Dahlonega Day Trip- Blue Ridge: Beer and Trains

blue ridge train

Where can you go in the North Georgia mountains and drink craft beer in two different breweries? Or hop a vintage train and ride through the mountains to Tennessee and have craft beer at two breweries? You can do both in Blue Ridge, GA, just a little over an hour (1 hour, 9 minutes) day trip from our inn in Dahlonega. Check out more below on this Blue Ridge day trip.

Blue Ridge has long been known for its train offering a scenic 4 hour 26 mile round trip through the mountains north of town to McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, Tennessee. The downtown Blue Ridge area has grown in recent years offering numerous shops and restaurants. There also two craft breweries in town as well which is amazing for a town of about 1,400 (2017 census).

For driving directions to Blue Ridge from our inn check out the map at the bottom of the page.

For locations of the breweries mentioned visit our map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vw2kKH6VEAtTq3fLrgx0PSHbOjsYH4Ip&usp=sharing

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The train station/boarding area is at the center of downtown Blue Ridge. Originally the train started from Marietta in the late 1800’s with track laid to Blue Ridge. The last passenger travel of that era was in 1950. In 1998 the railway started up again with the trip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, Georgia. Currently serving around 78,000 annual passengers the train follows the original route along the Toccoa River offering scenic views for its riders.

The Fall season tends to be the busiest with guests enjoying the ride and the seasonal colors. It is suggested to purchase tickets in advance and arrive an hour before departure since seating is not reserved. Web site: https://brscenic.com/

The train’s first stop is McCaysville, GA and you will have some time to visit the town and walk across the bridge to Copperhill, Tennessee. There are two craft breweries, Copper Hill Brewery and Buck Bald Brewery. Their web sites are listed below.

Copperhill Brewery has indoor tastings and is located next door to a Cuban takeout restaurant and you can bring the food into the tasting room. We were told that they are building a new brewery nearby that will have another tasting room and tours. Information: https://www.copperhillbrewery.com/

Buck Bald Brewery is in an old converted filling station with a great selection of tasty beer. We really liked the 10w40 stout. Information : https://buckbaldbrewing.com/

After your visit to the towns and breweries you will head back to Blue Ridge on the train.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Breweries

If you decide not to take the train ride you will have more time to visit the two Blue Ridge breweries and shops downtown.

Fannin Brewing Company started in 2012 is open Thursday through Sunday and has its beers on tap or you can get a flight of four 5 oz pours to try them all. Their beers can be purchased in parts of Tennessee, Atlanta and North Georgia. Check out their web site for beers on tap and special events. Fannin Brewing web site: https://www.fanninbrewingcompany.com/home

Grumpy Old Men Brewery is a microbrewery started in October 2012 with a large selection (9 to choose from). They are also open throughout the week. They also had the largest selection of stouts that we liked. Visit their web site: https://grumpyoldmenbrewing.com/

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/