Find Your Adventure in Blue Ridge
On April 13, 2013 Blue Ridge officially became the Benton MacKaye Trail Town in Georgia and also the first Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) Trail Town. Blue Ridge, located on the four-lane US76/Hwy 515 corridor from Atlanta into the North Georgia Mountains, serves as a gateway to outdoor recreational opportunities in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Due to its close proximity (3 miles) to the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT), Blue Ridge is a perfect fit for the Trail Town designation. This Trail Town concept is much broader than just the BMT, however. Fannin County, where Blue Ridge is located, has numerous hiking, biking and horse trails as well as a canoe trail on the Toccoa River and a Trout Adventure Trail sponsored by Trout Unlimited. The Appalachian Trail and the BMT both start at Springer Mountain located in Fannin County. The western trail head for the challenging Duncan Ridge Trail starts at Three Forks. The Aska Adventure Area on Aska Road has a number of hiking/mountain biking trails. In addition, Blue Ridge is centrally located and near to such areas as the Cohutta/Big Frog Wilderness with numerous trails and the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Tennessee with its Tanasi Trail System for hikers and bikers. All told, there are more than 100 trails within an hourís drive.
Blue Ridge is the perfect base for persons desiring day outings on trails. And for thru hikers, it is about 50 miles from the start of the BMT at Springer Mountain. Coming south, it is about 42 miles from where it crosses Highway 64 in Tennessee near the Ocoee Whitewater Center. With its numerous businesses including restaurants and accommodation facilities, it is a great place to come off the trail, resupply, freshen up, have a delicious meal, and get a good nightís sleep in a comfortable bed. Businesses such as outfitting stores, laundromats and shuttle service are available. For information on services useful to trail users and other outdoor recreationalists, go to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber site also includes maps and driving directions to numerous trail heads and other places of interest such as water falls in the area.
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