Hike the Appalachian Trail

Outdoor Enthusiast

Two of the greatest outdoor adventures in the world begin in Fannin County.

Both the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trails start at the top of Springer Mountain. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails in the area, including short trails suitable for beginning hikers and families. Try this hike to experience the Appalachian Trail and see beautiful Long Creek Falls. Take snacks and lots of water; this is a ½ day adventure. 

Here are the DirectionsFrom Blue Ridge, go south on Aska Road 13.5 miles to end. Turn right onto Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn left onto Doublehead Gap Road and continue on this road about .8 miles to intersection with dirt-gravel USFS Road 58 intersecting sharply from right. Turn onto FS 58 and continue into forest and uphill 5.3 miles to Three Forks. The parking area is on the right at Noontootla Creek, a beautiful trout stream. The trail to Long Creek Falls is on the left.

Find lots more hiking adventures by downloading the maps below.