This time of year at Mountain Crossings we get a fair amount of drive up traffic from folks vacationing in the local area. As the weather cools and Autumn sets in, this grows with the amount of people coming up to view the changing leaves. If you’re planning a trip to the area, here is a guide of Things To Do as told by the local staff up here at Mountain Crossings. Click on any underlined words in this post to get ore information!
Places Within A Stone’s Throw of The Shop
Helton Creek is a waterfall 2 miles North of Mountain Crossings. After turning off of 129/19 and into a small cabin community, the road becomes dirt and you follow it to a small parking lot. The walk to the falls is very short and the pay off is spectacular! Beware, the road is rough but any car is capable of making it.
Desoto Falls is a three part waterfall and rustic campground (no hook ups for electricity). The falls are broken up in to two parts, the upper and the lower. The hike is only 2.5 round trip if you visit both. The lower falls sports two drops and has a steeper climb, but the upper falls is a moderate walk with a beautiful, tall falls at the end.
Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia and has an observation tower on the top. From the parking lot below you can either hike up the path to the top or take the shuttle. An interpretive display is on top of the mountain and a gift shop sits below at the parking lot. It is an excellent hike for the entire family.
Pappy’s Trading Post is the epitome of family fun. A collective of interesting shops offer something for everyone. Check out the general store for nicknacks or the olde time candy shop for fudge. Visit the gift and craft shops and feed the carp in Nottley River. Just walking around the place is fun!
Sunrise Grocery is an excellent little stop along the winding mountain roads. This little roadside grocery has been a staple in our community since the 1920’s. They offer fresh fruits and veggies seasonally, old time candies and are famous for their boiled peanuts!
Paradise Hills Winery is one of our favorite of many wineries in the area. They offer cabin rentals and spa services but we always go for the wine tours! In the summer time they often times have concert series and other weekly festivities.
Cartecay River Experience in Ellijay, GA offers the best tubing in North Georgia! They are a laidback bunch of folks ready to set you up with an afternoon of sun, fun and relaxation as you float the best tubing river in the area. It’s not too slow, not too fast and promises to satisfy the thrill seeker and the sun tanner alike!
Ocoee Rafting in Ducktown, TN is the best outpost on the wild and wet Ocoee River! The experience of the guides is sure to offer you the trip you are looking for, whether that be a fun yet safe trip down the river or a wild ride you won’t soon forget. The outpost feels like a beautiful mountain cabin with breath taking views of the mountainous surroundings. It is an afternoon to remember!
Blue Ridge Zip Line Canopy Tours is a whole new kind of adventure for most! With over 6000 ft. of lines, you can choose the length of your trip and tailor it to the members of your party, but remember, over coming your fears is a good thing! Fly through the beautiful forest of North Georgia for an afternoon. You can even double book a trip with the rafting company and have the ultimate day of adventure!
North Georgia Water Sports has everything you could possibly need for a great day on Lake Nottley. They offer rentals of boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and more! And don’t forget about their guided fishing tours.
Nearby Towns Worth Visiting
Blairsville is where we call home so we may be a bit biased, but it is an up and coming town for tourism in North Georgia. Some of our favorite neighbors to check out would be Bearding Bottle Shop for all your beer needs, American Catch for the best (and freshest!) seafood you will ever have in the mountains and Meeks Park.
Blue Ridge is a great little mountain town for shopping and dinning. Main street and the depot offer many food options and gift shops of all sorts. You can even take a train ride into the quaint little town of McCaysville/Copper Hill along the Taccoa River.
Helen is one of North Georgia’s more unique little towns. It is fashioned after a Bavarian town and every building in the downtown city center follows the trend. If you are looking for a good German beer, this is your place. They also offer copious shopping and dinning experiences.
Dahlonega is another little mountain town with a great downtown area for dinning and shop. It was the location of the biggest gold boom in North Georgia and has tons of history to meet with its modern day past times.