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TVA Blue Ridge Dam and Reservoir

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

Nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest of north Georgia, you'll find scenic overlooks, picnic areas, small watercraft launch, and rich history at this day use area. The dam is a hydroelectric facility that generates electricity and supports many recreational opportunities. Located just west of Morganton, Georgia.


ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessibility available at Blue Ridge Dam day use area

Blue Ridge Reservoir is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest of northern Georgia on the Toccoa River. Eleven miles below the dam, the Toccoa River flows into Tennessee, where it's called the Ocoee River.

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How to Get There

From Chattanooga: Take I-75 N to exit 20 (US-74/64 by-pass) at Cleveland; go east, following US-74/64; at Ducktown, take TN-68 (Ocoee Street) south, crossing the Georgia state line where it becomes Blue Ridge Drive, to HWY 74 (Appalachian Hwy). Turn left on Appalachian Hwy and after driving over the Taccoa River; turn right onto North River Road.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Traceand requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

Recreational Opportunities

Blue Ridge Lake is the lower end of the 13.8-mile Toccoa River Canoe Trail, an easy float with a few small rapids. While floating downriver, rafters pass under the longest suspension bridge (270 feet long) east of the Mississippi River.

The canoe and kayak launch site below the dam gives non-motorized boaters access to the Toccoa River. The river is noted among anglers for its sunfish, trout and bass. When water is released from Blue Ridge Dam to generate electricity, the river becomes a Class I-II float through the north Georgia hills. There is an accessible picnic table with a grill next to the launch site.

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Seasons Accessible

All Seasons



Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

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