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
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 Springer Mountain Parking Area

Springer Mountain Parking Area is located on Springer Mountain where the Appalachian Trail intersects with FS 42. This is a limited sized parking area, but on most days there is sufficient room for parking, except on weekends during the fall when leaf colors are at their finest.

NOTE: Limited parking is also available along the Forest Service Road near the parking area.




1. From the ramp at the intersection of GA Hwy 5/515 and GA 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.


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 about 4.1 miles to intersection with FS Road 42. (Wildlife Management Area sign at turn on right).

4. Turn RIGHT on Wildlife Management Area/FS 42 (gravel road) and proceed about 6.9 miles to parking area on left.

Parking area has limited off road parking and is recognizable by Appalachian Trail signs and a Forest Service Bulletin Board. If you crest the mountain without seeing the intersection with the trail and parking area, you have gone too far.



1. Take GA/APDHwy 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 GA Hwy 60.

3. Turn RIGHT on Highway 60 (Morganton Hwy) and travel 0.7 mile 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 RIGHT on Doublehead Gap Rd and proceed 2 miles to FS 42 and Wildlife Management Area Sign on LEFT.

7. TURN LEFT on Wildlife Management Area/ FS 42 (gravel road) and proceed 6.9 miles to PARKING AREA on left.


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1. From the Gold Museum/Old Courthouse in downtown Dahlonega, go about 200 yards on East Main Street to the first traffic light and turn left on North Grove Street (aka Business US Hwy 19 north toward Blairsville).

2. Continue 1 mile and Wagon Wheel Restaurant will be on right.

3. From the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, continue 0.3 mile on Hwy 19 to Oak Grove Rd on left.

4. Turn LEFT on Oak Grove and proceed 3.9 miles to four-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. and cross over the Etowah River. At 0.6 mile, the pavement ends.

7. Proceed 0.8 mile 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, pick up FS 42.

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. Take FS 42 (generally straight) and proceed about 2 Miles to Springer Mountain Parking Area on right.




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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