Create a do it yourself hiking and learning experience on the Fannin County Trout Adventure Trail®. Individual hikers, families and organized groups earn a distinctive commemorative award patch as recognition of their commitment to outdoor education, conservation and accomplishment. The Trail includes eight stops and hikes of 30 minutes to two hours beginning at the watershed of Springer Mountain, which is also the starting point of the famed Appalachian Trail. Waypoints include Long Creek Falls, over the 260-foot Toccoa Swinging Bridge (the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River) and a visit to the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery which raises over a million rainbow trout a year for stocking North Georgia rivers. See trout exhibits, a large insect display and fish Rock Creek. (Open all year, Monday-Friday. Highway 60 South between Morganton and Dahlonega.) Maps and details on each stop can be found in these two documents: Trout Streams & Learning Adventure and The Trout Adventure Trail guide.
An accompanying program is the Trout Art Trail Name Finder Game, a fun treasure hunt to discover the colorful trout statues placed around town. Visit each, fill in the fish names after printing the worksheet, and take it to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center for a prize. (152 Orvin Lance Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, right behind CVS Pharmacy across from Ingles on Highway 515. 706-632-5680 1-800-899-MTNS (6867) ).
Some of the hiking on the Fannin County Trout Adventure Trail is best for the fit and active. Visit this link for the Blue Ridge Blog for tips on hiking with kids.
Here are just a few more entertaining educational experiences in Blue Ridge and Fannin County: