Blue Ridge Area
Blue Ridge Area Hikes
The area around Blue Ridge was originally controlled by the Cherokee, but like mostly everywhere in the Appalachian Mountains, the Native Americans were forced to move west, and the first settlers appeared in the Blue Ridge area. They had moved in from the north, by crossing the Appalachian Mountains and then continuing down the Ocoee River. Fannin County's population gradually increased, and the economy was based primarily on various agricultural productions. Additionally, mining added to the economy in the early 19th century. Then, the Marietta and north Georgia Railroad was laid out through the Toccoa River Valley, providing much easier access to the region. In the 1920s, development began along US Route 76, and the town of Blue Ridge was constructed. Upon the completion of the town of Blue Ridge, and the extension of the railroad to it, tourism surged in the area. Today, Blue Ridge remains a small mountain town, conveniently located along the Georgia Mountain Parkway, as well as in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest and north Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains.