Spring Drives & Hikes in Blue Ridge

Where can you get out into the beauty of a Blue Ridge Spring? Check out these gorgeous trails and scenic drives for a taste of Spring in the north Georgia mountains:

1. Long Creek Falls
A classic waterfall, only a mile hike each way. It's right off the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trail.

2. Lake Blue Ridge Views
Lake Blue Ridge shorelines and views are mostly of National Forest. (Locals tip: Check out the viewing area at end of the marina parking lot or the TVA day use area off of Hwy. 76 right over the dam).

3. Aska Trails
A hiking-mountain bicycling trail system 17.0 miles in length developed on National Forest lands near Deep Gap on the Aska Road in south central Fannin County. Map Guide here

4. Lake Blue Ridge Recreation Area
Loops for hikers and bikers, tucked away benches to relax on and great views of the lake.

5. Scenic Drive on Hwy. 60
A beautiful mountain drive through the rural landscapes and forests of Georgia's Blue Ridge.

6. The Swinging Bridge
A suspension bridge across the Toccoa River surrounded by pristine mountain beauty. The short hike in along the Benton MacKaye Trail is accessed by a rough gravel road (not for low clearance cars).

7. Toccoa River Rapids
Easy to reach beauty spot right on Aska Road, the rocks and rapids make for a great picnic spot.

8. Aska Road to Dial
Winding Aska Road reaches the mountain valleys and farmsteads around the historic buildings and farms of Dial, GA. A beautiful glimpse of rural natural beauty and views of the Toccoa River.

9. Appalachian Trail & Benton MacKaye Trail
Two of the most classic long distance hiking trails in the USA start right here in Georgia's Blue Ridge. Pick any section for a beautiful hike in the new spring green. Map Guide here

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Chip Cipcic
Blue Ridge Georgia Tourism

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