With opportunities for incredible sightseeing, tons of recreational activities, and a mild climate throughout the year, the North Georgia Mountains are ideal for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adventure junkie or prefer relaxing in the great indoors, there are endless amounts of attractions in North Georgia that will fit the bill. From family-friendly farms to romantic wineries and tasting rooms, our area truly has something for everyone – you just have to get out there! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore North Georgia.
The Top Tourist Attractions in North Georgia
- Georgia Wine Highway: Home to 23 world-class vineyards and wineries, the Georgia Wine Highway is a vino-lovers paradise. Guests can enjoy attending a variety of annual events including wine hikes, vineyard tours, tasting weekends, festivals, and more – all with a glass in hand!
- Tallulah Gorge State Park: From hiking and biking to archery and boating, nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will adore an afternoon in this State Park. This expansive 2,689 acre stretch of land is located on the Appalachian Trail in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains.
- Downtown Clarkesville: If you need some retail therapy, head to downtown Clarkesville and visit the many boutiques, shops, and antique stores that line the streets. When you get hungry, stop into an award-winning restaurant or a casual cafe for a bite to eat. Century-old historic buildings and blooming flowers provide a perfect backdrop for an afternoon downtown.
- Minnehaha Falls: One of the most beautiful sites to see in North Georgia, Minnehaha Falls features a breathtaking 60-foot waterfall and is just a short 0.6-mile hike from the parking lot. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Jaemor Farms: You won’t want to buy produce from the grocery store again after a trip to this farm! Jaemor uses their own locally-grown produce to make delicious fresh bread, jams and jellies, pickles, BBQ sauces, and more that are all available for purchase in their country store.
- North Georgia Zoo & Farm: With over 80 species of wildlife including primates, large livestock, exotic cats, wolves and canines, and petting zoo animals, visitors of all ages can get hands-on with their favorite furry friends at this zoo in Cleveland, GA.
- Hamilton Gardens: In the warm spring months, Hamilton’s explodes with color as native wildflowers, azaleas, trillium, and rhododendron bloom. Guests can stroll through the gardens and experience over 3,000 plants, stunning views of Lake Chatuge, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.
- The Appalachian Trail: Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking for an excursion or just want to take a leisurely stroll through the wilderness, a trek through the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail is a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors.
- The Gourd Place Museum: This fascinating and unique museum in Helen, GA, features over 200 gourds from 23 different countries. Guests can enjoy perusing the museum, retail shop, and beautiful grounds, and can admire incredible gourd art completely free of charge.
- Canopy Tours: The thrilling zip line tours at Sunburst Stables take guests on a two-mile zoom through leafy trees, over a sawmill, through a goldmine cave, and over ponds and pastures, complete with awesome views of the surrounding scenery.
Make Glen-Ella Springs Your Home in North Georgia
No matter where the day takes you, you’re guaranteed a fun, relaxing, and memorable vacation when you visit the North Georgia Mountains. After an exciting afternoon, head back to our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites, then enjoy a scrumptious farm-to-table meal at our onsite restaurant. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready for even more adventures tomorrow!
For more information on the best places to go in Georgia, download our free North Georgia vacation guide!