The Mountains Are Calling
It is time for a weekend adventure, so when the mountains call, hop in the car and get on the road. Anytime you are looking to escape the hot summer temperatures in the Southeast, you will definitely want to head to the mountains. The North Georgia mountains offer an incredible value for families with adventure activities, cabin rentals, and outdoor spaces for a great weekend getaway.
Cabin Rentals in North Georgia Mountains
There are several Northern Georgia towns in the valleys and mountain areas to choose from, and each of them offer vacation rentals, hotels, and some resorts. Most people heading to this area are looking for a cozy cabin for their family getaway in Georgia. Below are a few suggestions in different areas.
*Blue Ridge, GA is one of the top weekend getaways Georgia offers. Check out this cabin with views you will never forget!
*This cabin with a view of Lake Burton is a family friendly rental with lots of options for outdoor activities. With a hot tub and a fire pit, you’ll create so many family memories on this Georgia mountain vacation.
*Another choice, near Hiawassee, in the highest peaks of the Georgia mountains and close to Hightower Creek Vineyards. With an open floor plan and a wrap-around deck you can enjoy your time inside and outside.
*A unique choice on the banks of the Taccoa River, this tiny cozy cabin sleeps 6. You will have flowing water right outside for swimming, fishing and tubing from right there!
En route to your Georgia Mountain Vacation
There are a multitude of stop offs that are worthwhile on your way to vacation in the Georgia mountains. If you are coming from South Carolina, consider stopping at Paris Mountain State Park. Paris Mountain State Park is located just 5 miles north of Greenville, SC. Greenville is a bustling city with a main street full of restaurants with outdoor seating and shops to wander through. The park itself offers fishing, a designated swimming area, canoe/kayak/paddleboat rentals, and hiking & biking trails. Picnic shelters are scattered throughout the park, along with campsites (some with full RV hookups) located near shower/restroom facilities. You can spend a few hours here and enjoy the trails, but you will barely scratched the surface. This can be a great way to start off your weekend adventure.
Another potential stop along the way is Toccoa Falls, located in Toccoa Falls, GA. There is an entry fee to view these falls, but the gorgeous setting makes it worthwhile. Cloudland Canyon and Tallulah Gorge are two other phenomenal outdoor wonderlands to experience in and around these northern Georgia mountain towns. Speaking of other waterfalls, you may want to visit DeSoto Falls recreation area near Cleveland. If it’s family fun you’re looking for, Helen has putt putt golf, river tubing and more.
Activities in the GA Mountains
If your focus is outdoor adventure set out to Unicoi State Park to conquer their zipline adventure through the Georgia mountains. The group sizes were limited to 10 people, and the guides were spectacular at keeping everyone safe and helping all to feel comfortable. It was a stress-free and super fun environment for a family of adventure teens.
After zip lining, drive over to Anna Ruby Falls to do a short hike and observe the beautiful cascading falls. This is a very easy hike with a great reward. If you have littles or tired legs from a previous hike, this is a great one to add to your weekend adventure.
Hiking in the Georgia Mountains
There is no shortage of hiking trails in this area of Georgia that are perfect for weekend trips in Georgia. Research to see where you could hop on the Appalachian Trail, where to find easy parking spots for trailheads and where bathroom facilities that are open. We recommend using Atlanta Trails for all the information you need. A popular hike on the Appalachian Trail for summer is Preacher’s Rock, a perfect family hike. It is a moderate hike with the added benefit of amazing views at the end (this is an in & out hike).
After a hike to Preacher’s Rock drive to Brasstown Bald visitors center, which is surrounded by the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. This is the tallest peak in Georgia and has some epic views from the observation deck. After you pay your entry and find a parking spot, you will need to hoof it up the .6 mile paved walkway. It’s short, but strenuous as it feels like you’re walking straight up. When you get to the top you’re at the tallest peak in Georgia at 4,784 elevation above sea level. I know for you west-coasters that’s no big deal, but most of us east coasters live at sea level so it’s a jump for us!! These are two of the best places to visit in the Georgia mountains if you are looking for outdoor activities.
More from a Weekend Adventure
A few other noteworthy stops include a visit to a sliding rock/swimming hole on Wildcat Creek. The creek was very rustic and a bit of a challenge to find, but we practically had the spot to ourselves with only 2 others there. The water was refreshingly COLD and it was perfect for our teens. There are incredible pottery shops scattered through the north Georgia mountains-use google to find some in the area you are based. If you are looking for things to do in the north Georgia mountains, check out renting a boat for skiing or wakeboarding and/or fishing on Lake Burton or Lake Chatuge. The Ridges Resort and Marina is one of the wonderful resorts in the north Georgia mountains located on Lake Chatuge.
We hope this helps you plan a great weekend getaway in the North Georgia mountains! There are so many great places to stay, amazing cabin rentals and loads of outdoor activities to enjoy as a family. Teenagers especially have a great time in the Georgia mountain towns as they can push their limits with outdoor adventures.