Blue Ridge was founded in 1886 as a result of the arrival of the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad. In the early years, there were five hotels and several boarding houses in downtown Blue Ridge, and the town was promoted as the "Switzerland of the South."
Arts and culture are alive and growing like kudzu in the mountains of North Georgia. The town of Blue Ridge offers visitors uptown shopping and amazing dining in a charming small town setting. Blue Ridge has an artsy vibe with a vibrant arts scene, local art galleries, and great community theater in addition to three craft breweries and live music on weekends.
Blue Ridge also offers 106,000 acres of Chattahoochee National Forest with countless opportunities for outdoor fun! Such as hiking on the Benton MacKaye Trail or visiting one of the local waterfalls. Boat on Lake Blue Ridge or go rafting on the exciting Ocoee River. Float down the beautiful Toccoa River or catch trophy trout as Fannin County is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia.
Blue Ridge was featured on the fourth episode of GPB's Hometown Georgia. See it below!