The 10 Best Things to Do in Ellijay GA & Gilmer County

Bird's Eye View of Downtown Ellijay GA

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 array of hiking … Read more

The 20 Best Things to Do in Helen GA

Sautee Nacoochee Mound in Helen GA -Things to do

[Updated November 1, 2021] Widely known as “Georgia’s Alpine Village,” Helen is a former mining town nestled near the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains range. The tiny Georgia mountain 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 … Read more

The Best 15 Hiking Trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Sunset view from atop Brasstown Bald GA

Comprising 867,000 acres of gorgeous, largely pristine land, the Chattahoochee National Forest offers some of the most rewarding and scenic opportunities for outdoor adventure in Georgia. The forest spans a whopping 26 counties, and is truly a nature lover’s paradise. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that lead to picturesque, wildflower-lined streams, glistening waterfalls, … Read more

How to Get to the Raven Cliff Falls Trail in Helen GA

Raven Cliff Falls in Helen GA

From the minute I first step foot onto the trail at Raven Cliff Falls, hear Dodd Creek flowing nearby, and see how quickly the forest swallows me, my breathing begins to normalize.  I know I’m in for some breathless moments on this moderate hiking trail in North Georgia, but my immersion into the forest canopy … Read more

The 15 Best Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Sunset at Hogpen Gap in Helen GA

Traversing 2,190+ miles in the Appalachian Mountains across 14 different states, 8 national forests, and 6 national parks, the Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic and popular hiking trails in the world. Because of its incredible length, it typically takes adventurous thru-hikers 5 to 7 months to tackle the entire trail.  And while … Read more

15 Fun Activities Where You Can Experience Fall in Georgia

Fun Ways to Experience Fall in Georgia

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 is officially … Read more

Exploring Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site & Trails in Cartersville GA

Mound A at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Cartersville GA, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site is considered the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeastern US.  The prehistoric archaeological site contains one of the largest Indian mounds in North America. So it’s designated as a National Historic Landmark– one of just … Read more

The 20 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

Minnehaha Falls, Georgia

In our eyes, one of the highlights of hiking in the North Georgia Mountains is finding yourself at the base of an eye-popping waterfall. Thankfully, there are an abundance of breathtaking Georgia waterfalls to explore, from the 729-foot Amicalola Falls (the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi) to the stunningly beautiful Minnehaha Falls. You might think that … Read more

Fall in the Mountains of North Georgia (Where to See the Best Fall Colors)

Fall colors in Georgia at Brasstown Bald

[Updated September 9, 2021] The infamous heat of summer in the Deep South has finally started to wane, thankfully replaced by the cool, crisp air that signals autumn’s arrival. This is that magical time of year when more and more people are increasingly inclined to explore the great outdoors of the Georgia mountains. Fall in … Read more

How to Get to Horse Trough Falls in Helen GA (Upper Chattahoochee River Campground)

Horsetrough Falls in the Mark Trail Wilderness Near Helen GA

[Updated September 12, 2021] It’s not difficult to understand why Horse Trough Falls is one of the least visited waterfalls in Helen GA once you decide to explore the area for yourself.  The Horse Trough Falls trailhead is located at the back of the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground, which is tucked about 5 miles off … Read more