Destination guide

Off the beaten path in Blue Ridge

Over the years, Blue Ridge has been many things to many people. Originally established as a railway town, it subsequently earned a reputation as a top health resort for its pure mineral springs before becoming the alpine resort that visitors flock to today. The wide range of Blue Ridge vacation rentals on the market reflects this same diversity; a host of accommodation options, ranging from cozy cabins to luxurious mountainside homes, is available. And the variety doesn't stop there—from sunbathing and antique shopping to whitewater rafting and hiking, Blue Ridge has plenty to offer its thousands of annual visitors.

Things to do

Ride the Blue Ridge rails

If you're looking to explore a little further afield and view the sweeping beauty of this corner of America, then a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is your golden ticket. You'll depart from the historic depot in Blue Ridge and travel on a vintage train along the winding Toccoa River. This 1-hour journey brings you to Copperhill and McCoysville, a town separated by the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Here, you'll have the opportunity to shop for antiques, explore the model railroad layout, or enjoy finger-lickin' southern cuisine, all before hopping back on the train for your return voyage.


Blue Ridge—a walk in the woods

Blue Ridge's idyllic setting beside Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest makes it a paradise for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. This woodland boasts over 867,000 acres across 26 counties, with approximately 850 miles of recreational trails. The Aska Trail system is conveniently located less than 10 miles from most downtown Blue Ridge vacation rentals. Trails in this system range from 1 to 5.7 miles in length and cater to all skill levels. After an invigorating hike or cycle, the area's picnic spots provide a wonderful place for winding down.


The Blue Ridge forecast

Summers in Blue Ridge are warm and sunny, with comfortably cool nights. They're also the most difficult time to find Blue Ridge vacation rentals, so book early to ensure your preferred vacation dates and rates. Winters are cold, with snow and ice common at higher elevations, while spring weather can be unpredictable. The best time to find a great deal on Blue Ridge vacation rentals is the fall. Demand drops off after the high season ends, but September and October can often see an Indian summer, with temperatures mild and rain a rarity.

Natural features

Sunset over Lake Blue Ridge

The crystal-clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge have been offering a serene spot for relaxation and contemplation for decades, and that's as true today as ever. This 3,290-acre lake is a haven for water sports, and kayak and paddleboard rental is available for those who want to set out on the waters. This spot is also home to some of the best views in the area and a short scenic trail along the shoreline. Morganton Point is a kid-friendly pebble beach, open from April through the end of October, where families can enjoy a quick splash before hitting the trails once more.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Blue Ridge?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Blue Ridge:

  • Cashes Valley: 32 vacation rentals
  • Foxfire Estates: 58 vacation rentals
  • Raccoon Ridge: 27 vacation rentals
  • Ridges Over the Lake: 21 vacation rentals
  • Necowa Cove: 19 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Blue Ridge?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Blue Ridge. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mercier Orchards: 1,414 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Lake Marina: 941 vacation rentals
  • The Lilly Pad Village: 1,480 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway: 1,471 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Community Theater: 1,479 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Blue Ridge listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Blue Ridge?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 710 Cabins in Blue Ridge. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Blue Ridge include:

  • Houses: 454 rentals available
  • Cottages: 710 rentals available
  • Lodges: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Blue Ridge?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 44 vacation rentals with pool available in Blue Ridge. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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