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.
The headquarters 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
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
Georgia Mountain Outfitters.
Hike ... Learn
Patch awards commemorate fun, education
a few hours, a day, a weekend, maybe even a week on the Trout
Adventure Trail and earn a commemorative patch
signifying your commitment and achievement.
Who can earn a basic official patch?
Any person who hikes any
part of any one of the
Trout Adventure Trail is eligible for the
exclusive official patch provided by Trout Unlimited (one patch per
person). An adult (parent, youth leader, teacher)
must confirm completion of the segment of the trail hiked.
SEE NOTE BELOW.
Patches can be obtained at any of the
trial headquarters (listed below). Patches will be provided
to the adult responsible for providing the names and ages of
children and the names of adults who hiked on the trail.
NOTE: Children under
the age of 18 are eligible for successive patches if they
take separate hikes on the Trout Adventure Trail more than
five (5) days apart. A child
may earn up to two standard
patches per year for qualifying hikes.
Example: Hiker A. Jones, who is 13 years old, hikes the
‹GREEN route with her Girl
troop on Oc tober 13, 2012 and returns on October 20, 2012
with her parents
and hikes the
‹BLUE route to Long Creek Falls.
Jones is eligible for a patch for each
hike and will next be
eligible to earn more patches in 2013.
12 MILER patch available for
The 12 MILER patch is awarded to those
hikers who complete all segments of the Trout Adventure Trail
(‹GOLD route or equivalent). The segments may be completed in any
order and segments may be completed on successive trips,
provided all segments are completed by December 31, 2016.
Segments may be completed on separate trips. For example, it
does not matter if the ‹GOLD route is completed as described on
the trail description or in a different sequence, going in
different directions or at different times.
The hiker must
provide verification from an adult leader or parent that all
segments were completed and the date or dates each segment or
the entire hike was/were completed. Segments can be completed on
separate trips. For example, it does not matter if the
‹GOLD route is
completed as described on the trail description or in a
going in different directions or at
Once all segments are completed, report
completion at one of the Headquarters to receive your 12 Miler
Patch. Youth hikers must provide verification from an adult
leader or parent that all segments were completed.
How do you apply for a patch?
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
152 Orvin Lance Drive
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
|US Forest Service -- Blue
2041 Highway 515 W
|North Georgia Mountain
14244 Highway 515N, Suite 1200
Ellijay, GA 30540
Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters
500 East Main
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters -- Copperhill
108 Ocoee Street
Copperhill, TN 37317
The Outside World
471 Quill Drive
Cost of patches is underwritten by
Trout Unlimited and the sponsors of the Trout Adventure Trail.