer, stop by the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a concert, or meander through the local booths and view the local crafts. Ride horses at the Brasstown Valley Stables, or go mountain biking at the Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Center.

6. Pine Mountain

 Callaway Gardens
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Located on the western border of Georgia, Pine Mountain is home to the popular resort Callaway Gardens. When staying in cabin rentals in Pine Mountain, explore the beautiful gardens at Callaway, stop in the Little White House for a history lesson, and then see a variety of exotic animals at the Wild Animal Safari. If you and the family prefer exploring the outdoors, hike up to the Cascade Waterfall along the Pine Mountain Trail, or ride horses at Roosevelt Stables. Before heading back to your vacation rental, stop by the Sugar Candy and Gift Shop for homemade fudge and other goodies.

7. Blairsville

 Blairsville
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Located in Union County, Blairsville has a variety of mountain cabin vacation rentals that are ideal for family getaways. Climb to the highest point in Georgia at Brasstown Bald and enjoy views of the skyscrapers in Atlanta on a clear day. Kayak on the calm water at Vogel State Park, or hike to the top of Helton Creek Falls and have a picnic on the rocks. For fresh fruits and vegetables, the Union County Farmer‘s Market offers a variety of locally grown food and homemade crafts from around the region.

 
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