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 the
of Commerce in Blue Ridge.
About Gilmer County, GA
"Georgia's Apple Capital"
County is Georgiaĺs 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 Georgiaĺs Blue Ridge
the capital and largest town in Gilmer County is an
ôAppalachian Trail Townö and is located about 40 minutes east of the Trout Adventure
Trail. The official
headquarters for the Trout Adventure Trail in Ellijay is
Trout Adventure Trail
What to Bring ... to Hike, Learn and
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a Safe Hike
It is important to be prepared for your hike
depending on the season, weather and length of hike. It takes
good planning to conduct a safe hike.
Ensure that the weakest hiker on
the trip is ready for the physical demands of a hike.
Know where you are going and what
to expect. TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING
AND WHEN YOU EXPECT TO RETURN.
Adjust clothing layers to match
Drink plenty of water.
Protect yourself from exposure to
the sun, biting insects, and poisonous plants.
Take care of your gear.
and ▄maps are available for all segments of
the Trout Adventure Trail. Ensure that the information is
readily available when needed on the trip.
Comfortable shoes: Suitable footwear should be industry
standard. Those with rubber soles and closed toes are best, as
wilderness trails can have rocks and roots that can be a danger
to unprotected toes. Some hiking sandals may work for
appropriate aged children, but flip flops are not advisable. The
trails have some unimproved stream crossings between Three Forks
and Springer Mountain. In cold months, carrying an extra pair of
dry socks is advisable.
clothing includes all layers of clothing and is chosen to be
suitable for the ▄area
weather. Keep in mind that Three Forks and
Springer Mountain are at higher elevations than the towns of
Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Ellijay and the temperatures
generally run a few degrees colder there.
Warm seasons: In warmer
seasons, weather on the Trout Adventure Trail may be cool in the
morning and downright hot in the afternoon. A removable fleece
over-shirt or vest or light jacket can be worn to ward off the
morning chill. Some prefer light long-sleeved shirts and long
pants even in summer to resist scratches, insects, and poison
oak or poison ivy. Others are more comfortable in shorts and
short sleeves, and those who stay on the trails should be able
to get along fine in short sleeves or shorts. Wandering off the
trail is another matter.
Insect repellant is recommended from
spring to fall. Carrying a light rain jacket is highly
recommended, even in summer, if there is a chance of rain. Since
99% of the trails are shaded by trees, sunscreen is not needed
except for persons with especially sensitive skin. On longer
hikes, carrying an extra pair of dry socks is advisable in case
feet get wet crossing streams or due to rain puddles.
Cold seasons: In cold
seasons, dress for comfort by layering. Generally speaking,
fleece or wool is safer than cotton in winter, especially in wet
weather. Good raingear or a waterproof coat is essential in
winter if rain or snow is possible.
Pack it along: A small,
comfortable back or fanny pack is advisable on all hikes for
carrying both essential gear and accessories that make your hike
more fun and educational:
Take care of your gear.
Plenty of water.
Snacks and/or a lunch, depending
on the length of the hike.
Map of trails and a compass for
longer hikes or to demonstrate map reading.
Hiking at or near nightfall is
not recommended. However, it is a good idea to have
a flashlight in case of emergency.
Toilet paper. There are no toilet
facilities in the wilderness. Always bury your waste and toilet
least 6 inches of soil.
Carry one good first aid kit per
Carry Benedryl in seasons with
stinging insects and prescription medicine for those with known
or allergies. Hikers who know they are susceptible to
anaphylactic reactions (and anyone dealing with asthma) should
consult with their physicians to prepare themselves for the
outdoors with strategies and treatment kits, and should
share that information with the leaders of their groups. For
example, the emergency kits carried by people who know
they might suffer from anaphylactic shock often include an
EpiPen« for injecting a measured dose of epinephrine.
Optional: camera, walking stick,
signal whistle, hat.
NOTE: Cell phone
and smart-phone service is iffy to nonexistent on the Trout
For more information about hiking safely,
please see ▄
published by Boy Scouts of America