Blue Ridge GA Hiking

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Blue Ridge GA Hiking
Two of the greatest outdoor hiking adventures in the world begin at the southern border of Fannin County. Both the Appalachian and the Benton MacKaye Trail start at the top of Springer Mountain. The Appalachian Trail, better known and longer of the trails, begins a 2,000+ mile journey to Maine through many of the states on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The Benton MacKaye, more remote than the Appalachian Trail, begins a 286 mile trek along the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, rejoining the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Hike the Benton MacKaye (named for the person who envisioned the Appalachian Trail) north and at 14.4 miles it crosses the pristine Toccoa River on a structure known simply as the "Swinging Bridge." It is the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi and was built by the Forest Service and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club in the mid-1970's. The Benton MacKaye continues through some very remote areas of Fannin County for approximately 54 miles, where it then enters Tennessee from Fannin's Cohutta Wilderness.  For more information on the Benton MacKaye Trail, check out the Benton MacKaye Trail Assocation website

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Karyn Smith Woody, Realtor


Harry Norman Realtors

Blairsville Office- 63 Murphy Hwy - Blairsville, GA 30512


706-745-3000 Office

706-897-0956 Cell


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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

 About the closest we've come to the Applichian Trail Karyn Smith Woody is DRIVING along Blue Ridge Parkway and Altanta to Chatanooga to Asheville.   It's beautiful scenery any time of year.  If you are looking to purchase or sell, call Karyn Smith Woody TODAY!

Apr 11, 2015 05:35 AM