The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachian chain and are considered rural America. That means that many things are going to be different from what you may be used to at home especially if you are from a larger city. So relax and enjoy the differences between city life or ocean side life and mountain living.

First thing is to realize that life will move slower in many ways which is part of the relaxing charm of Blue Ridge and the North Georgia Mountains. You are on vacation so think of this as a great way to relax. The Internet speed is the thing we hear about the most. Rural America does not have the convenience of fast Internet so be prepared to experience slower Internet speeds and it is likely that streaming and gaming will be slow or even impossible but that’s OK because you are in the mountains to enjoy the outdoors. There are so many things to do in nature like hiking, visiting waterfalls, fishing for trout and bass, boating, zip lining horseback riding, hunting, bird watching, fly fishing, tubing, swimming and more. So forget about the Internet and get outside!

Hiking, waterfalls, fishing, tubing, ziplines, horseback riding, lakes, fly fishing, shopping, dining, farmers markets are just a few of the offline activities in Blue Ridge, Georgia. It is a good idea to visit the Chamber of Commerce website in the area you are visiting. These website will offer maps, guides, and a ton of information about local businesses and things to do in the area.

Be safe when you are in nature be sure to apply bug spray, stay on hiking trails, make sure all pets are on a leash, take extra water, food and a whistle in case you get lost. Use a trail guide from the Visitors Center at the Chamber of Commerce or on in the “Guest Information Book” at the cabin. You can’t rely on your GPS because reception is spotty or non-existent in many areas. The whistle will can be used to let people know where you are and is far better than yelling.

Also, remember you are in nature where all sorts of animals and bugs reside. Be aware there really are bears, fox, coyotes, snakes, spiders, predatory birds and other wildlife to be aware of. There is nothing to fear and many wonderful creatures like deer, rabbits, squirrels, possum, and more to see on your outdoor adventures.

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