Interesting Things To Do In North Georgia

Ranging from the northern metropolitan Atlanta suburbs and bordering the neighboring states of Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The region commonly referred to as North Georgia is a largely hilly, mountainous area that was once the unofficial capital of the Native-American Cherokee nation. During the American Civil War (1861-65), North Georgia was the site of several notable battles between Union and Confederate troops, most notably the Battle of Chickamauga.

North Georgia’s geographical features are dominated by the Southern Appalachian/Blue Ridge Mountain range, and major waterways such as the Chattahoochee, the Chattooga and the Little Rivers and their tributaries. Largely rural, North Georgians have long recognized the plentiful natural resources their region has to offer, and although fiercely protective of these treasures, they’ve also learned the economic benefits of tourism.

Interesting Things to do in North Georgia
Walker County, in Georgia’s extreme northwestern corner, is home to one of the state’s most-visited Civil War battlefields, Chickamauga. The oldest Civil War park in the U.S., Chickamauga is notable for being the site of the Confederacy’s last major victory (September 18-20, 1863). The Visitors Center features an extensive exhibit section that is both educational and entertaining, with guided tours providing a comprehensive overview of the second-deadliest battle (nearly 35,000 casualties) of the War Between the States.

For a unique adventure through some of the most breathtaking scenery that North Georgia has to offer, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway gives regular four-hour round trip tours through the Chattahoochee National Forest as it winds along the Toccoa River, giving passengers an old-time experience on a restored vintage train that won’t soon be forgotten.

Located near Cartersville in Bartow County, the Etowah Indian Mounds are a historic archaeological site featuring a remarkably intact Native American village. It’s estimated to be over 1,000 years old and determined to be the ancestral center for the Creek Indian nation. The site contains 140 identified separate buildings or earthen mounds.

Another area attraction is the Booth Western Art Museum, a massive 120,000 square feet collection of Western-themed contemporary art. This includes illustrations, portraits, vintage movie posters, Presidential Correspondence, stagecoaches, Civil War memorabilia and fun-for-the-entire-family interactive exhibits. Georgia’s second-largest art museum, the Booth Western is a prestigious Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

Even though Georgia is known as the ‘Peach State,’ another fruit, the apple, is celebrated for two weekends every fall in Ellijay during the annual Georgia Apple Festival. Along with arts and craft exhibits, musical entertainment, an antique car show and parade, every apple-based food imaginable is available from among the hundreds of vendors who set up at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.

A unique place to stay while you’re in the area is Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars. The bed and breakfast has its own wine tasting room and beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Whether you’re an admirer of art and/or history, a vintage railroad fan, an apple aficionado or just appreciate the great outdoors, North Georgia’s unique attractions will never disappoint.

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