Blue Ridge Area Museums & Attractions
Founded in 1886 as a train stop along the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad, Blue Ridge’s mountain location puts it close to a multitude of fascinating attractions you can’t find anywhere else. Get out and explore during your vacation with Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals and discover the area’s rich history. Check out this list of museums, shops, unique places to visit, and other things to do in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Western North Carolina.
From our friends at I Heart Blue Ridge, check out this list of the most popular and fun activities to do while visiting Blue Ridge and the North Georgia mountains.
Book a thrilling helicopter tour and soar high in the sky day or night for scenic bird’s eye views of wildlife, the North Georgia mountains, downtown Blue Ridge, and beyond. Several flight options and tour packages are available.
A must-see! The mission of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (The Art Center) is to provide artistic opportunities for personal growth of the individual and the economic growth of the community. View artistic displays from North Georgia artists and enjoy traveling exhibitions, special events, and educational programs that showcase arts and culture.
At this international olive oil and vinegar tasting room located in downtown Blue Ridge, GA, sample a variety of exotic olive oils and vinegars. The Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company’s knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect combination of flavors to complement your favorite dish or salad. Grab a bottle or two as a unique gift from your Blue Ridge vacation.
Two decades before the 1849 gold rush to California, thousands of gold seekers flocked into the Cherokee Territory of Northeast Georgia, beginning the nation’s first major gold rush. Located in the old Lumpkin County courthouse, the Dahlonega Gold Museum tells the story of America’s first gold rush and the mining history of Georgia. Also in Dahlonega, pan for gold at the Consolidated or Crisson Gold mines, or visit other gold-themed attractions.
The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on a historic mine site in Tennessee, which was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company and Cities Service mining operations from 1899 through 1975. Tour the grounds of the old Burra Burra Mine and see exhibits on the mining heritage of the Copper Basin.
Located in Murphy, North Carolina, Fields of the Wood Bible park features Prayer Mountain, a gigantic Ten Commandments, and more.
Home of the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden, an annual Bluegrass festival, and the Georgia Mountain Fair, the fairgrounds located in Hiawassee present many concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the year.
A re-creation of an alpine village nestled in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Helen features over 200 specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions.
The John. C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC is a national resource for traditional mountain music, dance, art, crafts, nature, gardening, and folklore. Attend a performance or sign up for a workshop.
One of four remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia, the historic Swan, established in 1955, offers first-run movies year-round and a concession stand. Don’t miss the Trailer Drive-In diner across the street famous for biscuits.
Located in a charming store in downtown Blue Ridge, Tupelo Tea features a diverse selection of loose tea, honey, and teaware. Have your tea brewed in-house using their sophisticated system or choose a tea to brew at home. Varieties include black, chai, green, herbal, mate, oolong, puerh, rooibos, and white.