Blue Ridge : Georgia


What It Is Like to Retire in Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is a very small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. It is at the very top of the state on the border near Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  The town has about 1200 residents. Blue Ridge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Georgia.  Lake Blue Ridge, the Toccoa River, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail all draw tourists from all over the United States and abroad. Downtown Blue Ridge and Lake Blue Ridge, viewed from Blue Ridge Dam courtesy of Wikipedia and Thompson200 (public domain).

Where to Retire in Blue Ridge and Home Prices

The area is busy with new active adult communities (see link at left). From the picture above it is easy to see the attraction. 
According to Zillow, the median home value was $280,673 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Blue Ridge

Lake Blue Ridge or crystal clear Toccoa River.  Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Outdoor sports like river rafting and hiking. Fantastic scenery. Relaxed lifestyle in the mountains. The town has a busy arts and festival schedule.

What Is Not Special about Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is a very small town and rural - not for big city types

Who Will Like Retirement in Blue Ridge

People who want to live near the mountains in a small town or in an active adult community will probably like it in Blue Ridge. The average age is 39. 


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and retirees

Climate and Physical Environment

In north Georgia up against the Tennessee border. It is on Lake Blue Ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Average January temperatures are below 40.  Chattanooga is about an hour away and Atlanta just a bit further.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Blue Ridge boasts arts fairs, gallery tours, exhibits, receptions, festivals, classes, concerts and plays produced and sponsored by local organizations. The Blue Ridge Community Theatre is in the renovated Hampton Square building. The Blue Ridge Mountain Association of the Arts sponsors the Blue Ridge Writers Conference, concerts in the park, gallery exhibits and more. The Swan Drive-in Theatre is one of 4 left in Georgia.


Crime is below average in Blue Ridge.

Medical Facilities

Fannin Regional Hospital is in Blue Ridge


Chattanooga Airport is the nearest big airport, about 62 miles. Atlanta is 76 miles

Valuable Links

Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Retire in Georgia


What people are saying about Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Disappointing
I was disappointed with the town of Blue Ridge. I had been hoping it would be \'the place\' for me, but it wasn\'t. It didn\'t seem like an actual town, but one that had been created for tourism. It lacked authenticity. Just a collection of shops, nice ones, but no feel of community.
Posted by ella on February 08, 2020

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