Top 20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

Black Rock Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

I’ve been exploring the North Georgia mountains since I was a young boy, camping and hiking with my parents and our church youth group (which they led).  In my 20s I got my start in professional photography by exploring the North Georgia State Parks, whose myriad hiking trails and waterfalls provided a great escape from … Read more

Christmas Fun at Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

Christmas at Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights in Lookout Mountain GA

Growing up in North Georgia, you couldn’t drive very far into the Blue Ridge Mountains without seeing the famous “SEE ROCK CITY” signs painted on barns, birdhouses, and more.  And yet, for some odd reason, my family never visited Rock City Gardens, which has been a popular Chattanooga-area attraction for 90 years now.  Located atop … Read more

The 20 Best Things to Do in Ellijay GA & Gilmer County

Bird's Eye View of Downtown Ellijay GA

[Updated September 28, 2022] As the metro Atlanta population continues to grow and expand, more and more people are heading for the wide open vistas of the North Georgia mountains. And it’s not difficult to understand why. With lots of charming towns surrounded by scenic summits and the wilderness of the Chattahoochee National Forest (with its … Read more

Hiking the Preachers Rock Trail Near Dahlonega GA

view from Preachers Rock Dahlonega GA

One of the most popular places on our Best Hiking Trails in North Georgia Bucket List, the Preachers Rock Trail is located approximately 18 miles north of Dahlonega GA.  The 2-mile trek from Woody Gap to Preachers Rock is part of the Appalachian Trail, with the trailhead less than 2 miles from the small town … Read more

The 20 Best Wineries in the North Georgia Mountains

Wineries in North Georgia

[Updated September 5, 2022] It’s common knowledge that the North Georgia mountains are filled with stunning natural beauty, from rolling hills and mountain lakes covered in morning mist to dense forests and tranquil creeks. But it may surprise some visitors to learn that the unique climate and geography of these Blue Ridge Mountains also provides the … Read more

The 20 Best Hiking Trails In Atlanta GA (& Hikes Near Atlanta)

Couple watching Sunset atop Stone Mountain GA

From the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail to an endless array of State Parks, WMAs, and waterfalls scattered throughout the region, North Georgia is an amazing place for anyone who loves hiking.  But even if you can’t make the drive to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains of North GA, hiking in Atlanta offers a surprising … Read more

Hiking the Lula Lake Land Trust Near Lookout Mountain GA

Lula Lake Land Trust Waterfall

The first time I saw a photo of the Lula Lake Land Trust, it stopped me in my tracks.  It was a breathtaking aerial drone photo featuring a massive waterfall surrounding by brilliant fall colors. It looked as if Niagara Falls had had a baby, and the baby had moved to the state of Georgia. … Read more

Hiking the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge Near Blue Ridge GA

Toccoa River Swinging Bridge in Blue Ridge GA

Adventures in the great outdoors almost always offer a reward of some sort.  Maybe it’s a waterfall, or a scenic mountain overlook. Maybe it’s a cool cave, spotting some interesting wildlife, or a trail through a meadow filled with North GA wildflowers.  Last week I took an excursion to see a bridge. Specifically, the swinging bridge over the … Read more

25 Fun Activities Where You Can Experience Fall in Georgia (2022)

Fun Ways to Experience Fall in Georgia

[Updated 8/13/2022] You know it’s nearly fall in Georgia when the sweltering heat of summer gives way to a cool, crisp morning breeze, and you start swapping out bikinis and board shorts for boots and sweaters. And when the first maple leaves begin to transform, and suddenly everything becomes pumpkin-themed and flavored, you know fall … Read more