| Attractions and Things to Do
The 3 1/2 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River in vintage climate controlled or open air railcars. The train ride starts at the historic depot, built in 1905 in downtown Blue Ridge, then stops for a layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN where visitors have an hour and a half, plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream or explore. This sightseeing Blue Ridge train ride starts at the historic 100-year-old depot in Blue Ridge GA where you are welcomed aboard one of the vintage open-air cars or an air-conditioned coach.
Consolidated Gold Mine features gold panning and underground tours of a gold mine that was the site of the first gold rush in America. Open 7 days a week.
Visit 7 days a week to pan for gold and gems at Crisson Gold Mine.
Cherokee Valley Ranch
909 Upper Salem Church Road
Behind The Pickens Co.Airport
Jasper, GA 30143
Fun for the entire family - offering Hay Rides, Horseback Riding...
Year-round Tobogganing and Snow Tubing
ZIP LINE TOURS, Gameroom
4801 Highway 52
Experience the fall season at Burt's Farm in the secluded North Georgia Mountains where the only thing more beautiful than the fall foliage is the vast display of orange colors in all shades created by thousands of Burt's pumpkins. At Burts farm they have pumpkins that range from 150 lbs. to a modest 1 lb. They grow thousands of pumpkins, so the selection is vast and the quantity is never ending. Spend a warm fall afternoon in a huge pumpkin patch. Hay rides featured through the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin Farm Store features gifts, clothing, food including jams and jellies, popcorn and toys.
Miniature Golf and Batting Cages - Gilmer Golf and Games, Hwy 515 south of Walmart. Play mini golf on one of the most scenic miniature golf courses in the entire state of Georgia. The course has been designed with Mother Nature in mind; rock and water hazards create challenging diversions for the skillful player. Features sparkling blue waterfalls, rushing streams, and lovely gardens.
Eagle Mountain General Store at the Coosawattee River Tubing Company at the entrance to the Coosawattee River Resort in Ellijay offers tubing, kayaking rentals, fly fishing clinics. If you are planning on being in Ellijay on the weekend, join them on the weekend evenings for one of many special events. They are having lots of fun things happening at the Eagle Mountain General Store. There will be special events like Pickin' on the Porch, Movies Under the Stars, marshmallow roasts, and much more! Visit our Special Events section on the General Store website to see the latest weekend happenings.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is considered to be the worlds largest freshwater aquarium. Visit the new saltwater addition and view the new "Penguins Rock" exhibit. View river otters, alligators, giant snapping turtles in the freshwater and then see reef fish, seahorses, sharks and so much more. Touch a shark or sting ray. Visit the butterflies and birds in the tropical garden. Discover a secret reef with huge sharks and colorful fish, stroll through a butterfly garden, get hands-on with stingrays and bamboo sharks and explore and undersea cavern. The Aquariums newest gallery features seahorses from all over the world from the large lined seahorses to tiny dwarf seahorses.
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX next to the Tennessee Aquarium is now featuring 2 experiences: 3D Dinosaurs and 3D Deep Sea.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum - Chattanooga The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offersr a wide variety of rides to suit your needs. For a quick trip, the Missionary Ridge Local takes only 55 minutes but packs all sorts of excitement from a ride through a Civil War era tunnel to a guided tour of the restoration shop. Looking for something a little longer? Try the Chickamauga Turn, a 6 hour roundtrip ride to historic Chickamauga, Ga.
The Swan Drive In Theatre highlights a nostalgic experience of days gone by with current first run movies. Watch a movie outside under the stars or in the privacy of your car just like the old days.
John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.
Free concerts are held most Friday nights and feature some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music. We also offer occasional non-Friday concerts of various, entertaining types, so be sure to check this section often for our upcoming schedule.
Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 36th annual Fall Festival, featuring the craft of 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance on two stages, craft demonstrations, food, kid's activities and much more.
The Folk School offers numerous nature trails open to the public during daylight hours. You'll find many interesting points on the scenic paths: the Rainbow Bridge, the Herb Garden and the Corn Maiden
The Folk School's Craft Shop represents more than 300 juried craftspeople and features an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary Appalachian craft, including jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber, ironwork, basketry and other disciplines. You'll find marquetry earrings, clay serving platters, turned-wood bowls, functional fireplace poker sets and many more unique items. The Craft Shop is also proud to be the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers.
A book room houses hundreds of instructional and celebratory books on everything from Basketry to Writing. Buy a few art supplies or a CD from our collection of traditional Appalachian music. You can take home a Folk School t-shirt, hat or bag as a souvenir. Find the perfect scenic postcard to tell everyone back home about your visit to the Folk School. Hours
Monday-Saturday, 8:00am – 5:00pm EST
Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST
If you’re visiting our fine campus and decide to join us for a meal in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall, you may see our students experience a Pavlovian-type response to the traditional ringing of the red, handforged bell tower that signals the serving of each meal. When it rings, they know they’re in for a savory and nutritious meal amid good camaraderie. Join in our non-denominational blessing at the beginning of each meal, then, in our family-style way, pass around heaping bowls and platters of delicious food.
Chef Steve Cipriano and his staff craft nutritious and tasty menus that are varied and well regarded. Our organic garden provides much of the content of our wonderful salads and fresh vegetable dishes. Vegetarian meal options are always available.
22" Tall Inflatable Slide
Pumpkin LauncherPetting Farm
Kids Train Ride
Visit the birthplace of Cabbage Patch kids in Cleveland Georgia
A hands-on children's museum.
On the Southern Belle Riverboat! Take a great Chattanooga cruise along the scenic Tennessee River
Lookout Mountain Flight Park - 7201 Scenic Hwy - Rising Fawn GA
Toll Free: 1.800.688.5637 - Tel: 706.398.3541
Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders.
Rock City will amaze you, it's in our nature. Only six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is 1700 feet above sea level, with a 100-foot waterfall that cascades down the mountain, and the famous Swing-A-Long bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. This self guided tour along the brow of Lookout Mountain gives visiters a birds eye view from hith atop Lookout Mountain.
Some of Rock City's other features include the climbing wall at Lover’s Leap where you can “See Seven States,” the birds of prey shows, Big Rock Grill and the Fairyland Caverns. In addition Rock City host numerous special events and festivals year round including; the Enchanted Maize, the Enchanted Garden of Lights, Rocktoberfest, Shamrock City and m more.
Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
3917 St Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN
The thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile” has delighted guests for over a century. The Incline Railway up historic Lookout Mountain is the world’s steepest passenger railway. In operation since 1895, the Incline is a National Historic site and Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Visit the machine room where the giant gears are put into motion.
Visit Ruby Falls and see America’s deepest commercial cave and the highest, most-visited underground waterfall. Enjoy a guided tour through this fascinating attraction with its 145-foot waterfall, and millions of natural geological formation. At the tours conclusion see the panoramic view from the Lookout Mountain Tower, enjoy the newly rennovated gift shops, and relax on the mountainside deck with a snack.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns is Tennessee’s highest rated cave and is located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We invite you to tour our vast cave system, pan for gemstones, enjoy the thrill of a go-kart ride, or relax by a camp fire while taking in the spectacular views of both Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain.
Smelters Grist Mill & Mill Store
400 Ocoee Street
Copperhill, TN, 37317
Young Harris, Hometown of Zell Miller
Dukes Creek Gold Panning, Helen
Take a day trip and tour Germany while visiting the lovely Bavarian alpine village of Helen which features cobblestone alleys and German alpine village buildings. The annual Oktoberfest is held from September to early November and features German food, lederhosen, polka dance music and beer. Enjoy beer and bratwurst at a streamside bier garten in Helen. Take a day trip to Helen where the BMW. the Volkswagon and beer is celebrated.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Blue Ridge– take a romantic carriage ride through the streets of historic Blue Ridge. No advance reservations are needed. Just look for the horse drawn carriage waiting near the train depot.
Harris Branch Park on Carters Lake has a public beach open from early May through Labor Day. Use caution when swimming there are no lifeguards at Harris Branch. A vehicle use fee is charged at most day use areas at Carters Lake.
Trackrock Archaeological Area - 52 acre area with well preserved petroglyph of ancient Indian origin. Rock carvings resemble animal and bird tracks, crosses, circles and human footprints. Drive US Highway 19/129 south of Blairsville. Turn left onto Town Creek School Road. Turn left at Harmony Grove Church onto Trackrock Gap Road and drive approximately three miles.
Located in downtown Atlanta, this 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games features The Fountain of Rings with four shows daily.
121 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1807
World of Coca-Cola, next to the Georgia Aquarium, is the only place you can explore the complete story-past, present and future- of the world's best-known brand. Thrilling 4D cinematic experience, largest collection of Coke memorabilia ever assembled.
Inside CNN Tour: View what the inside of a news studio looks like. Take the Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta. Tourists take a 50-minute CNN studio tour featuring the Control Room Theater, Special Effects studio and Interactive News Desk section.
Reservations not always required except during busy times are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
CNN Studio Tour Contact Information
One CNN Center
(404) 827-2300 or 877-4CNNTOUR
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world, which houses over 500 different species.
Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway, SE
The South's premier family theme park featuring thrill rides, Broadway-style shows & attractions. Open weekends, spring and fall, daily during summer.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Georgia's #1 attraction offers fun for the whole family features the world's largest exposed granite w/Confederate Carving. With entertainers & crafters, Georgia's 1st 4D Theater, Great Barn, Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, Lasershow Spectacular