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
ÜFannin 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 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.

Opportunities for Scouts
Plan a hike on the Trout Adventure Trail for fun, achievement, awards, 
education, conservation and more!

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plan hikes for many reasons. Hikes may be planned as a fun activity or to build camaraderie, confidence, or physical stamina. The educational and advancement achievement opportunities for a hike should not be underestimated. Here are a few ideas that can be planned well for your group, but your imagination is the only limitation for learning and earning out on the Trout Adventure Trail!

For example, Boy Scout and Venture Scout leaders may plan a hike to allow some of the participants to achieve their Second Class 5-mile hike requirement. If so, the hike would need to be at least 5 miles in length, and the scouts would need to use a compass and map together for the hike. The hike could also be helpful in achieving other Second Class rank requirements, such as Leave No Trace, demonstrating the use of a map, and identifying wild animals. See

Long Creek on the Trout Adventure Trail

Fun in the water on the Trout Adventure Trail is often
combined with learning about aquatic environments of the Appalachian Mountains and the animals that live in them.

Ü Second Class Rank Requirements. In a similar manner, achievement, skills and knowledge for advancement for other ranks and merit badges also may be accomplished on the Trout Adventure Trail.

Cub Scout and Webelos requirements may also be accomplished on the Trout Adventure Trail.  For example, Ü Belt Loops and Pins may be achieved for Ü Hiking, Ü Map and Compass and Ü Wildlife Conservation. The Trout Adventure Trail is a great place to work toward rank advancement, belt loops and pins and the enriching knowledge that surround them. Best of all, the learning is fun and often hands-on. 

Rest stop atop Springer Mountain on the Appalachian Trail.

Girl Scouts take a break atop Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Girl Scouts (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors) treat   achievement and advancement in a flexible manner emphasizing experiences   and learning. Girl Scouts earn badges, hike and camp, protect the planet and   much more. Hiking on the Trout Adventure Trail fits within a number of the tracksavailable for Girl Scouts and their leaders to pursue.

For example, at the Brownie level, the Ü Wonders of Water skills and awards,   including “Hiker” may be the subject of a Brownie trip to the Trout Adventure   Trail. Opportunities exist for other age levels within Girl Scouting.

For information on Girl Scout activities and awards, see Ü Program Basics on the Ü Girl Scouts website.



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