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Blue Ridge ~ At A Glance

Residents and visitors alike fall in love with Blue Ridge, where upscale shopping and dining meet small town charm. Blue Ridge is filled with great restaurants, stylish shops and galleries, orchards, farm wineries and breweries, beautiful mountains and friendly people.

Blue Ridge is located in the North Georgia mountains, where more than 40 percent of the county's land is in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Experience unspoiled mountain beauty, exhilarating hikes, whitewater rafting and a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

 Lake Blue Ridge is home to bass, bream, catfish, perch and crappie, which make the area popular with anglers. When water is released from the Blue Ridge Dam to generate electricity, the river becomes a class I-II float through the Georgia hills.  Rent a pontoon to enjoy the lake or go trout fishing in the crystal clear Toccoa River.

The crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge make it one of Georgia's more picturesque mountain lakes. The 3,290-acre lake, controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority,  and surrounding area offer campsites, several boat ramps, a full-service marina and public swimming and picnic areas. There’s a scenic overlook above the dam and a shaded picnic area near the powerhouse. The canoe and kayak launch site below the dam gives non-motorized boaters access to the Toccoa River.  

Blue Ridge reservoir is 11 miles long and has 65 miles of shoreline, 25 percent of which is developed; the balance is land in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The lake was formed when Blue Ridge Dam was constructed on the Toccoa River in 1930 by the Toccoa Electric Power Company. At the time it was built, the dam was the largest earthen dam in the Southeast. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) purchased the facility in 1939 for hydroelectric power production.

Besides providing power and recreational opportunities, Blue Ridge also helps control flooding. The lake is entirely within Fannin County, Georgia, and the closest towns are Blue Ridge and Morganton. Lake Blue Ridge is 11 miles long, 3,290 acres in size at normal summer pool. Full pool is at 1,681 feet above MSL (median sea level).

For more information about Blue Ridge, please visit the links below:

Blue Ridge/Fannin Chamber of Commerce

Fannin County Schools        University of North Georgia/Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge        Toccoa River

Blue Ridge Community Theater

Mercier Orchards          Vineyards & Wineries

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

 

Sources: TVA.gov, ExploreGeorgia.org, Chambers of Commerce, LakesOnline.com, GeorgiaWine.com

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