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Outdoor Experiences in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains
Hike the Appalachian & Benton MacKaye Trails
Two of the greatest outdoor adventures in the world begin at the southern border of Fannin County in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Both the Appalachian and the Benton MacKaye Trail start at the top of Springer Mountain. The Appalachian Trail, better known and longer of the trails, begins a 2,000+ mile journey to Maine through many of the states on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The Benton MacKaye, more remote than the Appalachian, begins a 286 mile trek along the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, rejoining the AT in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Hike the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trails to several beautiful local waterfalls. You can also hike the Benton MacKaye north and at 14.4 miles it crosses the pristine Toccoa River on a structure known simply as the "Swinging Bridge." It is the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi and was built by the Forest Service and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club in the mid-1970's. The Benton MacKaye continues through some very remote areas of Fannin County for approximately 54 miles, where it then enters Tennessee from Fannin's Cohutta Wilderness.
Tubing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pontooning & Whitewater Rafting
On any given weekend the Toccoa River is a popular destination for tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting. Beginning at Deep Hole, a Forest Service Campground, paddlers make the 17-mile Toccoa River Canoe Trail journey, passing under the swinging bridge and into the Aska Adventure Trails Area, where hiking and mountain biking are also popular. As the Toccoa River slows, Lake Blue Ridge is formed by the TVA dam. Here boating and fishing are popular pastimes for the outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a pontoon, paddle board or kayak at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, at Morganton Point Recreation Area, and at Lake Blue Ridge Day Use Area.
Once the Toccoa River leaves Lake Blue Ridge the river begins its journey down the wide valley known as the McCaysville Basin. Then, as the Toccoa leaves McCaysville its name changes to the Ocoee. World-class whitewater and the Ocoee Whitewater Center are just a few miles ahead.
Fishing the Trout Capital of Georgia
Georgia's Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia! According to Georgia Outdoor News, the Toccoa River is one of the region's rivers that hold the characteristics required for anglers to find big trout. Serious trout fishermen know that there is serious trout fishing in Fannin County not only in the Toccoa, but in Rock Creek, Cooper Creek and Noontootla Creek. Fish are stocked regularly in Fannin County streams by the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery. If it's lake fishing you prefer, there's plenty of fun to be had fishing Lake Blue Ridge. Follow this link to find a list of fishing guides
Play Golf at Old Toccoa Farm
The new nine-hole Bunker Hill Golf course at Old Toccoa Farm is open for play on Monday and Wednesday - Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost for play is $45 for 18 and $35 for 9 holes during the week; and $65 for 18 and $45 for 9 holes on the weekend. Non-resident Memberships are available as well. In addition to the front nine, plans include expansion to 18 holes and creation of par 3 family practice area. For more information, call 706-946-GOLF (4653).
The Aska Trails area is a favorite spot for experienced mountain bikers, and work is underway for a new beginners mountain biking trail with views of Lake Blue Ridge. Pedego Bikes, in downtown Blue Ridge, rents and sells electric bikes; Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters, McCaysville, sells, rents and repairs bikes; and Blue Mountain Bikes, Blue Ridge, has a short pump track. Find out more.
High Flying Adventures
Ziplines and canopy tours are great ways to experience the adventure of the Georgia's Blue Ridge mountains. Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge is located on 165 acres of beautiful countryside, only six miles from downtown Blue Ridge. Located just 1 mile from downtown Blue Ridge is Blue Ridge Aerial Adventure Park offering four amazing aerial courses to play on. These invigorating obstacle courses let you enjoy over 50 obstacles ranging from moderate to extreme difficulty. Some of these obstacles are 125+ feet long ziplines.
Every mountain vacation should include horseback riding. Fannin County is blessed with riding stables, experienced guides and beautiful terrain, whether rolling hills or mountain trails. Our riding stables offer rides tailored for every age. Some offer hay rides, moonlight rides, overnight rides with camping, wilderness rides... there's something for everyone, even the most inexperienced rider. Horseback Riding
Tank Town USA is the ultimate heavy equipment playground, whether you want to drive a military tank, military trucks on construction equipment.
Toccoa River & Lake Blue Ridge
Upper Toccoa River & Ocoee River
Waterfalls & Whitewater
Outdoor Adventures Hiking Access Points
Outdoor Adventures Biking Access Points
Cohutta Wilderness Self-Guided Driving Experience