Best Spring (& Fall!) 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. In the Fall, you the views are even more amazing with the changing of the leaves.
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.
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, slightly steep 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.
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. It’s worth the trip!
A father and son hike across the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge in Blue Ridge, GA.
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.
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 but steep .9 mile hike to the summit.