If you’re seeking seclusion and picturesque natural scenery, look no further than the North Georgia Mountains. Located in the northwestern area of the state, the North Georgia Mountains cover several counties featuring towns of various sizes. Visitors can enjoy hiking in the woods, horseback riding, fishing, and spending time becoming one with nature. Book a stay at one of many scenic North Georgia Mountains vacation rentals today. Without further ado, here are the most noteworthy points of attraction in and around the North Georgia Mountains.

1. Helen

Helen GA
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Nestled along the Chattahoochee River in White County, Helen is a resort town that draws huge crowds for its Bavarian village theme. From the design of the building in town to the celebrated Oktoberfest, this town could almost be located in Germany. Take your kids for a round of mini golf or rent tubes and float down the river. In town, walk past the shops and get some fudge at one of the many candy stores.

2. Cleveland

Cabbage Patch Kids
Source: Flickr/William McKeehan

A 20 minute drive from Helen through stunning mountain scenery finds you in the town of Cleveland. Enjoy all the charm of a small southern town when you choose a vacation rental in town or the surrounding area. While staying in town, take the kids to see where babies are born. In north Georgia, the babies in question are Cabbage Patch Kids. They are born in a cabbage patch at Baby Land General. You can adopt a one of a kind Cabbage Patch kid or hit the gift shop for a less expensive version.

3. Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge
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Experience the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a vacation rental in the mountain community of Blue Ridge. Spend your days hiking, biking, and fishing in the national forest. Hop on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a day of winding your way through the mountains on a train, or experience the thrill of driving a tank over a car at Tank Town USA. Test your courage at the ropes course at Blue Ridge Adventure Park.

4. McCaysville

Blue Ridge
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Located in Fannin County, McCaysville offers rustic cabin retreats and luxury homes tucked away in the woods for your family to use as a home base while exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains. From this town, you and your family can take a hike on part of the Appalachian Trail. This iconic trail winds it way from Georgia all the way to Maine. Pack a lunch and take the kids to Horseshoe Bend Park on the River for a picnic on a sunny day.

5. Ellijay

Mountain Valley Farms at Ellijay
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Try to time your visit to Ellijay to the town’s apple festival or at least for apple picking season when the road comes alive with small stands selling local apples. Let your kids feed a cow or chase after the chickens when you take a tour of Mountain Valley Farms. At Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, you and your family can sample the varieties of olive oils they make. You can even buy a couple of bottles to take home.

6. Chatsworth

Fort Mountain State Park Chatsworth, GA
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Choose a cabin in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the charming town of Chatsworth. Spend your days hiking in Fort Mountain State Park or visit the lake to catch some fish to cook back at your vacation rental. In town, be sure to stop by the town center and take a few pictures of the Murray County Courthouse with its stately red brick facade and silver dome. Visit the Chief Van House, the “Showplace of the Cherokee Nation,” was one of the first mansions built in the Cherokee Nation.

7. Spring Place

Fort Mountain State Park Beach
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Feel like your stepping back into the past with a vacation rental in the small community of Spring Place. This town sits half way between the Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area and the Fort Mountain State Park and provides you with plenty of opportunities to take the family hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, and horseback riding. At the end of the day, stop by one of the mom and pop restaurants for a home-cooked Southern meals.

8. Clarkesville

Loop 1 - Fort Mountain State Park
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Within easy driving distance of Helen and Cleveland, Clarksville offers your family many activities and day trips to keep your family going or choose to just kick back beside a stream and fish the day away. The town and surrounding area features Clarkesville Greenways, a system of trails for running and hiking with stops for a picnic or fishing. Load the family in the car and enjoy a slow drive along the Scenic Highway 197 and stop for some stunning pictures of the views.

9. Cornelia

Cornelia - Home of the Big Red Apple
Source: Flickr/William McKeehan

Cornelia has all the southern charm of a small Georgia town. It has vacation rentals in town and around the surrounding areas. Make sure to visit the town center and take a picture with The Big Red Apple, a statute of big apple. For some fun, check out the Loudermilk Boarding House & Everything Elvis Museum for some retro music.

10. Tallulah Falls

Top of the Hurricane falls in Tallulah Gorge State park
Source: Flickr/Stanislav Vitebskiy

A vacation rental in the Tallulah Falls area provides your family with the base camp of an outdoor active vacation. Spend your days hiking and rock climbing around Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge. Stop by one of the local horse farms and schedule a trail ride up into the mountains. During the summer months, catch a live music event at the Tallulah Falls Opry House.