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Exploring Georgia’s Hidden Gems: Things To Do Near Cherry Log, Georgia

Located in the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains of Georgia, Cherry Log is a fantastic destination that offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this quaint town provides access to a wide variety of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. We will take you on a virtual journey highlighting some of the best things to do near Cherry Log, one of Georgia’s hidden gems.

Green Sign Saying Welcome to Cherry Log

Getting To Cherry Log, Georgia

Cherry Log, is located roughly an hour and a half north of Atlanta, Georgia, and its surrounding suburbs. Situated just north of Ellijay along Highway 76, part of the beautiful Georgia Mountain Parkway.

SUV Driving Down Road During Fall Season in Cherry Log, GA

To get to Cherry Log from Atlanta, follow these directions: Begin by merging onto I-85 North/I-85 North from Atlanta. Stay in the right lane at the fork to continue on I-75 North, following the signs for Marietta Chattanooga. Then, keep right and continue on GA-5 North/I-575 North by following the signs for Canton. This route will lead you to GA-5 North/GA-515 East/State Route 515, which will take you directly to Cherry Log.

The entire journey from Atlanta to Cherry Log covers a distance of 85 miles and takes approximately 1.5 hours. This makes it a convenient and accessible destination for those residing in the nearby suburbs or for visitors arriving from other states by air.

Cherry Log is conveniently located within a six-hour drive from these popular destinations.

  • Birmingham, Alabama is 225 miles and is about 3.5 hours.
  • Nashville, Tennessee is 205 miles and is about 3.5 hours.
  • Columbia, South Carolina is 300 miles and is about 4.25 hours.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina is 260 miles and is about 4.5 hours.
  • Charleston, South Carolina is 385 miles and is about 6 hours.
  • Memphis, Tennessee is 410 miles and is about 6 hours

Things To Do In Cherry Log

Outdoor Adventures

Cherry Log is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with abundant opportunities for adventure and exploration. The area boasts several hiking trails that wind through dense forests, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. A must-visit spot is the Fall Branch Falls located on the Benton MacKaye Trail. This series of naturally formed cascades that eventually lead to a single, dramatic 30-foot drop into a deep pool at the base is an easy quarter-mile hike for any nature and outdoor enthusiasts. This hike is great for beginners and families, with wide, easy-to-navigate trails through the beautiful, Chattahoochee National Forest. The hike on the way to the waterfall does have some elevation gain, but it is well worth it.

If you’re a fan of water activities or are looking to beat the summer heat then head to the nearby Toccoa River, where you can enjoy fishing, tubing, kayaking, or canoeing. The tranquil waters are perfect for a relaxing day on the river, surrounded by nature’s wonders. If you are looking for some experience, tips, and tricks, or maybe a guided water tour then check out Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters.

For a unique experience, consider embarking on a horseback riding adventure. Local stables such as Cowgirl Up Stables offer guided trail rides through the beautiful landscapes, allowing you to soak in the beauty of Cherry Log from a different perspective.

A Benton Mackaye Trail Marker

Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum

A Bigfoot Xing Sign

This museum offers a unique and immersive experience for all ages. As visitors step into the museum, they are transported into the fascinating world of Bigfoot, the legendary creature that has captured the imaginations of people for generations. The museum’s extensive collection of artifacts, interactive displays, and historical exhibits allows guests to delve into the mystery surrounding Bigfoot, providing an educational and entertaining journey for the entire family.

For enthusiasts and researchers alike, EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! is a treasure trove of information, supporting field research and promoting the study of this elusive cryptid. As a vacation destination, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the rich folklore and cultural significance of Bigfoot in different regions. Visitors can immerse themselves in eyewitness accounts, listen to audio recordings, and marvel at footprint casts, gaining a deeper understanding of the creature’s presence in popular media over the years.

This family-friendly museum is a perfect addition to any vacation itinerary. Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! invites you to be part of the ongoing fascination with the mysterious and enigmatic creature that has captured the world’s attention. As a bonus, guests can browse through the museum’s well-stocked gift shop to find intriguing souvenirs, books, and merchandise related to Bigfoot. This Sasquatch Museum promises an unforgettable adventure that complements the allure of Cherry Log’s scenic landscapes, making it an essential stop for any curious traveler seeking a one-of-a-kind experience.

Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm with last museum admission at 4:30pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. Located at 1934 GA-515, cherry Log, GA 30513 and their phone number is (706) 946-2601 or check them out at their website

Best BBQ In The Area: The Pink Pig

The Pink Pig BBQ Restaurant Sign

The Pink Pig has been a staple in the Cherry Log area for over 50 years. This locally owned and operated BBQ restaurant is known for its pit-cooked meats, Bud’s original BBQ sauce, and the best Brunswick Stew on this side of the Mississippi! Originally a country store and grist mill, the Holloway family purchased it in 1967 and have turned it into a love and passion for BBQ. If you are in the Cherry Log area and looking for some good eats, you can’t pass this up. Stop by today and get yourself a heaping plate of finger-licking good BBQ, fried chicken, and country fixins, or if in a hurry, order the full spread to-go for your beautiful Georgia Mountain Cabin Rental. 

Located at 824 Cherry Log St, Cherry Log, GA 30522 open Thursday through Saturady 11:00am – 8:00pm. Call them for more information or to place a order at (706) 276-3311 or take a peak at their mouth water menu online.


Cherry Log is a quaint mountain village that presents an array of choices for those desiring a secluded, relaxing mountain hideaway. Stay in a snug cabin for an intimate weekend escape or a grand mountain abode with room for your entire family & pets. You’ll find options that suit any group size and budget.


Everyone has different preferences regarding views, from breathtaking mountain view cabins to secluded/wooded and waterfront cabins, we will indeed have a view that puts you at your utmost peace.

View Over Tree Tops Georgia

As you can see, Cherry Log is the perfect example of a hidden gem, just waiting to be enjoyed. Learn more about Cheery Log on our Cherry Log Destination page or plan your next getaway to take in all that Cherry Log has to offer. Looking for even more fantastic Blue Ridge Mountain vacation rentals or wondering about another surrounding area? Check out our entire inventory of beautiful vacation rental properties and see some of the area by checking out our other destinations below.