Best Spring Hikes

Check out some of our favorite trails and waterfalls

Spring hiking is a special treat. The wildflowers are starting to pop up, the waterfalls are flowing with a winter’s worth of rain and the summit views are simply stunning.

Before heading out, heed your inner Boy Scout and BE PREPARED. Take plenty of water and snacks in a daypack, and be aware that the days can still be cool — especially as you gain elevation. Also, stop by one of the Fannin County Visitors Centers for maps and directions.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

For an easy walk, the Whitewater Center has a 1-mile path that crosses a 330-foot suspension bridge. You’ll also find 30 more miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers here, just over the line into Tennessee.

Aska Trails

These hiking and biking trails are accessible year-round and consist of several different routes of varying length and difficulty. It’s a popular spot thanks to easy access about 4.4 miles down Aska Road in Blue Ridge.

Fall Branch Falls

Take the 15-minute hike to the double waterfall and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful pines, mountain laurel and rhododendron growing along the trail and creek bank. Access the trail from Stanley Creek Road, about 8 miles out Aska Road.

Swinging Bridge

The Benton MacKaye Trail crosses the Toccoa River here via a scenic 260-foot suspension bridge. Access FS 816 off Hwy. 60 and drive 3 miles on a rough gravel road to the parking area.

 

Long Creek Falls

At the southeast end of the county, this trail begins as a gradual hike alongside beautiful Long Creek. You’ll make three short ascents before reaching the blue-blazed side trail that leads to the falls.

Springer Mountain

The famous Appalachian Trail begins here and travels 2,190 miles north to Maine. The Benton MacKaye Trail also starts here, but separates from the AT near the Long Creek Falls trail. From the parking lot, it’s a short .9 mile hike to the summit.