Best Things to Do in the Mountains of North Georgia

Written By: Sydnah Kingrea

The mountains of North Georgia are teeming with opportunity. Beautiful natural scenery, excellent recreational options and unique historical features make up this distinctive region. When it comes to finding interesting things to do in the area, you will never be in want. Allow our list of the best things to do in the mountains of North Georgia to guide you on your next adventure! 

Waterfall Hikes

The mountains of North Georgia have spectacular waterfalls around every corner. From an easy walk in the woods to Minnehaha Falls in Lakemont, to more challenging hikes like the Hurricane Falls trail in Tallulah Falls, there is a trail for every level of fitness. North Georgia’s waterfall hikes are all unforgettable, so you can’t go wrong when making your trail selection. Some of our favorite waterfall hikes are listed below:

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge 

The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi at 270 feet long! This is must-see destination for Georgians and out of state visitors alike. The swinging bridge is located on the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail in Fannin County. It crosses the Toccoa River. The access from the trails to the bridge is a short, leisurely walk with beautiful views. 

Moonshine Tastings

The North Georgia mountains are home to old-fashioned moonshine distilleries that bring you the great taste of the spirit of the south. The hand-crafted moonshine spirits of our mountains are of the highest quality unlike the moonshine produced in touristy towns. The award-winning taste of North Georgia moonshine will enlighten your taste buds! Click through some of our favorite North Georgia mountain moonshine distilleries below to find out where you can take part in a moonshine tasting:

Foxfire Museum 

The Foxfire Museum in Mountain City, Georgia is dedicated to the Foxfire Magazine and the Foxfire anthologies written about the history of the Southern Appalachia people. The museum houses a replicate town of the Foxfire period that includes 10 authentic pioneer log cabins that were relocated to the area as well as a chapel and other buildings constructed from period materials. See artifacts and handcrafted housewares from more than 180 years ago among other remnants of Southern Appalachian culture. 

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, Georgia honors those who have merited recognition in the racing industry. The museum features rotating exhibits of racing memorabilia, trophies, race cars and more! The Hall of Fame also serves as a venue for a variety of car shows and other events throughout the year. If you love Georgia racing, visit the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to learn everything there is to know about the history.  

Blue Ridge Tree Houses

Stay in a secluded luxury treehouse with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Blue Ridge Tree Houses. The Benton MacKaye Trail System and other hiking areas are a short walk away so visitors can fully immerse in nature during their stay. The treehouses are in close proximity to a variety of fun outdoor recreation opportunities like kayaking or rafting the Ocoee River, spending the day on Lake Blue Ridge or enjoying a relaxing day trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Once you stay in one of these unique properties with pristine views, you will never want to stay anywhere else.  

Bavarian Village 

North Georgia has its very own Bavarian village tucked in the mountains along the Chattahoochee River. Alpine Helen has something for everyone— Some of our favorite activities are tubing the Chattahoochee during hot summer days, dancing to polka during Oktoberfest, hiking Anna Ruby Falls during any season and shopping locally during the holidays. Visitors will love the Bavarian charm designed into every building in the town and the authentic German cuisine and beer. If beer isn’t your drink of choice, there are also several wineries within close proximity.   

Hang Gliding

Hang glide over the North Georgia mountains for a birds-eye view. No experience is necessary and you will be completely safe when you hang glide with the high-quality instructors at Lookout Mountain Flight School in Rising Fawn, Georgia. As you glide through the sky, you will see the Historic High Country from an incredibly unique perspective and get intimate views of Lookout Mountain! 

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