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About Lake Blue Ridge
Located almost entirely within the Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge and its ever-popular Lake Blue Ridge, are home to just over 1,000 people, but that’s part of the appeal of this small town. Lake Blue Ridge provides recreational activities for everyone of every age, and the town itself has opportunities to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. Blue Ridge is just 90 miles north of Atlanta, making it a perfect weekend getaway for those in Georgia and an ideal destination or visitors to the state.
Things to do in Lake Blue Ridge
At Lake Blue Ridge, visitors can take part in many recreational activities. There is a day use area that gives way to a beautiful view of the lake. In addition, it contains a boat ramp for easy access into the water. The day use area also has a little hiking area along the shoreline and kayak and paddle board rentals. Fishing in the lake is a special treat for avid fishers, as Blue Ridge holds the title of Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia. The best places to go is Lake Blue Ridge Dam, one of the largest earth dams in North America. Just below the dam is an access point for fishing and catching those trout. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation, head to Morganton Point Recreation Area. This is the premier spot to enjoy the “beach” and lounge on the shoreline. Here, you’ll find a concession stand, public restrooms and showers, and kayak and paddleboard rentals. Take your boat out on the water via the boat ramp and take the kids tubing, wakeboarding, or even jet skiing. In Blue Ridge, the scenery is one of the biggest draws for visitors. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a great place to get a view of it all. The railroad, which connects Blue Ridge to a town called McCaysville, gives visitors an intimate journey along the Toccoa River and Chattahoochee National Forest. Blue Ridge is dedicated to making itself one of the top 100 art towns in America. To get there, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association provides a community theater that hosts live music and theater productions, art galleries, specialty shops, and locally-owned restaurants. The little mountain town comes alive with live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at the Blue Ridge Brewery and most weekends at some other local establishments most weekends. Listening to live music, shopping the local stores, and having a freshly brewed beer is in your future if you’re heading to Blue Ridge.
Day Trips from Lake Blue Ridge
Chattanooga, Tennessee is just a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from Blue Ridge, and if you’re itching to get out of the small mountain town, it’s the place to go. Chattanooga still has the natural scenery to offer visitors, but the city also boasts many other attractions. For the art lover, check out the Bluff View Art District where you’ll find River Gallery, a museum exhibiting local, regional, national, and international artwork. Head over to the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. Some of these sculptures reach 40 feet in height and 60 feet in width, so prepare yourself for the scale of these incredible pieces of art. Don’t forget to stop by Ross’s Landing on the riverfront, a Cherokee removal site now memorialized by and interactive water feature. Lookout Mountain is also a favorite attraction. With the title of the world’s steepest passenger railway, the Incline Railway takes visitors up the 1-mile incline of Lookout Mountain. It’s also a National Historic site and claims itself to be “America’s Most Amazing Mile”. Whatever you do, make sure you leave some time to visit Ruby Falls at Lookout Mountain. Named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth, it is also America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall. You have to check this place out!
Lake Blue Ridge Accommodations
Tripping.com offers travelers plenty of vacation rental options in the Lake Blue Ridge area. Bring all your friends and rent a 4-bedroom modern house to ensure everyone has their own space while you’re on your mountain town adventure. Or, go on a romantic getaway and rent a small cabin hidden among the trees in the Chattahoochee Forest. Find the right fit for your vacation at Tripping.com.
Transportation in Lake Blue Ridge
Fly into Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and make the short, 1 hour and 45-minute drive to Blue Ridge. Or, fly into Atlanta, where you’ll likely find flights cheaper by about $100, and drive the 1 hour and 30-minutes. While in Blue Ridge, you’ll want a rental car, as public transportation does not go many places.