About Fannin County, GA
"Trout Capital of Georgia"
the Georgia State Legislature in 2010 as Trout Capital
Georgia, Fannin County lies in the Appalachian Mountains,
90 miles north of Atlanta, bordering on North Carolina and
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.
for the Trout Adventure Trail in Fannin County is
of Commerce in Blue Ridge.
About Gilmer County, GA
"Georgia's Apple Capital"
County is Georgiaís 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 Georgiaís Blue Ridge
the capital and largest town in Gilmer County is an
ďAppalachian Trail TownĒ and is located about 40 minutes east of the Trout Adventure
Trail. The official
headquarters for the Trout Adventure Trail in Ellijay is
Knowledge From the Trout Adventure Trail
Hands-on education complements the
The Trout Adventure Trail features a hands-on education and
discovery experience enjoyed during hikes on the Appalachian and
Benton MacKaye trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The
educational component informally and subtly complements the
hiking experience and should be
The length of the hikes should
be determined by the age, physical ability, attention-span and
goals of the hikers. Scout groups, other organizations or
families may have different goals for a hike. For example,
knowledge topics can be centered upon ...
entry into hiking and camping
ethics in the outdoors
discovery and identification of local flora/fauna,
especially the trout and their streams!
the sounds and the silence of the natural world.
Supporting these topics and more, the partners of the Trout
Adventure Trail developed the links below to help hikers
discover, observe and take home both the real and intangible
riches of a trek through the Appalachian Mountains.
What is a Watershed?
Leave No Trace
Silence is Golden
Trout Habitat Improvement
Trout Food in Small Mountain
Educational materials for scout leaders, professional
educators, parents, guardians and mentors are always in
development under the combined planning initiatives of the
US Forest Service,
Trout Unlimited and
Boy Scouts of America.
scope of our materials are directed at conservation with an
underlying emphasis of clean water and stream fauna, including
trout, but the scope will also include ancillary topics such as
hiking, map reading, outdoor safety, leave no trace,
photography, forest habitat, forestry, and outdoor careers.
For more information, go to:
Teaching Points of the Trout Adventure Trail.
|Did You Know?
tree, which provides shade and cover for trout
streams in the southeastern US, is under attack by the
Wooly Adelgid, an invasive insect species from Asia.
The Wooly Adelgid
threatens to destroy all our Hemlock trees unless a
man-made solution stops them.
trout native to North Georgia is
not the rainbow trout and
is not the brown trout.
It is the
Trout require cold, clear water
to thrive. The summer
temperatures of the southern Appalachian Mountains can
warm waters above 70 degrees (F), which can kill trout.
Higher altitudes and shade
trees and shrubs keep water cooler and safer for trout.
Trees and shrubs also protect streams from erosion and
Clouded water warms up
faster and also makes it more difficult for trout to
take in oxygen, which hurts chances for their survival.
hiking the Trout Adventure
feel the water temperature of
streams and measure water temperature with a thermometer
if you have one.
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The Appalachian Trail spans more than 2,175 miles from
Georgia to Maine.
The AT was planned, built and marked in the 1920s and
1930s by volunteers in trail hiking clubs under the
leadership of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), a
volunteer-based, nonprofit organization. To this day,
the AT is maintained by volunteers.