For those who enjoy hiking, there could be few places better than the North Georgia Mountains. Our area offers several hiking trails to suit any type of trip that you have in mind.
If you're looking for an easy, relaxing hike, perhaps the most worthwhile trip would be to visit the highest point in Georgia: Brasstown Bald. Just a 45 minute drive from Blue Ridge, this paved trail takes you from the parking lot all the way to the mountain's summit, a 1.2 mile hike.
Another great place to go for a shorter hike is the Aska Adventure Area in Blue Ridge. Here, a 17-mile hiking and mountain biking trail system offers several opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without committing to an all day excursion. One trail in this system, The Long Branch Loop is only a 2 mile hike, while the Stanley Gap Trail is 5.5 miles, but more difficult. These trails take hikers through forested areas and feature great views of the surrounding mountains.
But the most famous trails in the North Georgia area are the longest: The Appalachian Trail and The Benton MacKaye Trail. Both trails begin at Springer Mountain in Fannin County (where Blue Ridge is located). These trails cross paths a couple of times before they finally separate. The Appalachian Trail, of course, continues on its over 2000 mile trek to Maine, while the Benton MacKaye continues to journey though the mountains of Fannin County. One landmark along the Benton MacKaye trail is the swinging bridge over the beautiful Toccoa River. At 265 feet, this bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River.
Another great site you might want to check out along the Benton MacKaye trail is one of our great listings: a beautiful lot in Cherry Lake with a bit of the trail running through it.
So whether you're checking out the local landmarks or just taking the family for a Saturday outing, hiking trails in the North Georgia area offer a great opportunity to enjoy time outdoors and to reflect on the natural beauty of such scenic area.