All About McCaysville, Georgia — a Must-Visit Mountain Town!

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Welcome to the City of McCaysville in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia! This small town in Fannin County is nestled right on the Georgia-Tennessee border, adjacent to Copperhill, Tennessee. Just 10 miles north of Blue Ridge (and about 2 hours from Atlanta), these charming twin cities offer double the fun for YOUR mountain getaway — including taking scenic train rides, fishing in the rivers, apple picking, horseback riding, listening to live music, sipping locally crafted brews, shopping until you drop, and eating Appalachian cuisine! Use our guide to experience the best of McCaysville, GA, with family and friends. 

The Blue Line

What is McCaysville, GA, known for? The blue line — a literal line drawn through the center of town that marks the Tennessee-Georgia state line! Stand in 2 states at once and capture the moment with a quick pic. You can find the blue line starting from the parking lot at the Hometown Foods IGA grocery store, crossing Toccoa/Ocoee Street, and heading towards the river. 

Fun Attractions & Outdoor Activities

Between the sister cities of McCaysville, GA, and Copperhill, TN, there is a variety of entertaining attractions and outdoor activities for all ages — from taking in the gorgeous North Georgia mountain landscape and kayaking downriver to planning a picnic with friends and enjoying bluegrass beats on Blue Ridge Dr!

Train Rides
Traveling from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, GA? Hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway that travels roundtrip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville and Copperhill. In town, you can book a spot on The Copper Express, a train-like, track-less shuttle that takes you along the blue line, touring the twin cities, the river, or historic mining sites. 

River Outfitters
Outdoor fun awaits on the Toccoa-Ocoee River in McCaysville, GA! Known as the Toccoa River in Georgia and the Ocoee River in Tennessee, this splashy river passes beneath 2 bridges in town — including the Old Steel Bridge, built in 1911. Take a stroll across the historic bridge or opt for a local outfitter to go river tubing, fly fishing, kayaking, or whitewater rafting!

Cascading Waterfalls
Craving more time in the great outdoors of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Hike to nearby Turtletown Falls along a moderate loop or Benton Falls — a gorgeous 65-foot waterfall — on a 1.5-mile trail in the Cherokee National Forest. 

Public Parks
In McCaysville, GA, there are a few parks where you can stretch your legs, take in the views, plan a picnic, and spend time relaxing outside. Horseshoe Bend in nearby Mineral Bluff even hosts Pickin’ in the Park every summer, a live bluegrass and acoustic event held weekly on Thursdays (Memorial Day – September). 

  • Toccoa River Park — picnic tables, grills, playground & fitness area
  • McCaysville Park — playground, picnic tables & boat ramp on Toccoa River
  • Horseshoe Bend Park — picnic pavilions, fishing spots, gazebo, playground & restrooms 

Apple Orchard
Ever been apple picking in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Visit Deep Roots Orchard in McCaysville, GA, for a U-pick experience. You can also eat a scratch cookout, hop on a wagon ride, and enjoy mountain music and storytelling.

McCaysville Visitor Center
Filled with history and old photos and overlooking the beautiful Toccoa River, the McCaysville Visitor Center has a lot to offer your mountain retreat. Ask about the self-guided history tour, view exhibits of times past, and chat with locals for the best area advice.

Mining Museum
Considered part of the Copper Basin, McCaysville has strong ties to North Georgia’s copper mining history.  Located on a historic mining site — the old Burra Burra mine — the Ducktown Basin Museum is a neat place to visit, check out artifacts, and take a free self-guided tour of the primary structures still standing.

Take a closer look at McCaysville, GA!

Shop, Shoppe, Shopping!

Whether you’re hoping to find antiques, swing by art galleries, pop into specialty shops, check out local craftsmanship, or pick up cute items for your pets, McCaysville, GA, has great shopping opportunities. Most notably, you have to explore Riverwalk Shops — a riverside shopping and entertainment complex with boutiques, eateries, and Tooneys Music Venue! 

  • Africa Corner & Beyond
  • Blue Ridge Adventure Wear
  • Blue Ridge Olive Oil & Tupelo Tea
  • Chooch Oddities & Unique Finds
  • Christmas Is Here!
  • Copperhill Rock & Mineral Co.
  • Coppermine Candle Co.
  • Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Deaf Man Vinyl
  • Fat Raccoon Gallery
  • Folk Apothic
  • Mainstreet Mutt Pet Boutique & Gifts
  • Meraki Souq
  • Mountain Attitude Designs
  • Mustang Sally Clothing & Jewelry
  • Pic N Vine
  • River Laurel Gifts & Boutique
  • Scenic City Hemp Co.
  • Toccoa River Rustic Decor

Restaurants & Breweries

Go out for a hearty Southern breakfast, enjoy lunch with friends, grab a coffee between shops, plan a romantic dinner by the river, stop by a food truck, or sip local craft beer at a brewery in McCaysville, GA. Some of our favorite places to eat and hang out are below!

  • Buck Bald Brewing
  • Burra Burra on the River
  • Copper Curve
  • Copperhill Brewery
  • El Rio Mexican Restaurant
  • Habanero’s Fresh Tex Mex
  • Happy Bear Ice Cream & Treats
  • JJ’s Copper Basin Lounge
  • Katz’s New York Deli & Coffee
  • Mexico Loco
  • Riverwalk Sweets
  • Rod’s Rockin Rolls
  • Rum Cake Lady Cuban Cafe
  • Salty Dawgs Mobile Trailer
  • Stateline BBQ
  • The Copper Grill
  • The Pasta Market
  • The Waterfront Bar
  • Twisted Tomato
  • Yellowbird Coffee Shop

Where to Stay

While planning to visit McCaysville, GA, book your accommodations with a local cabin company for the full Appalachian experience. At Georgia Cabins for YOU, we have cabin rentals on the Toccoa River, near the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and spread across North Georgia — including Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Morganton, and Big Canoe! 

Amenities include breathtaking mountain views, steamy hot tubs, big screen TVs, fun game rooms, wet bars, fully equipped kitchens, free and fast Wi-Fi, pet-friendly features, plus king suites. Explore McCaysville all day and return to your relaxing retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the evening. You can easily book online or over the phone at 1.800.580.5524 at your convenience. 

Fill your Blue Ridge Mountain vacation with cabin fun and unique things to do in McCaysville, Georgia!