The Moon Eyed People & Other Cherokee Legends

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

When we explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, we’re lucky enough to get a chance to experience the rich culture of the Cherokee Indians. The mountains offer a glimpse into their unique world, which is full of mythological stories and supernatural beings.  Many of the supernatural beings in Cherokee legends mingle with humans, or even part … Read more

The Ultimate Ocoee River Rafting Guide

Located in Southeast Tennessee, the Ocoee River is a 93-mile river that flows northwest through the southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s known as the Toccoa River in the state of Georgia, where it passes through the towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville. The river is world-renowned for its Class III-V rapids, which served as the dramatic … Read more

The Best Places to Go White Water Rafting in GA

If you’re looking for a pulse-pounding adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains, white water rafting in Georgia offers a rush of adrenaline and a fun way to immerse yourself in the region’s breathtaking natural beauty. North Georgia river rafting is especially popular in summer, in part because many of the rivers make for easy day … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Lookout Mountain GA/TN

Things to do in Lookout Mountain GA TN

Located at an elevation of 2,388 feet, Lookout Mountain sits on the border between North Georgia and Tennessee.  Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Chattanooga (or a 2-hour drive from Atlanta), the mountain is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the area. Atop Lookout Mountain you’ll find one of the most … Read more

Exploring Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Lookout Mountain

Cannon and plaque at Point Park in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

The battles at Chickamauga and Chattanooga were a major turning point in the Civil War. Winning the Battle of Chattanooga in late November of 1863 created a path for the Union Army to take Atlanta, which had a direct effect on the end of the war. Today, these historic battlefields are preserved at the Chickamauga … Read more

How Gold Mining in Georgia Led to Land Lotteries & the Trail of Tears

Gold Mining in Georgia

In the late 1820s, gold was discovered in North Georgia near the mountain towns of Dahlonega and Helen. This discovery– the first major gold rush in the US (after a smaller discovery in North Carolina)– led to an influx of prospectors, all looking to find their fortune by gold mining in Georgia.  The Georgia Gold Rush lasted for … Read more

The 15 Best Historic Sites in Georgia

Wormsloe State Historic Sites in GA entrance

Established as the fourth state after ratifying the United States Constitution in 1788, Georgia has a rich and diverse history. The state is known for its sprawling oak trees in Savannah, rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia, and a largely agriculture-based economy.  English philanthropist James Oglethorpe first settled the state of Georgia in 1733 for the … Read more

Carters Lake Camping, Cabins, & Boat Rentals in Ellijay GA

Carters Lake GA Sunset

Encompassing over 3,000 acres in Chatsworth and Ellijay GA, with 62 miles of shoreline, Carters Lake is a popular destination for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and myriad other forms of outdoor recreation. Located about halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga in the North Georgia Mountains, Carters Lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  There are … Read more