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7 Unique Things to Do in the North GA Mountains

The North Georgia Mountains are a fantastic location to get away from it all if you're looking to relax and unwind or seeking a unique adventure. The area is filled with many activities for adults to enjoy year-round. Here are 7 of our favorite unique things to do in the North GA Mountains around Ellijay, GA.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in North Georgia Mountains
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Only 16.6 miles, 19 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

This railway is a great way to take in the natural beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. The journey starts at the historic depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia, where passengers ride a four-hour 26-mile round trip train ride along the Toccoa River through rural North Georgia. The first leg of the excursion travels passengers one hour to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee. During a two-hour stopover, passengers may visit the area's attractions before taking the one-hour return journey through picturesque woods and back to Blue Ridge Depot in Georgia. Learn more and get tickets on their website:

Build an Ark Animal Rescue in Ellijay, GA

February 2022 update: this business has closed

Only 10.4 miles, 15 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

This is a great place to visit if you're an animal lover. Build an Ark is an animal rescue and hospice housing a variety of animals including sheep, goats, donkeys, horses, ducks, and pigs as well as dogs, cats, and other incredible creatures. All visitors have the opportunity to interact with these wonderful animals by feeding and helping care for them. Discover each animal, its upkeep, and the fascinating tales that brought them to the Ark. Build an Ark Animal Rescue is run on donations, so your contribution supports the animals at the Ark as well as student field trips, nursing home visits, and special events throughout Georgia.

Ellijay River Outfitters

Only 7.9 miles, 11 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

If you're looking to try something new or just do an outdoor activity in the North GA Mountains this is the place! Ellijay River Outfitters offers an unforgettable water adventure on our local Cartecay River including tubing and kayaking.

Whether you want to leisurely float down on an inner tube or battle the waves in a kayak, Ellijay River Outfitters has got you covered for a great day on the river. All of the required equipment, including inner tubes, kayaks with paddles, life jackets, and transport to and from the river, is supplied. Learn more or book ahead on their website:

Panorama Orchards & Farm Market

Only 4.4 miles, 9 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

Panorama Orchards & Farm Market is a family fruit farm that began growing and selling apples in the 1920s and now offers more than 20 different varieties of apples, as well as peaches, strawberries, and fall vegetables.

Panorama Orchards & Farm Market also offers 12 flavors of homemade ice cream, fried pies, homemade fudge, and a variety of other delicious baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth. Find more information on their website:

Project Chimps, Morganton

Only 36.7 miles, 32 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

Project Chimps, the newest chimpanzee sanctuary in the United States, was established to give lifelong care to 200 former research chimps on 236 acres of wooded reserve in north Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, Project Chimps houses 77 chimpanzees and are working to relocate 120 more to a permanent refuge.

There are a number of activities to partake in at Project Chimps, including private group tours, hiking trails, and other various events and programs. To find out more information or schedule a visit, go to their website:

Reel ‘Em In Guide Service

Only 6.9 miles, 9 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

Let a Pro-Guide take you on your next Blue Ridge Mountains fly fishing excursion and show you what true "Southern Hospitality" is all about. Flyfish the hidden hotspots of North Georgia mountains towns such as Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Clarkesville, Cleveland, and Dahlonega.

If you want to stick around Ellijay, Reel 'Em In Guide Service will take you on the Cartecay River or Mountaintown Creek, both trophy fly fishing waters and only minutes from beautiful Ellijay. Schedule a trip and get more info on their website:

Swan Drive-In, Blue Ridge

Only 11.0 miles, 14 minutes from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast

The Swan Drive-In is a fully functional drive-in movie theater that has been open since 1955. You can watch a film outside under the stars or in the seclusion of your car. They even have a concession stand offering delicious snacks including hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, french fries, soft pretzels, coke products, and more. Check out their website for showtimes:

Now That You've Got a List of Things to Do in the North GA Mountains, are You Ready for your Georgia Mountains Getaway?

Are you ready to explore all of the unique adventures that Ellijay, Georgia has to offer? Come stay at the Ellijay River House, a North GA Bed and Breakfast that's close to all the wonderful activities of the North Georgia mountains.


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