Have you ever heard the term agritourism? Agritourism is a beautiful blend of Georgia’s top two revenue generating industries – agriculture and tourism. For some, this evokes thoughts of experiencing a day like a true farmer by milking cows, tending animals, or picking fresh fruit. Others imagine touring wineries, taking a hayride on a working farm, or navigating a challenging corn maze. No matter what your perception, combining these two industries offers a unique experience to travelers and one that is quickly gaining popularity. With the recent emphasis on agritourism throughout the State and the fact that our mountain region naturally offers these types of experiences, I present to you the North Georgia Farm Trail.
The Chambers of Commerce in Gilmer, Fannin, Union, and Towns counties are collectively working on focusing increased attention on tourism along Georgia Highway 515. Because this is an easy and direct drive from Atlanta, we feel there is a great opportunity for cooperation in our advertising efforts. Therefore, we have named the stretch of road from Ellijay to Hiawassee the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Previous efforts included a tear off map of a variety of attractions along the Parkway. From those discussions, we have begun work on the next phase of promotion which focuses specifically on agritourism.
The North Georgia Farm Trail will highlight agritourism attractions along the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Union County alone has over 25 sites and events to be listed. Our listings will include places like the Union County Farmer’s Market, Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, Southern Tree Plantation, Logan Turnpike Mill, the Union County Horse Arena, Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery, horseback riding stables, alpaca farms, and roadside markets. We will also feature overnight farm stays and festivals that celebrate Appalachian food and heritage. Promotions of the trail will include the creation of a pocket guide for distribution throughout the State as well as many online promotions. The anticipated launch of the trial is scheduled for Summer 2013.
If you have any questions regarding the North Georgia Farm Trail or other offerings by the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, you may contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 706-745-5789. You may also interact with us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.