In the Spotlight: Blue Ridge, Georgia

BlueRidgeBlue Ridge is located in northern Georgia’s Fannin County. It is home to roughly 1,300 people and one of TDS44 stimulus projects. A lot of activities in Blue Ridge are related to or involve the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a segment of the Appalachians and make up Georgia’s highest mountain range. The rugged ridges and rounded peaks vary from 1,600 to 4,700 feet high. They’re called Blue Ridge because under certain lighting conditions they actually appear to be shrouded in a blue haze.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are also home to several waterfalls including Amicalola Falls. Its name comes from the Cherokee language and means “tumbling waters.” At 729 feet it’s the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. BlueRidge 2

Passengers can take in all the area’s beauty by boarding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The four-hour, 26-mile trip, winds alongside the Toccoa River and stops in McCaysville, Ga. and its sister city Copperhill, Tenn. During the two-hour layover you can grab a bite to eat and take a walk across the “Blue Line” which separates Georgia from Tennessee.

Recently in an article that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mary Ann Anderson wrote, “Blue Ridge is quaint, small-town America where the scenery is only part of the show.” It’s no wonder that Blue Ridge is a popular destination for so many vacationers. BlueRidge railroad

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. G+.
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