5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Summer in North Georgia

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Summer in North Georgia

If you’re thinking of moving to North Georgia, you should know that summer is one of the most beautiful times of the year in this area. With temperatures topping out in the low 80’s in June and the high 80’s through July and August, it’s still cool enough to enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best activities that North Georgia summers have to offer, from fishing to festivals and more. Read all about them below.

1. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling at Mercier Orchards

Georgia is famous for its peaches, and summer is prime time for the fuzzy fruit. You can pick your own at one of the many peach orchards in North Georgia, including Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge and B.J. Reece Orchards and R & A Orchards in Ellijay. If picking your own isn’t your thing, you can find fresh peaches all summer long at roadside stands and farmer’s markets. Use them to make a perfectly gooey cobbler, or stir them up into a delicious summer cocktail.

Peach season typically runs from early May through late August.

2. Go Chasing Waterfalls in Blue Ridge

The North Georgia Mountains have one of the highest rainfall rates in the United States, behind Oregon and Washington. This means the hundreds of waterfalls in the area still flow beautifully well into the summer months.

There are dozens of waterfalls all within a short drive from Blue Ridge, Ellijay, and Blairsville. And many of them, like Minnehaha Falls and Fall Branch Falls, are accessible by just a short hike. Check out our list of spectacular waterfalls to visit in the North Georgia Mountains.

north georgia waterfall

3. Visit a North Georgia Festival

North Georgia summers mean festivals and art shows, especially throughout June and July. In June you can check out the Art-tique Vintage Market in Braselton and the annual Mountain Fling in Blairsville.

The July 4th Weekend brings a slew of patriotic events, from a boat parade on Lake Nottely to a beautiful fireworks display in Blairsville. Later in July you can take in the art and crafts at the Painted Fern Festival of Art in Clayton or the annual Butternut Creek Festival in Blairsville.

If art isn’t your thing, don’t miss the annual Garlic Festival in Clayton the last weekend of July. This unique celebration features a garlic tasting and a garlic pie contest, to name just a few features.

You can find more festivals and fairs in North Georgia here.

4. Have a Toccoa River Adventure

One of the best ways to enjoy the many rivers and streams in North Georgia is to go river tubing. Tubing is a safer option for families with children who are too young for whitewater rafting, and many tubing companies in the area supply their own tubes and life vests. Shallowford Bridge Tubing in Blue Ridge offers a lazy float down the Toccoa River, or you can explore the Coosawattee River with Coosawattee River Tubing Company in Ellijay.

north georgia river tubing

5. Go Fishing on Nottely Lake

For those who want to be near the water but not in it, summer is the time to venture into North Georgia’s abundant fishing grounds. You can find plenty of bass and trout in Nottely Lake, near Blairsville, or Lake Chatuge, near Hiawassee. If you prefer the current of a river or stream, you can sink a line the Toccoa River or Persimmon Creek to name just a few.

You can read more about the top North Georgia fishing spots here, or find even more fishing in the North Georgia Mountains here.

A North Georgia Summer Activity for Everyone

These activities only scratch the surface of the ways you can enjoy your summer in North Georgia. Whether you indulge in the state fruit or opt for a lazy float down one of our many rivers, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. If you’d like to see what beautiful homes are within driving distance of these activities, browse our listings of North Georgia homes.