Besides fishing, Blue Ridge is ideal for camping, horseback riding, and hiking. With over 530 miles of hike trails in the forest, the legendary Appalachian Trail begins here, as does the Benton MacKaye Trail. Whitewater rafting enthusiasts can enjoy the world-class rapids of the Ocoee River, which flows out of the crystal clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge.
If visitors are looking for new friends outside of the woods, Blue Ridge is a great destination. It boasts a vibrant local culture featuring specialty shops, restaurants, live music, a community theater, and two annual arts festivals.