Fall in the Mountains

Don’t you love Autumn? Mornings are crisp, afternoons are warm (still good for rafting!), and evenings are cool. It’s that time of year for sweaters, bonfires, hayrides, corn mazes, and lots of fall festivals. After an exciting raft down the Ocoee River, plan on enjoying these special events.

Train Ride Through Great Smokies


Now that you’ve experienced the beautiful fall foliage from a raft with Carolina Ocoee, stay an extra day and take a tour on the Copperhill Special Train Ride (about a one hour drive from Ducktown). The ride is an eight hour excursion through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop, and onto the joint cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, GA. The trip departs from Delano, Tennessee at 9:30 a.m. (with a 90 minute layover) and returns roughly around 5:30 p.m.

Pumpkins, Hayrides, Corn Maze and More


A short 30 minute drive from Carolina Ocoee’s outpost is the Ocoee Valley Farms. They have a corn maze, pumpkin patch (pick your own pumpkin), hayrides, farm animals, and campfire sites. Be sure to check out their River Maze, a corn maze that runs along and near the river with a different theme each fall. Getting lost in a corn maze has never been more fun!


Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is about one hour from Ducktown, TN. You can enjoy a corn maze, haunted trails, wagon rides, bonfires, food, and more. They also have activities for church groups, family reunions and more.

Arts and Crafts


Ducktown Basin Museum’s Arts & Crafts Festival is held in September. The museum has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.. Look for handcrafted jewelry, fabric arts, original paintings, unique handmade gifts and much more.  Admission is free, food vendors will be on site September 10, 2022.

Arts in the Park is held at the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. Blue Ridge is listed as one of the top ten fine arts towns in the United States five years running by American Craft Week. The festival will include a wide array of artists, crafters, and food vendors. The whole family can enjoy this event while spending time in nature.

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