November 8, 2011

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.



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133 Comments





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Nancy Smith November 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

I’m so jealous! Those are amazing pictures. I would love to visit somewhere that is that beautiful during the fall!! Thank you for sharing!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This looks like the most beautiful place, ever! Seriously, California’s got nothing on that! WOW!

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Kathleen November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Stunning photos of an absolutely stunning location. I want to go there!!

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Jessica November 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

WOW. Absolutely stunning photos. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Jenni November 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Beautiful Amanda! The trees look like that here too in NC. Fall is my favorite season. Glad ya’ll had a good time. {Hugs & Joy}, Jenni :)

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Pam November 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Amazing.

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Jenn November 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Oh my goodness, your photos are stunning! I DO want to visit Blue Ridge now!! :)

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Jaime November 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Amanda, these photos are simply breathtaking! My aunt and uncle live in Blairsville, and every time we visit we HAVE to visit Merciers! I haven’t tried the banana pies- I usually get peach… although the banana sounds lovely!

There is a small coffee shop in Blairsville called Grinds N Glazes and they have THE BEST cake donuts I have ever had- made fresh every morning. My fave is the chocolate peanut!

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EatLiveRun November 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

Amanda, this is absolutely stunning! My parents live in Savannah so now I’m thinking I’ll have to make a trip next time I visit them to the mountains!

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Gina Peterson November 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

That reflection shot is blowing my mind! almost looks like oil on canvas! GORGEOUS work!

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Nancy November 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Those 600 steps up Amicalola Falls will almost kill you but the view from the top is so worth it. We haven’t been back up that way in a few years, need to plan a trip. Your pictures are stunning and make me want to go back really soon.

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Tildie November 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Wow! Those are absolutely beautiful! I love the way you can photograph anything. This is a lot to ask, but I was wondering if you would allow me to have a copy of one of the pictures for a display in my home? They are gorgeous.

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Laurie Vorrath November 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Awesome pictures!
Thanks for sharing, makes me wish I had gotten out to the mountains when the colors peaked.

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Carol November 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

Wow! These are definitely some of my favorite pictures of yours. The colors are amazing! I can’t imagine hauling all of that camera equipment up those stairs. If it had been me, I would have been curled up next to one of the pups.

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Whitney November 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

AWESOME photos! Best I’ve seen this season :)

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maddiee November 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

unbelievable photos!!! haha I think i’d be lying around the pups too if I had to walk that much

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Kristin@DesignNSuch November 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I just discovered your blog and I must say… wow, great photography!!

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Denise O. November 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

Absolutely stunning pictures. Adding Blue Ridge to my bucket list.

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Christina November 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Beautiful pictures!! That place looks amazing!!

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Lisa King November 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Your photos are beautiful! I would make my favorite sour cream pound cake in the mixer!

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Jenny Johns November 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

This is certainly the next best thing to being there…your photo’s are amazing! Thanks for the trip!

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Ann November 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

These are really beautiful photos! Thanks for also sharing the travel tips!

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kendra November 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

absolutely took my breath away… give me some of those changing leaves here in arizona!!

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Kelly November 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I really liked your fall pictures. Adding in the link to your runkeeper was a great idea. I like the runkeeper app for my phone and use it for all my random exercise. I did a post on my top “ten” apps and that made the list (http://is.gd.59fiRK)

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Gayle November 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Beautiful, awesome, wonderful! I’m ready to go! We are thinking about taking a few days off after Christmas to go somewhere peaceful. Not too much of a drive from VA, maybe we’ll go here!

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Jennifer December 25, 2012 at 4:42 am

I have been reading your blog for quite some time and never saw this post. My family and I went there a few years back for Turkey Day!! We used the same cabin rental company, and went to the same places. We had such a great time and your pictures are amazing and shows it’s beauty to a “T”. We were quite upset after trekking to the top of the falls, all 600 something steps, that there was actually parking and I think bathrooms… UGH! It was an amazing trip and one we plan on making again when we get back to the states (we live in Guam at the moment) but orchards and little town were just too cute and this time I will have a DSLR in hand :) Thank you for sharing!

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Andrea J. June 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

Love your photos. Fall in the Georgia mountains is breathtaking!

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Marnie October 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hi! Ran across your blog from Pinterest today. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures. I leave 30 minutes from Blue Ridge myself. Might I ask you where the beautiful covered bridge is? I am assuming in the subdivision you stayed in? We have friends coming around Thanksgiving that would Love this area. However, I will have to warn them the leaves won’t still be this beautiful.

Thanks!

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Samantha October 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Where in blue ridge is the magnificent waterfall picture taken? I am planning a very special hike up there and have dreamed of going to that exact place

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