Every year I like to chase Fall colors in the mountains. This year I headed North to the Blue Ridge Mountains and it did not disappoint! The leaves are changing colors creating spectacular views. Here's everything you need to know about my trip which is completely dog friendly!
I stayed in a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains but not in town. To get the spectacular views you will have to stay at a higher altitude. That means lots of driving on windy roads with no guardrails, but it's totally worth the view and tranquility. There are many cabin rental companies but I have personally stayed with Blue Sky Cabin Rentals and Mountain Top Cabin Rentals and had great experiences with both. I recommend booking early.
This time of year it's too cold to sit outside with your dog but I was able to find a few options where I could have a meal with Teddy. Both Harvest on Main and Fightingtown Tavern have heated outdoor seating areas. I recommend Jim's Smoking' Que on a warmer day because they do not have a heated outdoor area.
Vogel State Park is a must during this time of year. The drive itself to the State Park is picturesque. We hiked the trail around Lake Trahlyta, it is an easy one mile loop. There are many other trails depending on your skill level. Find more information here.
The Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River is another great and easy spot to hike. We only hiked to the bridge and back due to the sun setting but you can continue on the trail that is 2 miles long.
If you do not like hiking but still want to do outdoor actives with your dog there are many options. The outside activities at Mercer Orchards are dog friendly. The shopping area is not. I highly recommend exploring Bear Claw Vineyards and Winery. You can walk through their vineyards, check out the Tree House on site, and sip wine.
Have a great time exploring the North Georgia Mountains!