Hiking and fishing on the Trout Adventure Trail in Georgia 
Plan your own hiking and learning experience on existing famous trails
 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
ÜNorth Georgia Mountain Outfitters.

Choose a Trail

Hiking Options for the Trout Adventure Trail

The designated trails in the Trout Adventure Trail system provide a variety of hiking options in length, degree of difficulty in terrain and outdoors experiences.To plan a successful, stress-free hike, take into account:

(1) the age, abilities, and preparedness of the weakest hiker
        on the trip;

(2) the weather and the amount of daylight available; and ...

(3) the features the group wants to experience on the hike.

Always allow a cushion of extra time for unanticipated contingencies or for fun opportunities (frolic and detour) that may present themselves in the course of the hike.

Trail Profiles

Shown below are five examples of hiking routes and the characteristics and highlights found along those routes. A more complete description of each route is found in the associated PDF document available for printing by clicking on the link route -- i.e., "RED". You can also view the elevation profile of the entire trail by clicking on the table (at right).

NOTE: A hike of any distance anywhere along the designated trails qualifies a child for a commemorative patch.
See Earning a Patch.

Trout Adventure Trail Map      Click on map to enlarge

Trout Adventure Trail Elevation Profile 

Trail Elevation Profile
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Description Length (+/- miles) Difficulty
  RED Springer Mountain parking area to Springer Mountain and return. 1.8 Moderate Steep uphill hike to vista view atop Springer Mountain and start point (southern terminus) of the Applachian Trail, and return.
  BLUE Three Forks to Long Creek Falls and return. 2.2 Easy Gentle uphill walk to beautiful falls along Long Creek, and return.


Springer Mountain parking area to Springer Mountain and return to vehicles.


Drive to Three Forks ... Three Forks to Long Creek Falls and return to vehicles.



Steep uphill hike to long-range view and start (southern terminus) of Appalachian Trail atop Springer Mountain, and downhill return.

Separate hike with gentle uphill walk along trout stream to beautiful falls, and downhill return. Both hikes feature a good place to rest and talk before return trip.
  GREEN Start at Springer Mountain parking area and hike to Springer Mountain, descend from Springer Mountain on Appalachian Trail to Long Creek Falls, and return to Springer Mountain parking area on Appalachian Trail. 10.2 Moderate Steep uphill to vista atop Springer Mountain and start point (southern terminus) of Appalachian Trail, and descent to Three Forks, crossing Stover Creek; proceeds along Long Creek to waterfall and returns on Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain parking area. Along the route between Three Forks and Springer Mountain, hikers experience cathedral stand of Eastern Hemlock trees.
  GOLD* Start at Three Forks and hike to Long Creek Falls, backtrack to Three Forks and after crossing creek, take Benton-MacKaye Trail to highest intersection with Appalachian Trail near top of Springer Mountain. Turn left and ascend to top of Springer Mountain, and descend on Appalachain Trail to Three Forks. 12.4 Moderate Gold route covers the full extent of the Trout Adventure Trail. The experience includes walking along Long Creek to magnificent waterfalls and ascent on Benton-MacKaye Trail to Springer Mountain with stream crossings and a wonderful view during the ascent to Springer Mountain. The Appalachian Trail to the top of Springer Mountain affords another great view and arrival at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. At one point, the hike downhill to Three Forks passes along a cathedral stand of mature Eastern Hemlock trees.
    CUSTOM ROUTES There is virtually no limit to the customized routes available. Planning or time constraints, abilities of the hikers, educational experiences, and merit badge or rank requirements for scouts can all be accommodated with custom options of routes.   Easy to Moderate Planning the route is part of the fun of the experience.

           * Hiking the GOLD route during 2012-13 qualifies for an exceptional Ü "12 Miler" commemorative patch.



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