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
Ü North Georgia Mountain Outfitters.  


Commonly asked questions regarding hike planning on the Trout Adventure Trail

  • How long will it take to complete the hikes? 

The time it takes to complete a given hike varies, depending on the route selected, the ages and abilities of the hikers, the amount of time taken for breaks and meals, etc. Little legs need more steps and time to complete a hike. A hike with opportunity for observation and informal education will be more enjoyable.

Generally speaking, the BLUE and RED routes are short enough to complete in less than a half-day, even with young hikers and time spent at the waterfall (BLUE) and Springer Mountain vista site (RED). The GREEN and GOLD routes are designed as full day hikes, but fit hikers can complete them in less than a day by hiking straight through.

  • Trout Adventure Trail hikers' patchCan adults earn a patch for hiking the trail?

Yes, provided they take someone aged 18 or younger with them on the hike, because the purpose of the Trout Adventure Trail is to give kids the opportunity to experience the woods. ÜSee Earning a Patch. 

  • If we do a custom hike of greater than 12 miles that includes the entire set of trail segments, can we qualify for a special 12 miler patch? Can the segments for a 12 miler patch be completed on separate trips? 

12 Miler commemorative award patch
Yes. The "12 Miler" patch is designed to reward hikers who complete all segments of the trail by December 31, 2013. It does not matter if the GOLD route is completed as described on the website or in a different sequence, going in different directions, or at different times. The only requirement is that all segments be completed.ÜSee Earning a Patch.  


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