Area Tourist Boards
TriCities Business Association Polk County – Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce (877) 790-2157 or (800) 633-7655. Fannin County Chamber of Commerce (800) 899-MTNS or (706) 632 -5680. Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association (877) 510-5765. Cherokee National Forest (423) 338-3300. Ocoee Whitewater Center (423) 496-0100. Benton Mackaye Trail Association
Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River
The Ocoee River is Dam controlled. Recreational Water Release Schedules for both Dam # 2 (which controls the middle river used for most rafting) and Dam #3 (which controls water in the upper Ocoee including the 1996 Olympic course and the Whitewater Center) are available at the Ocoee Whitewater Center or by calling (423) 496 -0100. For info on escorted rafting trips please see our Rafting Page. Availability is limited, particularly on the upper Olympic course. Please check & make sure that your rafting plans match the water release schedule. (Note – TN law requires that children rafting the middle & upper Ocoee River be 12 years of age or older. For younger children we suggest tubing on the Toccoa or Hiawassee Rivers instead)
The Ocoee Whitewater Center
The Ocoee Whitewater Center is the site of the 1996 Olympic rafting events & is located on Route 64 aproximately 3 miles from the eastern boundry of the Cherokee National Forest. (Less than a 10 minute drive from our cabins.) They offer a staffed welcome & information center, a gift shop, picnic areas, and a number of hiking & biking trails for your enjoyment. On days when the water is not running we suggest you dress the kids in their swimsuits, pack a picnic lunch & everybody go splash in the pools & tiny waterfalls left in the bed of the Ocoee River. (There is a $3 per car daily parking fee which goes to support the upkeep of the Cherokee National Forest)
Historic Train Rides
Reminiscent scenic excursions for those old enough to remember and a totally new experience for those too young. Weekends – March thru December, Daily in October. Trains depart from the original Blue Ridge, Ga Train Depot and travel to Copperhill/McCaysville, where they stop for two hours, allowing you time to explore, shop or enjoy a leisurely lunch before the return leg of the trip. 26 mile trip takes aprox. 4 hours total. Reservations are recommended. Call (877) 413-8724 or (706) 632-8724.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum operates the regions newest rail excursion. Railroad Buffs will love this trip thru the scenic Hiwassee Gorge to the Historic Bald Mountain Loop. Most excursions start at Gee Creek State Park in Delano, TN and travel to the loop, then return to the starting point. Special trips travel to Copperhill for an hour and a half layover. Plans call for a number of special trips this year, including a trip from Gee Creek all the way to Blue Ridge, Ga. Reservations are required. Check the Tennessee Valley Railroad Website, or call 423-894-8028 for schedules more information.
181 Deal Hollow Road, Copperhill, TN (Blanche Manor is located just up the road, less than five minutes from our cabins). They offer an hour and a quarter or a two hour trail ride. Both wind up the mountains to a spectacular view of Big Frog Mountain & the Ocoee River below. They specialize in young riders & offers tandem saddles if desired. For large groups they also offer an evening hay ride thru the apple orchard which includes a stop to build a bonfire & cook your meal for you. (This is usually simple fare – Chili & Cornbread or Shepard’s Pie, etc. Live bluegrass music can also be arranged. Reservations are required. Call (706) 455-RIDE for reservations.
Cohutta Stables Blue Ridge, GA (706) 851-5198 Martha Fillingham Are you an experienced rider looking for half or whole day trail trips? Cohutta Stables offers both half and full day trail rides in the beautiful mountains just minutes from Blue Ridge, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. They provide everything you need to enjoy a relaxing ride through nature’s beauty in these magnificent mountains. If adventure and adrenaline are for you, their expertly trained horses can move through many of the trails at several different gaits that will keep you comfortable while exciting your senses with speed and agility.
The Ocoee Adventure Center offers guided & escorted mountain biking tours. Reservations required. Highway 64, 3 miles West of Ducktown. (888) 723-8622. Blue Mountain Bikes 3716 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706-714-2453 Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters Bike Shop 500 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706-258-3232 56 Toccoa Ave, McCaysville, GA.
Blue Ridge, GA 706-455-2496
Owner guide Eric Chastain offers guided hiking trips to Big Frog, Panter Creek Falls, Rocky Mountain, Conasauga River, Jack River Falls, Turtletown Creek Falls & Benton Mackaye. He also can arrange custom & overnight trips. All trips booked in advance. Offering easy to difficult hikes from 2 miles to 18 miles.
Swan Drive-in 651 Summit Street, Blue Ridge Ga Old Fashioned Drive-In theater, open year round, with first run movies. Usually offers double (& sometimes triple!) features on Friday nights. Movies are not always PG rated, so please check the listings (call (888) 469-1955 for movie info) if you’re bringing younger children. Grab the pillows & blankets, dress the younger ones in their PJ’s and let them discover the fun of a night “out” at the movies the way Mom & Dad (or Grandma & Grandpa) used to do. If you don’t mind powdered sugar all over your car seats – try the funnel cakes! This is one of the favorite activities for our guests ages 6-12.
Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tours Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tours is located one mile east of the Wildwater Limited Outpost on US Highway 64, less than ten minutes from Copperhill Country Cabins. Fly thru the treetops while learning the amazing history and recovery of our copper mining community. This treetop and deep woods canopy trip includes 9 zipline sections and three swinging sky bridges covering 14 acres. Open March thru November Reservations Required. Call 866-319-8870 Ocoee Ziplines and Canopy Tours Ocoee Ziplines and Canopy Tour is operated by Raft One Whitewater, from its outpost at 4599 Highway 64 in Copperhill, less than 10 minutes from our cabins. Offering more than a mile of zipline cables, and breathtaking views of the Cherokee National Forest and Blue Ridge Mountains. Soar like a bird at speeds as high as 40 miles an hour from tree-top sky towers Reservations Required. Call 888-723-8663 Ocoee Zipz Located on Highway 64 in Benton, across from the Ocoee Outdoors Rafting Outpost, a little over 30 minutes from Copperhill Country Cabins. Ocoee Zipz offers 7 Ziplines that total about one-mile and are spread out over approximately 40 acres. Four of the lines are in the tree line that runs along the Ocoee River. Two are in the open field between the river and the rafting outpost. Reservations Required. Call 877 794-7947 or 423 338-5678.
777 Casino Parkway Murphy, NC (828) 422-7777
Our newest area attraction less than 30 minutes away. Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, a brand-new destination with thrilling gaming, five food outlets, cool cocktails and hot entertainment. This North Carolina casino features 60,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slots and 70 traditional table games.
Play your favorite video and slot games at Harrah’s. Gamblers can choose from some of the hottest slot machines! You’ll find all your favorites, plus progressives and video poker in a wide range of denominations. Experience the thrills of video poker and there’s no casino fun like the table games offered at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. Try your hand at blackjack, craps, or roulette! LEARN MORE
8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA (800) 361-7731 or (706) 632-3411 In operation since 1943 Mercier Orchards is a family run business that grows over 30 different varieties of apples on 75,000 trees. They have a wonderful large gift shop which sells a variety of fresh picked apples, home-made cider, jams & jellies of all kinds; as well as honey, muffin & pancake mixes & an assortment of gift baskets & boxes that can be shipped to friends & family. They also have a lunch room offering salads & sandwiches & an amazing bakery. (Their peach pie is to die for!)
Serenberry Vineyards (706) 623-8463 450 Tipton Trail, Morganton, GA 30560. Hours: Thursdays – Saturdays, 11 AM – 5 PM & Sundays, 1 – 5 PM Wine tasting is a perfect way to try a variety of wines before buying the bottles you enjoy! Tastings are four for $4 or seven for $7. Have fun sipping on wines and learning about the history of the area in a relaxed setting. . Ocoee Winery and Gift Shop (423) 614-5100 5365 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN. Open: Monday – Sunday 12 -8 pm. Winery tours available upon request and group tours may be scheduled ahead of time. Offers a variety of red and white table wine, plus many friut wines. Ocoee Red, Blackberry, White Muscadine, Blueberry, apple, Merlot and Red Muscadine. Odom Springs Winery (706) 745-3094 637 Odom Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. Open Fridays and Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm. Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm.
Ocoee Inn Marina Hwy 64 East, Benton, TN (800) 272-7238 or (423) 338-5591 Pontoon boat, fishing boat and canoe rentals. Pontoon boats can take parties of up to 10 and are perfect for family outings or group picnics. A deposit is required. Overnight boat slips also available. Lake Blue Ridge Marina 335 Marina Drive, Blue Ridge, GA (706) 632-2618. A full service marina offering boat & watercraft remtals. Yamaha & Mercury Dealer. Pontoon, Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard & Paddle Boat rentals
Stand Up Paddle
3558 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706-889-8747 The areas newest and fastest growing water sport.
They offer lessons, tours & equipment rentals.They have yoga sessions Saturday morning at 9:00 or Friday and Sunday at 6:00 followed by a sunset paddle. Sunset paddle sessions are available every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Cost is $25 for board & paddle. Please call to reserve a spot.
Chilhowee Gliderport Highway 411 North, Benton TN, (423) 338-2000 Offers sailplane rides with spectacular mountain views. Short ride is 20-25 minutes. Longer ride is 30-35 minutes. Also offers glider rentals & instruction.
Reel Angling Adventures Lee Howard (866) 899-5259. Reel Angling Adventures offers more guided-fishing destinations than any outfitter in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. From cold tailwater rivers to small headwater streams and scenic reservoirs, our anglers enjoy the best trout, bass, striper and panfish fishing found in the tri-state region. All trips include guides, guide boats, rods/reels, flies/lures and tackle accessories and can be booked daily year-round. Blue Ridge Fly Fishing Guides “Colonel Mike” Maginn (706) 838-5515. Guided trout fishing is great for families, friends, and business associates — and for both beginners and experienced anglers. Canoe trips and other rental equipment is available so that non-anglers can have fun too! Blue Ridge Fly Fishing 490 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 (706) 258-4080 Open Daily from 8:30 – 6 pm. Offers wade and drift boat trips on both public and private waters. Shop carries a complete assortment of gear. Also offers a beginner’s class that’s a simple two-hour introductory class that will cover everything from choosing a rod and reel, tying the knots, making the cast, and presenting the fly. It’s just what you need if you’re looking to get started.
Fields of the Wood 10 Commandment Mountain 10000 Highway 294, Murphy, NC (828) 494-7855 A family theme park that doesn’t involve a giant mouse & tons of commercialism. Fields Of The Wood Bible Park, where God’s Word is proudly displayed amidst all His creations. Prayer Mountain, Bethlehem Star, Ten Commandments Mountain, the All Nations Cross and the Baptismal Pool are just some of the attractions. Here you will find the Word of God engraved in stone and displayed across acres of land for all to see and enjoy. The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset and is FREE.
– 11933 Highway 64 Copperhill, TN (423) 496-3579 (Less than 10 Minutes Away) Semi-Private 9 hole course & driving range – Open Year Round – No tee times accepted – Green Fees for non-members Monday – Sunday are $25 for 18 holes and $15 for 9 holes before 3 pm. Twilight golf is available after 3 pm. The fees are $16 for 18 holes and $10 for 9 holes. All fees include carts. The special junior “student” rate is $7 for 18 holes & $11 for 9 holes. Senior non-members can play 18 holes for $19.67 and 9 holes for $15.30 Monday through Thursday from 7 am to noon. Fee includes tax and cart. Private lessons are available & golf clubs are available for rent.
Cherokee Hills Golf Club
Harshaw Road, Murphy, NC (828) 837-5853 (30 Minutes Away) Semi-Private 18 hole course – Open Year Round – Tee Times Accepted – Green Fees $25 (includes use of cart)
64 Dunbarton Road, Blue Ridge, GA (706) 946-1920
24 Adelaide Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 706-534-1317
Mini Golf, Fishing, Gem-mining & Guided Hikes (hikes by appointment only)
Hunting & Shooting
Benton Shooters Supply 6595 Highway 411 Benton, TN (423) 338-2008 Store Hours: Mon. – Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Benton Shooters Supply is the ULTIMATE one stop shopping place for any outdoors enthusiast.They have a 25,000 square foot store with the items such as handguns, target or field guns for the upcoming season, or the perfect bow.
Tank Town USA is the ultimate heavy equipment playground! Whether you want to drive a military tank, military trucks or construction equipment, Tank Town USA has it all.
Professional instructors will put you in the drivers seat as you navigate their 5 acre course designed to let you test what these vehicles can do! It’s a fun, fast paced, and exciting adventure for all ages. Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 6pm – April through November.
2252 Sugar Creek Road, Blue Ridge, Ga 706-237-3625
1/3 Mile dirt track located in Blue Ridge, GA. Races run from April 1st to November 4th.
389 West First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706-258-3803
An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. The games are physical versions of “escape the room” video games. There are 8 players per game & the games last about an hour.
Museums & Exhibits
212 Burra Burra Street, Ducktown TN (423) 496-5778 January – March: Tues. – Sat. 9:30-4:00 April-Oct: Mon-Sat. 10:00-4:30 November – December: Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 4 pm. Admission: Adults -$5.00 Seniors-$4.00 Children- Ages 13 to 17 $2.00 Ages 12 and under $1. Located on the former Burra Burra Mine site, The Ducktown Basin Museum is dedicated to the history of mining & the chemical industry the Copper Basin. The first mine in the Copper Basin opened in 1850 & the last closed in 1987. The operations were the largest metal mines in the southeastern US and for many years the region’s largest employer. Your tour will begin with a short 20 film and be followed by a self-guided tour thru a number of exhibits of ores, photos & artifacts explaining everyday life as a copper miner and the environmental consequences of deforestation. On your way out stop by the observation platform, take in the great view, and see what a difference our reforestation efforts over the past 25 years have made!
Rotating exhibits in the Richard Low Evans Gallery. Art supply store & gift shop. Adult & children’s classes. With over 600 artist members, the Art Center Galleries on West Main has become one of the largest art galleries in the North Georgia mountains. The ambience of the beautifully renovated Fannin County Courthouse provides a historic canvas on which to showcase the talent of our mountain artists. The Art Center features two Arts in the Park festivals each year, Memorial Day and the second weekend in October. The Center has two national exhibits. July brings the annual Quilt Exhibit and August a 3D exhibit called Off the Wall.
Mid-week or Weekly Special Events
Thursday Night Bluegrass Jams
Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park McCaysville, GA (423) 496-4653 Enjoy live acoustic music including traditional Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Jazz music every Thursday from 6:00 pm – Dusk during the months of May through September alongside the Toccoa River at Ron Henry-Horseshoe Bend River Park in McCaysville, Georgia. Pickin’ at Horseshoe Bend is a series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local acoustic music. Bring your instruments and participate in these weekly jam sessions along the river… or come listen, grill-out and dance!