Swing-a-Long Bridge at Rock City Gardens. Photo by @alannakouri
Photo by @alannakouri

Get an amazing view of the Chattahoochee Valley on the 180-foot-long Swing-a-Long Bridge at Rock City Gardens. Photo by @alannakouri

8 North Georgia Adventures for Your Bucket List

From crossing a suspension bridge to snorkeling in a mountain river, you'll love checking these trips off your list.

There is no shortage of adventure in the North Georgia mountains. You'll find lots of places to go camping, hiking or mountain biking. In the warmer months, a dip in a cool North Georgia lake is a welcome respite, but what about some of the lesser-known gems in the area? We're spilling the beans on eight of our favorites.

Due to COVID-19, some events might be canceled or postponed, and some destinations might have changed their visitation information. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans. For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.

Tallulah Gorge bridge. Photo by Adrian Thomas, @thegreatkingace

Dare to cross a suspension bridge

Tallulah Gorge bridge photo by Adrian Thomas, @thegreatkingace

Choose from three daring options:

The swinging bridge near Blue Ridge is more than safe and connects a wonderful hiking path on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Come early for one of the first-come, first-served camping spots along the river. Bring your kayak or canoe and slip it in the water for a fun paddle.

Engelheim Vineyards in Ellijay, Georgia

Create your own wine tour

Photo: Engelheim Vineyards in Ellijay, Georgia

More than 20 wineries stretch across North Georgia, including six wineries in Ellijay alone. Each vineyard has its own special character, and many offer live music, tastings and other entertainment. Want someone else to do the driving? Hop aboard a mini-coach with VIP Southern Tours for a full day of wine tasting and tours.

drive-in movie

Catch a movie at one of Georgia's last drive-in theaters

Take an adventure on the silver screen at the Swan Drive In Theatre, one of only five drive-ins left in the state of Georgia. Relax under the stars while you watch a first-run flick on the big screen. The Drive In is located off Old Highway 76 in Blue Ridge.

Trout fishing in Georgia

Fly fish in the Trout Capital of Georgia

Did you know that Blue Ridge, Georgia, is the Trout Capital of Georgia? Yup, it is, so find yourself a spot on the Toccoa River and wait for the big one. If you don't have gear, or are new to the sport of fishing, there are a number of outfitters, such as Fly Fish Blue Ridge, On the Fly Excursions, and Wild Waters Fly Fishing Co. And if you are just learning, may we suggest Spring Creek Anglers Fly Fishing School. For those with kids, be sure to read our article on taking kids fishing.

snorkeling in the Conasauga River in Cisco, Georgia

Snorkel in a mountain river

The Conasauga River is home to more than 70 different species of fish. In fact, it's the most biodiverse river basin in the world, and it's located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest near the small North Georgia town of Cisco. Bring your snorkel gear and plenty of snacks for an adventurous afternoon exploring this hidden spot.

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery

Meet a moonshiner

Toccoa has trout, but in Dawsonville they're known for moonshine. Once a way for poor farmers to make a little extra cash, it turned into an illegal activity when the farmers refused to pay taxes on their 'shine. That led to high-speed chases through the mountains and the sport of NASCAR. You can learn more about it at the Dawsonville Distillery and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame both located at Dawsonville's City Hall. Or, get a taste of driving the mountain roads during the Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruise-In in Hiawassee in July.

Old Car City in White, Georgia

Explore a car graveyard

If you love cars, than you definitely don't want to miss Old Car City located in White, Georgia. This automobile graveyard is part junkyard, part museum and all kinds of fun. There are about six miles of trails throughout the 34+ acre compound and more than 4,000 cars! Hubcaps in the wind create a symphony soundtrack to the stories of these beautiful, now silent machines.

Expedition: Bigfoot in Cherry Log, Georgia

Find out why people think Bigfoot is real

Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, whatever you want to call him, his spirit is alive and well right off Ga. 515 near Blue Ridge. Expedition: Bigfoot is an offbeat and well-done museum that explores the legend of the hairy beast, including a full-size replica and a re-created Bigfoot attack. If you don’t leave a believer, you can at least leave with a t-shirt. In addition to the museum store, they also have a gift shop in downtown Blue Ridge. While downtown, stop in at Chester Brunnenmeyer's for a Wookie. I hear it puts hair on your chest.

Published: February 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman