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Fall in Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Last weekend Kevin and I spent a few days  in the beautiful, quiet mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

I love the town of Blue Ridge. It’s small. It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. And there’s tons of yummy hometown food and fun shopping.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

We try to get there at least every couple of years or so, but I’ve never been in the fall. I knew that was something I wanted to remedy as soon as humanly possible.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Kevin has every other Friday off, so last week when we found ourselves with a free weekend falling on one of his Fridays off, we booked ourselves a last minute cabin rental for the three day weekend. This was the cheerful covered bridge on the dirt road leading to our cabin.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Blue Ridge in the fall absolutely took my breath away.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Saturday morning we took a drive up the mountains on some curvy, narrow, dirt roads.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

The trees were amazing!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

I couldn’t stop snapping photos of all the fiery colors.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Sun roof view.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

If you can believe it, we started out at the base of this mountain and drove through all that fog. It was so foggy down below, we just thought it was going to be an overcast day. But when we reached the top and got above the fog, the sky was completely clear and sunny!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Here’s what it looked like by that afternoon — all the fog had totally burned off.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Saturday afternoon we drove down to Amicalola Falls State Park.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

I loved this reflection pool at the base of the falls!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

We saw a paved path to the top of the falls, and it looked like an easy walk, so we decided to take it.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Little did we know, it was straight up!!

(By the way, I am in love with this rainbow tree here!)

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

And at the end of the straight up path, there were steps. Six hundred of them.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

And of course, when we got there, we realized…. we could’ve driven there. Doh.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

But the view from the top was absolutely worth it.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Normally I use my lens hood to avoid flare like this. But sometimes I think it’s kinda cool.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

I think I’ve discovered that a slow shutter speed creates that cool starburst effect in lights. Notice the difference between this starburst and the one above, then click on the photos to see their shutter speeds. The slower the speed, the bigger the burst!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

After hiking back down the mountain, and back down those 600 steps to our car, we drove a little further up to watch the sunset over the mountains.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

The next day we headed to one of my favorite trails, the Jacks River Falls trail. It’s a 4.5 mile easy one-way hike to the falls on an old railroad bed. Four miles might seem a little long, but it’s an absolutely gorgeous hike. Totally worth seeing. Here’s a map of our hike. Kind of cool to see our route, pace, and elevation.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

I love our colorful, dreamy, leaf-lined path.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

And the canopy of color all around us.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Here’s what was waiting for us at the end of the hike.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Jacks River Falls has an upper falls and a lower falls. Here’s the upper falls.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

You can walk right up to it, and in warmer weather wade right up to the falls.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Here’s the lower falls. You can climb all over the rocks and get as close to the falls as you dare.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

So pretty.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Evidently we had some pretty tired pups at this point!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

How pitiful are these two?? Not even a bed to sleep on.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Nevertheless, they sought respite where ever they could find it.

They also got some peanut butter to restore their energy for the hike back. Remember what Miley and Howie got for Christmas?

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

Ready for the hike back!

 Thanks for joining us! Hope you enjoyed this little peek into Blue Ridge!

Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall Weekend Getaway. Hiking, Cabins & Waterfalls.

 

Want to visit Blue Ridge?

Here are some of our favorite spots.

Eat

Blue Ridge Brewery
Fabulous food here! Make reservations early in the day for dinner.

Cucina Rustica
Italian. Very romantic. I can’t say enough good things about how incredible our dinner was here. Make reservations.

Harvest on Main
Rustic lodge setting. Totally worth checking out. We ate here last year when we were in Blue Ridge. Make reservations for dinner.

L&L Beanery
Fun little coffee shoppe and bakery with an attached restaurant. Check this place out for breakfast & brunch!

Mercier Apple Orchards
Whatever you do, do not leave Blue Ridge without trying a fried pie from Mercier! My favorite is the banana. They also serve breakfast & lunch here. I so wanted to try their apple bread french toast.

The Sweet Shoppe
Cupcakes! Need I say more? My review on these cupcakes is coming on Thursday! You’ll be surprised at which one was my favorite. I was.

The Chocolate Express
Fresh fudge, chocolates, and caramel apples. Yum!

 

Shop

Posh on Main
One of the cutest boutiques I’ve ever seen. Here’s my review on Posh from our visit to Blue Ridge last year. This place is so cute, and always a must-stop for us. Tell Matt & Millie we said hello!

Threads of Blue Ridge
Fun little boutique! I almost walked away with some faux-furry winter boots here.

Mercier Apple Orchards
Plan to spend some time shopping at Merciers too! This is such a fun place. I always stock up on their strawberry butter.

 

Stay

My Mountain Cabin Rentals
Rustic, tucked away cabins with all the amenities, including WiFi and satellite TV.

 

Hike

Amicalola Falls
Just remember, you can drive to the top of the mountain. ;)

Jacks River Falls
Jacks River Falls is located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Jacks River. It is about an hour and a half, to two hours from Blue Ridge. To reach the falls: From the intersection of US 411 and Old Hwy 2 in Cisco, GA, head east on Old Hwy 2. Continue on this road (pavement ends about 1.8 miles) for 10 miles to FS 62 on the right at Big Frog Loop Road sign. Turn right on FS62 and continue 4.4 miles to Jacks River Trailhead. The parking area is on the left. The trail to the falls is 4.5 miles of moderately easy walking on an old railroad bed. After 3.5 miles, cross the stream and continue on the trail for another 0.5 mile until you reach the river. Follow the river downstream another 0.5 mile to the falls. Keep following the trail just a bit and there is a steep path to the base of the lower falls.
Google Map to parking area.