The 25 Best Hiking Trails in North Georgia Bucket List

Lake Trahlyta Vogel State Park - North Georgia Hiking Trails

[Updated July 26, 2021] From the soaring summits of Blood Mountain and Brasstown Bald to the cascades of enchanting waterfalls like Anna Ruby and Amicalola, there’s no shortage of impressive natural attractions in North Georgia. The terrain of the state’s dynamic Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with beauty and plenty of history. Thanks to an … Read more

Non-Venomous vs Venomous Snakes In Georgia (Identification Guide)

Snakes In Georgia

“Why’d it have to be snakes?!?!”  This memorable line– spoken by Indiana Jones in the 1984 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark– reveals a bizarre truth. Even a badass, jungle-roaming, whip-cracking Nazi hunter can have an irrational fear of slithering reptiles. Just hearing the word “snake” can evoke feelings of fear in otherwise intrepid adventurers. Which … Read more

The 15 Best North Georgia Mountains for Hiking

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Mountains in Black Rock Mountain State Park

[Updated July 18, 2021] If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, soak in stunning views, and tackle unforgettable outdoor adventures, look no further than the majestic mountains of North Georgia. Hiking through lush national forests along wildflower-strewn paths, crossing sparkling streams, and around mossy boulders has always been one of our favorite things to do in … Read more

The 20 Best Pumpkin Patches in North Georgia to Visit

Best Pumpkin Patches in North Georgia

When the autumn leaves begin to transform into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, many avid “leaf peepers” start getting excited about all the fun activities and annual traditions the season brings. From apple picking and corn mazes to simply enjoying the exquisite natural beauty of the Blue Ridge region without the heat of … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Helen GA

Sautee Nacoochee Mound in Helen GA -Things to do

Widely known as “Georgia’s Alpine Village,” Helen is a former mining town nestled at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tiny town (population: 582) resurrected itself in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a quaint re-creation of a traditional Bavarian village, providing a taste of the Alps in the foothills of … Read more

The Roundhouse Rental Cabin in Helen GA (Little Andy Mountain Cabins)

Exterior Shot of Roundhouse Rental Cabin in Helen GA

As a tiny mountain town (just 2.11 square miles) that receives some 3 million annual visitors, there are plenty of Helen GA cabin rentals to choose from.    Whether you want an Alpine inn or B&B in the heart of downtown or a cozy cottage in the surrounding mountains, there’s a Helen vacation rental for … Read more

Apple Picking in Georgia: The 10 Best North GA Apple Orchards to Visit

When autumn starts to roll around, there are plenty of fun annual traditions to look forward to. From watching the leaves transform into glorious fall colors and visiting a pumpkin patch/corn maze to going to fall festivals and picking apples, it’s truly our favorite season in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia!  There’s something incredibly … Read more

The 10 Best Waterfalls Near Blue Ridge GA

Couple relaxing on rocks at Helton Creek Falls near Helen, GA

[Updated July 25, 2021] Between the historic downtown area, delicious restaurants, wineries, gorgeous scenery, outdoor activities, and unique places to stay, it’s no wonder why locals and visitors alike recognize Blue Ridge as one of the best small towns in Georgia. This tiny North Georgia mountain town offers countless attractions within its city limits, but … Read more

Hiking the Blood Mountain Trail in Blairsville, GA

blood mountain overlook

Reaching the picturesque summit of the Blood Mountain trail felt very much like conquering a mountain, both literally and metaphorically. The strenuous uphill climb continues to get more challenging as you make your way to the top, with the promise of a spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains view like the dangling carrot-on-a-stick to keep you going. … Read more

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden: How to Get 24-Hour Access

Exterior of Howard Finster Paradise Garden Cottages

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden is truly like no place you’ve ever been, or are ever likely to go.  Originally known as the Plant Farm Museum when he started building it in the early ’60s, the folk art legend’s visionary attraction was a 40-year work-in-progress.  Using found objects he collected for decades, he built sculptures from … Read more