Scenic Views and Tours
It would be impossible to count the places available to view the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains! On Fort Mountain, where Wilderness View Cabins and The Overlook Inn are located, there are four overlooks alone!
|Wine Lovers Itinerary
When you think of great wines, Georgia probably isn`t on your mind. But our elevation, soil and sunshine lends itself to some of the best wines this side of the Mississippi!
Stay a weekend at Wilderness View Cabins, our luxury cabin rentals in the North Georgia Mountains and find out why Wineries in Georgia are the best kept secret of wine connoisseurs.
Below is a sample itinerary for wine lovers everywhere.
Check in any time after 3pm and enjoy the beauty of an afternoon in the mountains. Order our dinner basket for the night, which will include a bottle of a wine from a Georgia Winery and relax for the evening in the outdoor hot tub at your cabin.
Enjoy a scenic drive to the picturesque town of Dahlonega, only 45 minutes away. Your first stop should be Three Sisters Winery, followed by Frogtown Cellars. Head over to Black Stock Winery for a lunch and tasting in their cafe` bistro.
After your relaxing lunch and tour, take a short drive to Becca Farms and Vineyard, where you can see how wine is made from start to finish.
While in Dahlonega, you can pan for gold and gems, shop and enjoy fine dining before heading back to your cabin for the night.
Other award winning wineries you may want to visit if time permits:
Yonah Mountain Winery - Offers incredible views and award winning wine tastings,
Habersham Winery - Georgia`s oldest winery. Complimentary tastings and tours of their Gold Medal wines.
Wolf Mountain Vineyard - A great place to stop for dinner, but call ahead, reservations are required!
Take a trip to Ellijay before heading home. Called by many "modern day Mayberry" the square offers antique shopping, art stores and coffee shops.
||North Georgia Mountains
|Civil War History Tour
This is a 50-mile drive through the Ridge and Valley area in the northwest corner of the state. It begins at Rocky Face and leads to Tunnel Hill, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Chattanooga.
Special attractions include but not limited to Dalton carpet manufacturing, scenic ridges, mountains, Civil War history on the grounds of actual battles; an excellent visitor information center at the national military park with an outstanding collection of old guns and of course fall colors.
A year round drive, spring and fall are the most comfortable times. Spring flowering trees and shrubs are abundant in the woodlands along the way and fall leaf color is spectacular in the deciduous forest.
This drive takes you from Dalton Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee with an intimate look at Civil War history. The route includes sites of some of the most famous actions in the northwest Georgia area, including the Great Locomotive chase of 1862, the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge of 1863 as well as Sherman`s Atlanta Campaign of 1864. The entire route is never more than 20 miles from an interstate highway, beginning at I-75 and ending at I-24. Chattanooga offers a host of attractions, and Dalton is a Mecca for people shopping for carpets and floor coverings. The city of Dalton advertises itself as "The Carpet Capitol of the World", with good reason. In the 1920s local people become involved in a cottage industry making chenille bedspreads and bathrobes in their mountain cabins. With refining, the same process that produced gaudy peacock and flower design bed coverings came to be used in the production of carpeting. You do not have to look far to see how successful the carpet business has become. Outlet stores line the highways for miles around, where you can buy practically any floor covering that exists at a discount price.
|Cohutta Wilderness Loop
Chatsworth to Lake Conasauga to Fort Mountain
A 75-miles drive that takes you from Chatsworth along the edge of the Cohutta Wilderness Area, by the Conasuaga Lake Recreation Area and campground in the Chattahoochee national Forest and to Fort Mountain Sate Park. Most of the drive is in national forest. About half of the drive is on winding, gravel Forest Service roads. Some of the way is steep.
This route can be driving all year, except for occasional snows that make it necessary for the Forest Service to close roads for short periods of time. April through June is best for most flowering shrubs, trees and wildflowers. Fall leaf color begins at the higher elevations in late September. During the winter when the leaves are off the trees, the mountain views are more exposed.
Some of the attractions on this route are the Vann House west of Chatsworth, whitewater rafting at the Ocoee River, which is the 1996 Olympic kayaking venue just across the state line in Tennessee; Carters Lakes and the Cohutta Wilderness area, largest mountain wilderness in the East, at 35,000 acres.
|Native American Tour
This drive introduces you to an area rich in Cherokee history. It starts at the Moravian Mission in Spring Place, where the in 1801, the Moravian brethren founded the first school for Cherokees. Among the Cherokees educated at the mission was Elia Boudinot, who went on to become the editor of The Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper printed at New Echota (seen later in this tour).
The drive continues to the Chief Vann House, known as the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation", which was built of locally made brick in 1804 and has the distinction of being the first brick home within the Cherokee Nation. This two-story classic is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes. The mansion is decorated with beautiful hand carvings and features a remarkable "floating" staircase along with many fine antiques.
From the Chief Vann House, the drive winds through New Echota which was established as the capital of the Cherokee Nation on November 12, 1825 to the New Echo Cemetery, which is one hundreds yards south on private property. The cemetery includes the unmarked graves of Pathkiller and Harriet Gold Boudinot. Pathkiller was the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation until his death in 1827. In February of 1828, the print shop at New Echota published the first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix. That national newspaper utilized the new Cherokee alphabet developed by Sequoyah. The remarkable Sequoyah was born George Guest (or Gist)., the son of an Indian trader of Dutch ancestry and a Cherokee mother.
The drive continues to a cemetery where more than three hundred unknown Confederate soldiers were buried between 1861 and 1864, and then travels to the Etowah Indian Mounds. The Etowah State Historic Site offers a fascinating look into the past. The museum offers a video program and detailed exhibits about the site.
|Ride through the Wilderness
This is a 3 to 5-hour trip through a beautiful hardwood mountain forest, along the edge of a wilderness, to a beautiful secluded mountain lake. You will have the opportunity to park and actually hike (walk) in the wilderness.
Make sure that vehicle is in good mechanical condition, with adequate fuel. You may want to carry some food and drink, since these cannot be purchased in the forest. You will average about 15 - 20 miles per hour on the steeper or more winding gravel Forest Service roads. These are good surfaces but somewhat rough, so reduce speed will protect your tires.
|See our beautiful mountains and attractions from the BEST VIEW IN TOWN!!!...500 feet above the Ground! Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours will give your bird`s eye view of Downtown Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge, Ocoee River, Toccoa River, Fields of the Wood (world`s largest display of the 10 Commandments) and many more! Multiple tours to choose from!