Fall Activities in Blue Ridge

With plenty of hiking, fishing, tubing, boating, swimming, and so much more, you already know how much fun Blue Ridge is in the summer! What you may not know is that Blue Ridge is just as exciting and packed with activities throughout the fall. Whether visiting Blue Ridge on a romantic couples’ retreat or a fun-packed family getaway, you can be sure that there is plenty to do in this quaint yet buzzing town all autumn long!

Apple Picking

The North Georgia Mountains are home to Mercier Orchards, the largest orchard in the south. Spend an afternoon picking your own apples off the trees, sipping fresh apple cider, and enjoying homemade baked goods like apple pies right out of the oven! Depending on which fruits are in season during your visit, you may get to pick your own strawberries or blueberries or spend some time selecting the perfect pumpkin in the patch. Mercier Orchards also offers a farm-to-table cafe loaded with fresh produce and delicious baked goods, as well as tastings of their own hard cider. Nothing says fall quite like an afternoon outdoors enjoying seasonal fruit, warm bakery items, and a cup full of apple cider!


It wouldn’t be a trip to Blue Ridge without a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! This historic four-hour round-trip train ride takes you through the Blue Ridge countryside all the way across state borders to Copperhill, Tennessee. Take advantage of all that the sister towns of McCaysville and Copperhill have to offer during your two-hour layover meant for exploring and enjoying delicious restaurants. There is no better time to enjoy this classic trip than the fall, where the countryside’s striking fall foliage is visible throughout the whole journey!

Vineyards and Breweries

Nothing says fall quite like enjoying a crisp afternoon soaking up the sun with a drink in-hand. Blue Ridge has plenty of charming vineyards and unique breweries in beautiful settings that will satisfy your craving for a relaxing and leisurely outdoor fall activity. A local favorite, Bear Claw Vineyards is known for its breathtaking mountain views and the Blue Ridge Treehouse, where you can gaze upon the beauty of Blue Ridge from up above. Enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike, Serenberry Vineyards is a charming and intimate vineyard where you can spend the afternoon sampling a variety of wines and strolling through the vines. Another local favorite,
Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a great place to sip delicious beer on the outdoor patio and enjoy live music by local artists!

Waterfall Hikes

The crisp air and sunny afternoons of autumn — combined with some of the best trails in the North Georgia Mountains — call for a day of hiking! There is nothing quite like the spectacular mountain views combined with brilliant fall foliage that the Blue Ridge Mountains offer in the fall. Plus, many local trails including Three Forks Trail and Benton McKaye Trail offer the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some dazzling waterfalls! Not to mention the fact that the iconic Appalachian Trail begins right here in Fannin County at the top of Springer Mountain and spans over 2,000 miles all the way to Maine. Enjoy the many picturesque views that Blue Ridge offers on a fall hike!

Visit the Shops, Galleries, and Restaurants of Downtown

Blue Ridge has a surprisingly vibrant arts scene and Downtown Blue Ridge is scattered with several local art galleries and artisan shops offering hand-made jewelry and decor. Plus, it wouldn’t be a vacation without sampling as much local food as possible! Downtown Blue Ridge offers a wide variety of local restaurants serving delicious dishes including a variety of small plates from bin322 Wine and Tapas Bar, Italian gourmet sandwiches from Angelina’s Gourmet Market & Delicatessen, and local steaks and fresh seafood from Blue Ridge’s finest, The Black Sheep Restaurant and Bar (just to name a few).

Spend Some Time Unwinding at Your Luxury Cabin

After a day filled with hiking, sipping local wines, and strolling through downtown, put your feet up for the evening at Nevaeh Cabins! The perfect spot to spend a relaxing fall evening, Nevaeh Cabins offers luxurious amenities including hot tubs for soaking, fire pits for roasting s’mores, grills for cooking up some of the last burgers of the season, and wrap-around decks to take in the beauty of the gorgeous mountain sunsets. For a change of scenery and chance to experience the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in autumn, book your fall retreat today!

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