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Hiking in Blue Ridge

Hiking & Local Waterfalls
Blue Ridge Georgia has Great Hiking & Local Waterfalls...Hike the Appalachian & Benton MacKaye trails and visit one of our local waterfalls!

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park

Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park

This festival features 100's of artists and craftsmen. Hailed as a Southern Tradition, visitors to our mountain home number 15,000+.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Photo Gallery

Highlander Gallery Photos

Select from a large selection of beautiful Gallery Quality Giclee Prints of the Highlander's favorite photos.

Blairsville •  Suches GA
Union County

Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

Go to Blairsville - Union County's Web Site

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John Mac Kah at the Highlander Gallery
John Mac Kah at Highlander Gallery
Black Smith Barn at John C. Campbell Folk School
one of the new paintings coming to the Highlander Gallery
Come Enjoy the New Works for John Mac Kah

10% of all sales on the John C. Campbell Folk School paintings
will be donated to John C. Campbell Folk School.

John Mac Kah, will be displaying his paintings of the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and John C. Campbell Folk School. John is a teacher at the Folk School, and loves the simple and natural environment. That simple beauty has inspired John to create many beautiful paintings throughout the campus. Come to the Highlander Gallery meet John and enjoy his wonderful art.


Earth Day in the Mountains
Today is Earth Day in the Mountains

The philosophy that is behind "Earth Day", should be the philosophy we live each and every day.  I remember when this nation celebrated the first Earth Day; it was back in the peace, love and hippy days of my youth. That day a great unified and organized call went out to stop polluting our environment....Earth Day and Green/Eco Friendly Living...read on...

Earth Day is being celebrated throughout the mountains...visit your favorite place and enjoy....

Rafting in the Mountains
Book a Rafting Trip down the Ocoee or Nantahala Rivers

To book a rating trip or raft and zip and be there on opening day, call today for our specials, 828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com


More and more events are being added to the Event Calendar, so now is the time to plan your trip to the mountains.  Use our "Request Information Form" to get valuable information to help you plan your trip or relocation to the mountains.

Next newsletter we will be unveiling phase one of our new backpack program, make sure you check it out, it is a great new concept to add value to hour trips to the mountains.

Earth Week in the Mountains...
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Earth Day
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
April 25th  •  11 am to 3 pm

Free admission to the Chimney Rock Village RiverWalk (behind the Old Rock Café)

Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café. Kids have the chance to earn a Grady's Kids Club annual pass to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Bring the whole family!

Click link for more Earth Day at Chimney Rock info and a map...

Blairsville Kiwanis Fair
Hiawassee Georgia
Rhododendron Festival
Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds' Hamilton Gardens
April - May  ~  9:00 - 3:00

These gardens along the wooded shoreline in a upper east corner of the fairgrounds contains one of the largest collections of hybrid Rhododendrons in the State of Georgia, blooming from early April to late May.

The gardens are open with a minimal entrance fee during the blooming season and guided walking tours and shuttle tours are also available by appointment for a Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Campground slightly higher fee.

There is also a donation box available during the non-blooming days accepting donations for maintenance expenses by the local Lions Club that cherishes and preserves the garden for the public. The Garden is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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May 1st...Save the Date...
Next Week in the Mountains...
Murphy Art Walk
Murphy North Carolina
Murphy Art Walk
May 1st 2015 ~ 5pm to 8pm

Join us in Historic Downtown Murphy for a night of fun and creativity. Valley River Arts Guild organized all the local merchants to stay open late on the first Friday of each month, May through October to welcome guests from all over.

Artists are scattered throughout downtown Murphy, demonstrating their skills, plenty of music, wine and other fun activities. A great Friday evening in the Spring.

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Highlander Gallery at the May 1st Art Walk
Murphy North Carolina
Highlander Gallery at the Murphy Art Walk
Mike LaLone, Sena King & Linda Thompson
May 1st 2015 ~ 5pm to 8pm

Join us in Historic Downtown Murphy for a night of fun and creativity. Local merchants are open late on the first Friday of each month, May through October to welcome guests from all over. You will find artists demonstrating their skills throughout the downtown, plenty of music, wine and other fun activities.

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The Murphy Chophouse
Murphy, North Carolina
Murphy Chophouse - Music on the Patio
Phillip Brooks - Friday
Troy Underwood - Saturday

Friday & Saturday, May 1st & 2nd - 6 pm

Join us on the Deck for Music and a Good Time with Friends

Click for events at Murphy's Chophouse, Music line up and a map...

Living History Days at Foxfire Museum

Foxfire Hosts Living History Days
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

See the days of pioneer Appalachia brought to life by local families as the Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center hosts a day of living history, with adults and children dressed in 1800s period costumes, showcasing almost every facet of life in these mountains 200 years ago.

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For those of you planning a trip, the Highlander has a new "Request Brochures and Information" form, feel free to use it to ask for information for your next trip or move to the mountains, click here to send make your requests...

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