Hiking and fishing on the Trout Adventure Trail in Georgia 
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 along the southernmost reach of the Appalachian Mountains
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About Fannin County, GA
"Trout Capital of Georgia"

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Fannin County, GA -- Trout Capital of GeorgiaDesignated by
the Georgia State Legislature in 2010 as Trout Capital
of Georgia,
Fannin County lies in the Appalachian Mountains, 90 miles north of Atlanta, bordering on North Carolina and Tennessee.

Extending from within the county seat of Blue Ridge to the county border north, south, east and west, more than 100 miles of trout streams and rivers wind through Fannin County across 100,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Blue Ridge is a quaint mountain gateway town with art galleries, downtown shopping, delectable restaurants, a scenic railroad, and get-away cabins nestled on mountain ridges, in peaceful valleys and on scenic waters.

The headquarters for the Trout Adventure Trail in Fannin County is
the
Ü Fannin County Chamber
of Commerce
in Blue Ridge.

About Gilmer County, GA
"Georgia's Apple Capital"

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Gilmer County, GeorgiaGilmer County is Georgia’s Apple Capital and
contains abundant National Forest lands, including Springer Mountain, the southernmost terminus of the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Gilmer County is located along Highway 515/GA Highway 5, about
75 miles north of Atlanta. At more
than 430 square miles big, the heavily wooded landscape stretches across the southernmost reach of north Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 Ellijay, the capital and largest town in Gilmer County is an “Appalachian Trail Town” and is located about 40 minutes east of the Trout Adventure Trail. The official headquarters for the Trout Adventure Trail in Ellijay is
Ü North Georgia Mountain Outfitters.

How to get to the Trout Adventure Trail ...

From Ü Ellijay, Ü Blairsville and Ü Dahlonega

 

Finding Three Forks

Three Forks is roughly in the center of a square connecting Dahlonega. Ellijay, Blue Ridge and Blairsville. It is the location where the Appalachian Trail crosses Forest Service Road 58, also known as Noontootla Road, off Doublehead Gap Rd in Blue Ridge (Fannin County).

Note: Three Forks has limited off road parking and is recognizable by Appalachian Trail signs and a bridge across Noontootla Creek (downhill to the right off FS road). If you crest the mountain without seeing the intersection with the trail, you have gone too far.

 

DIRECTIONS FROM ELLIJAY TO THREE FORKS

1. From the ramp at the intersection of Hwy 5/515 and Highway 52 east of Ellijay, turn LEFT onto Hwy 52 and travel 5.3 miles to Big Creek Road.

2. Turn Left on Big Creek Road and travel 8.5 miles straight onto Doublehead Gap Road.

SHUTTLE
YOUR HIKERS

Springer Mountain Parking Area and Three Forks are connected by Forest Service Roads,
so it is possible to drop off
  hikers at one parking area and pick them up at another by shuttling cars between locations.

Drive time between trailheads is about 10 minutes one way. 

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3. Continue heading southeast and then northeast on Doublehead Gap Road approx. 6.4 miles to intersection with FS Road 58. (Paved road becomes gravel road for last .3 miles and FS Road 58 is on right just past church on left).

4. Turn Right on FS Road 58 (gravel road) also called NOONTOOTLA RD.

5. Proceed 5.3 miles on FS 58 past farm, past curve and gradual climb to Three Forks.

 

DIRECTIONS FROM BLAIRSVILLE TO THREE FORKS

1. Take Hwy 515, Blue Ridge Highway west toward Blue Ridge 4.5 miles to Skeenah Gap Road.

2. Turn left on Skeenah Gap Road and proceed 7.8 miles to Hwy 60.

3. Turn Right on Highway 60 (Morganton Hwy) and travel 0.7 miles to Old Dial Road.

4. Turn Left on Old Dial Road (County 5) and follow it 2.5 miles to Newport Road.

5. Turn Left on Newport Road and follow it 4.8 miles to Doublehead Gap Road.

6. Turn LEFT on DOUBLEHEAD GAP RD and proceed .8 miles across bridge (becomes gravel road) and past church.

7. TURN RIGHT on FOREST SERVICE RD 58 (gravel road) also called NOONTOOTLA RD.

8. Proceed 5.3 miles on FS 58 past farm, past curve and gradual climb to Three Forks.

 

DIRECTIONS FROM DAHLONEGA TO THREE FORKS

1. From the Gold Museum/Old Courthouse in downtown Dahlonega, go approx. 200 yards on East Main to the first traffic light and turn left on North Grove St. (also old Hwy 19 north toward Blairsville).

2. Continue one mile and Wagon Wheel Restaurant will be on right.

3. From the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, continue on Hwy 19 .3 miles to paved road Oak Grove Rd. on left.

4. Turn LEFT on Oak Grove and proceed 3.9 miles to 4-way stop at Hightower Church Rd.

5. Turn RIGHT on Hightower Church Rd and proceed 2.9 miles to stop sign at Miles Berry Rd.

6. Turn LEFT on Miles Berry Rd., cross over the Etowah River. At .6 miles, the pavement ends.

7. Proceed .8 miles on unpaved road to FS 28-1.

8. Turn LEFT on FS Road 28-1 and proceed 2.4 miles to FS 77.

9. Turn RIGHT on FS 77 and proceed 4.7 miles to Winding Stair Gap (top of ridge).

10. At Winding Stair Gap, cross over FS 42 and pick up FS 58.

NOTE:  At Winding Stair Gap, FS 77 ends and FS 58 and FS 42 begin.  FS 58 (on right) leads downhill to Three Forks and FS 42 (generally straight) leads to Springer Mountain.

11. Turn right on FS 58 and proceed downhill approx. 2.5 miles to Three Forks.

Shuttle Route From/To Three Forks and Springer Mountain Parking Area

Springer Mountain Parking Area to Three Forks: Take FS 42 heading generally east 2.7 miles to its intersections with FS 77 and FS 58 at Winding Stair Gap. Take the immediate left on FS 58 heading northwest (downhill) to Three Forks, a distance of about 2.7 miles.

Three Forks to Springer Mountain Parking Area: Take FS 58 heading uphill generally southeast 2.7 miles to the intersection of FS 42 at Winding Stair Gap. Take an immediate right on FS 42 headed west (downhill) to Three Forks, a distance of about 2.7 miles.

 

 

 
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