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McCaysville in Fannin County Georgia
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McCaysville Georgia

At the northern end of Fannin County bordering the state line of Georgia and Tennessee is the historic mountain town of McCaysville founded in 1904 and the second largest town in Fannin County with approximately 1,000 residents. Though today's McCaysville is a tourist destination, McCaysville was once considered only a railroad-mining town along with its neighboring border town of Copperhill Tennessee. These two neighboring towns straddle the state line of Georgia and Tennessee. Though separate towns themselves, together they form one community with two independent histories. So evident is this unique conjunction that a line has been painted down the middle of the intersection, dividing the two towns so visitors can stand with one foot in each state at the same time. Copperhill is the older of the two communities being founded after copper was discovered in the region in 1843. To learn more about the Copper Basin and the affects it had on the region you can visit the Historic Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown Tennessee just up the road from McCaysville.

Even though the mines have come and gone leaving an environmental disaster in their wake, both the local landscape and these two towns have re-emerged from the ashes finding their own unique identity. With the popularity and close proximity of the Ocoee River Gorge's white water rafting and kayaking combined with the coming of the scenic railroad from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, a new life of tourism has blossomed in this region. The historic downtown districts of these two towns have come alive with unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes' along with local cabin rentals becoming increasingly popular. This new life is drawing visitors and local residents by road and rail to McCaysville to partake in a sample of its historic past alongside its more recent renovations and developments.

One of the more interesting sites in this border town is where two mountain rivers converge at the state line. At this site the Toccoa River flowing northward through the county meets at the base of the bridge along the state line of Georgia and Tennessee to become the renowned Ocoee River. These two rivers, born of the same headwaters in the southern mountains of Fannin County are actually one and the same river with two separate names. Both river names are of Cherokee ancestry.

Along the outskirts of McCaysville are two river front parks, the McCaysville City Park and the Horseshoe Bend Park.

Horseshoe Bend Park on the edge of McCaysville, offers a beautiful setting along the banks of the Toccoa River. This park has more of a rural setting with numerous picnic tables; barbecue pits and pavilions plus a playground making the park ideal for peaceful picnics while the kids see if they can wear out the playground. This park is a wonderful place for reunions and group gatherings and a great spot to access the river for anglers that can't wait to get their waders wet. "Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park" is another wonderful family outing, May thru September on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to dark, with artists coming in from NC, TN and GA.  The event is sponsored by Fannin County Parks and Recreation and is free to the public.

Other local McCaysville events and festivals include the Miners Homecoming, July 4th Fireworks and the Old Fashioned Mountain Christmas. It's all about the good times and friendly people that make up the heart of McCaysville. Check out the Highlander's event calendar for more information on these events.

 

 

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Georgia's Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Georgia
Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia's Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge is located on the North Carolina – Tennessee line, only 1.5 hours north of Atlanta via I-575, within easy reach of the best attractions in the mountains of north Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

Enjoy a spectacular mountain view from the porch of a cozy mountain cabin or luxury vacation home. Renew your spirit on a day hiking to nearby waterfalls or horseback riding on forested trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Looking for quiet romance or peace of mind? Try spending the day watching the sun glimmer across the aqua blue waters of Lake Blue Ridge or crystal clear Toccoa River.

152 Orvin Lance Dr • Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • 706.632.5680 • www.BlueRidgeMountains.com

Excursion Trains in the Mountains

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
All aboard for a trip that will spark kids' imaginations, adults' memories, and leave everyone smiling! It all starts at the historic 100+ year-old depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia and heads north from there.  As the train winds through the mountains alongside the beautiful Toccoa River, car hosts will share the history of the railroad and sights along the way.

The ticket office is in the depot tucked in the charming mountain village of Blue Ridge, Georgia, within the lush Chattahoochee National Forest, only 95 miles north of Atlanta.

RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

info@brscenic.com  •  877-413-8724 or 706.632.8724
241 Depot Street  • Blue Ridge, GA 30513  •  Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Cabin Rentals & Lodging in Fannin County Georgia

Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals, Managing Privately Owned Cabins

Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge Georgia
Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals offers many vacation rental cabins which allow you to experience a little piece of heaven every time you visit. Our private luxury cabins provide a getaway retreat for couples, families and friends who love nature and the outdoors. Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals manages these privately owned luxury cabin rentals, all of which are located within minutes of Blue Ridge, Georgia and the beautiful Ocoee River and Toccoa River.

224 Blue Ridge Dr  • McCaysville, GA  •  877.628.3353  •  www.CuddleUpCabinRentals.com

Blue Ridge Highlander's Gallery

Highlander Fine Arts, Authentic Mountain Photography and Fine Crafts

The Highlander Gallery
When you are visiting the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains, a stop by the Highlander Gallery is well worth your time. The Highlander Gallery represents some of the finest artists in the mountains.  With a large assortment of Fine Art Photography and Fine Crafts as well.

Here are a sampling of the artists you will find....Anthony Abreu • John Mac Kah • Ruthanne Kah • Michael Bedoian • Keith Moore • Juanita Greenspan • Robert Levin • Tonya Fowler • Jason Fowler • Jo Kilmer • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Bob Crisp • Thomas Payne • Sarah Long Dauchez • January Tiberius • Frances McCord • Rita Poole • Clive Poole • Richard Cranford

Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
10079 Old Highway 64  •  Brasstown, NC  • 828.835.9982  • www.HighlanderGallery.com

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Blue Ridge Georgia Apple Orchard

Mercier Orchard • Farm • Family • Fun

B J Reece's Apple House
Mercier Orchards is a family owned and operated apple orchard. Started back in 1943, Mercier Orchards offers it's visitors a fun filled experience! From seasonal U-PICKS and tractor rides to our world famous bakery, Market Cafe and winery!

Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mercier Orchard  •  8660 Blue Ridge Drive or
Mercier Downtown  •  260 W. Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA  30513
customer.service@mercierorchards.com   •  www.MercierOrchards.com  •  800.361.7731

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Horseback Riding in the Mountains

Horseback Riding Near the Ocoee River

Whitewater Express Adventure
Sit tall in the saddle for a leisure ride through the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Professional outfitter with over 35 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

Call today to start your adventure...828-835-3275  •  GreatMtnAdventures.com

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Real Estate & Property Management in Fannin County Georgia

Country Corners Realty in the North Georgia Mountains & Ocoee Gorge

Country Corners Real Estate in the North Georgia Mountains
We are happy to help you with all of your real estate needs.  We offer mountain log cabins, view property, river and creek property, lake front homes and property and large tracts of North Georgia Mountain Property.   The Blue Ridge Mountains are fast becoming one of the most desired second home markets anywhere in the US. The North Georgia Area provides the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Toccoa and Ocoee Rivers, and Lake Blue Ridge.  Check out our Featured Listings....

224 Blue Ridge Drive, McCaysville, GA  • 706-964-6470  •  RealEstate-NorthGeorgia.com


Tim Noland, Realtor® - Buyer's Agent • North Georgia & Western North Carolina

Tim Noland, Realtor - Buyer's Agent
When looking to buy mountain property, you need someone that not only understands the mountains, you need someone that specifically represents you, the buyer. When you choose to work with a Buyer's Agent you are assured that you have an agent that is truly looking for your best interests, someone that will not only find what you are looking for, but someone that will negotiate the best price possible.

10950 Old Highway 64 • Brasstown, NC 28902  •  828.557.1009  •  GreatMtnRealEstate.com


Bill Banzhaf, Associate Broker  •  North Georgia, Western North Carolina & Tennessee

Bill Banzhaf, Associate Broker
As an agent who's an expert in homes for sale in North Georgia, North Carolina & Tennessee, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in this gorgeous part of the south. Buying a new home or a new piece of land is not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information.

Whether you're looking to purchase a year-round, luxury-style log home, buy a part-time residence for use during your getaway vacation, or prefer to use your property as a vacation rental, I am eager to serve you. Check out my Featured Listings...

11 Overview Drive, Suite 102  •  Blue Ridge, GA 30513  •  Mobile  706-851-5865
Office  706-946-1520  •  HomesinBlueRidge.com

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