Spring is in the air at Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals

Let’s play a word association game. Mountains.

Now, if you’re like me when you think mountains, the first word that comes to mind is winter. Mountains equal high elevation which means snow. Thus, the first thing I think of when I think mountains is winter. Of course, all four seasons come to the Blue Ridge Mountains like any other region not in the tropics (they have a dry season and wet season if you’re curious), but I always associate mountains with winter, despite that simple fact. When I think of mountains, I never think about what I could do in the spring. So, what can you do up here in the spring?

Ironically, I’ve come to the conclusion that nearly every activity that I do in the mountains I do in spring. These include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and rafting and tubing to name just a few.

Let’s start with hiking. I personally prefer to hike in the spring or fall. I’m a person that doesn’t like the cold. Just last week as you can tell from our Facebook page, it snowed a lot up here. It was beautiful, but I doubt many were out hiking in that weather. If you wait until summer to hike, then it gets far too hot for you to comfortably hike in Georgia.

We have two very famous hiking trials locally. There’s the Appalachian Trail, stretching 2,000 miles all the way up to Maine from its starting point at SpringerMountain. Also, starting at SpringerMountain is the Benton MacKaye Trail that ends at Big Creek in the Great Smoky MountainsNational   Park. Other than the two famous ones, there are over 300 miles of hiking in the area, including ones for beginners.

Many of those trails are also used for horseback riding. From personal experience, I can tell you that nothing beats riding up into the mountains just to get away from busy-ness. We’ve plenty of trails to choose from. There are also several riding stables that specialize in family trail rides for kids of almost ages.

Want to fish? Choose from 100 miles of rivers, creeks, and streams. Just to name a few: Jack’s River, ConasaugaRiver, ToccoaRiver, Rock Creek, Noontootla Creek and CooperCreek. Be sure to consult the Georgia Guide to Trout Fishing for all the info you might need.

Finally, there’s rafting and tubing. If you want to float down the Toccoa, put in above the LakeBlue Ridge dam or below McCaysville—but the best is rafting the Ocoee. There’s nothing like paddling hard as your guide navigates through the rapids.

Blue Ridge, GA Fire and Ice Festival

The Fourth Annual Fire and Ice in Blue Ridge

On February 15, Blue Ridge hosts its fourth annual Fire and Ice event featuring music, a chili cook-off and live ice carvings. The event is in downtown Blue Ridge from noon to 6 pm.

The highlight of the event is the chili tasting. On the official Fire and Ice Facebook page, it was reported that 13 people have already signed for the contest but that was a couple days ago. You can taste the chili any time from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Other attractions include entertainment by Laura Monk and High Cotton. This link contains just one original song of theirs. “Appalachia Goodbye” tells the story of tradition, hard work, perseverance, faith and beauty so evident in the mountains of Appalachia. The video was filmed in North Georgia. Here’s the link. The band focuses on Southern roots music and strives to create “a song that’s uniquely original and as familiar as Sunday,” according to her Facebook page. Their music is drawn from all five members with experiences in folk, jazz, Celtic, Southern rock, and country. They play from 12 to 2.

Following that is the music performance of the local band Neighborhood Watch from 2 to 4. This trio was formed in the summer of 2009. Though, they list their genre was Blues Rock, the claim to blend genres. They use both acoustic and electric instruments.

Then the Buckner Brothers Band gives another live performance from 4 to 6. They are also a five member band. Their members include a lead guitarist, a bass guitarist, drummer, a percussionist, and a sax player. They have several songs uploaded onto YouTube. Click for an example. They are a blues and Southern rock band from Chatworth, Ga.

Finally, experience ice carvings live! Watch as professional carve true works of art out of ice before your very eyes. In previous years, the carvers have chiseled the kids’ names into their sculptures. Here’s a link to an image, and here’s another.

You can attend the event for free but chili tasting tickets cost five dollars. Just drive roughly 90 minutes up to North Georgia on Saturday, February 15. Blue Ridge is situated right off interstate 575. The event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association.