NORTH GEORGIA TRAILS ARE A NATURAL GIFT IN FALL

During the transition from summer to fall, the heat begins to subside, and the higher trails in North Georgia come alive with color and activity. For those who love to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, this is the time!

FALL HIGHWAY SCENEThough thousands of miles of diverse trails exist in the Peach State, the following list includes a few that are certainly worthy of exploration:

The Andrews Cove Trail follows an old logging road parallel to Andrews Creek. This trail is 2 miles long and provides access to the Appalachian Trail and Forest Service Road 283 at Indian Grave Gap.
Fishing for trout in Andrews Creek is also popular among visitors. Check State fishing regulations before fishing.

For More Information
Contact USDA Forest Service
Chattooga Ranger District
Phone: (706)754-6221

Directions: Take Georgia 75 north from Helen for approximately 5.5 miles.

Frank Gross Campground is located along the banks of Rock Creek and far from civilization, this area offers camping, hiking and trout fishing. There are nine campsites with picnic tables, tent pads and grills.
Hikers can enjoy the Appalachian Trail nearby and it can be accessed easily from Forest Service Road 69. Another beautiful hike is along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the north of Frank Gross; this trail crosses the Toccoa River on a suspension bridge that is 260 feet long.   Fishing in Rock Creek and Mill Creek for stocked and wild trout is popular. The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery is located on Rock Creek also.

Directions: From Blue Ridge, take Hwy. 76 east for 5 miles to Morganton; turn right on Hwy. 60 south for 15 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 69 for 5 miles.
For More Information contact USDA Forest Service Toccoa Ranger District (706) 632-3031.

Mulky Campground is located along beautiful Cooper Creek, this recreation area offers camping, hiking and fishing. The camping area is across the road from the creek, and offers 11 sites with picnic tables and grills. Hikers can enjoy the Yellow Mountain Trail, which follows an old logging road for 3.6 miles through forests of hemlock, pine, and hardwood. Other hiking trails that originate nearby include the 2.4-mile Mill Shoals Trail, and the Cooper Creek Trail, which is a 0.4-mile connecting trail.  Fishing in Cooper Creek and in Mulky Creek for stocked and wild trout is popular.  Cooper Creek Scenic Area joins Cooper Creek Recreation Area and features 1,240 acres with hiking trails and fishing more tributaries of Cooper Creek.

Directions: From Blue Ridge, take Hwy. 76 east for 5 miles to Morganton; turn right on For More Information, contact USDA Forest Service, Toccoa Ranger District, (706) 632-3031.

DeSoto Falls Campground is located in the north Georgia mountains, this area offers camping, hiking, and fishing along beautiful Frogtown Creek. Desoto Falls Recreation Area offers 24 campsites equipped with tent pads, picnic tables and grills. Hiking along the 2-mile Desoto Falls Trail is a popular activity among visitors. The first mile of the trail is fairly easy and leads to two waterfalls. The last mile of the trail is considerably more difficult and strenuous.  Fishing in Frogtown Creek with a State fishing license and trout stamp for native and stocked trout is also popular.

Directions: Take U.S. 129 north from Cleveland for 15 miles, or Hwy. 19 north from Dahlonega for about 18 miles.

For More Information, contact USDA Forest Service Brasstown Ranger District at (706) 745-6928.

Dockery Lake Campground overlooks Dockery Lake and is nestled deep off the side of a mountain. This recreation area offers camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing. The area offers 11 campsites with tables and tent pads.  Hikers can enjoy the 3.4-mile Dockery Lake Trail, which provides access to the Appalachian Trail.  Dockery Gap Scenic Overlook offers another spectacular view of north Georgia, and Woody Gap offers a breathtaking view as well. The Appalachian Trail also can be accessed at Woody Gap.

Directions: Take Georgia 60 north from Dahlonega for 12 miles, turn right (east) on Forest Service Road 654 for 1 mile.

For More Information, contact USDA Forest Service Brasstown Ranger District at (706) 745-6928.

Lake Conasauga Campground – This beautiful 19-acre lake is the highest in Georgia. Visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating (electric motors only) and fishing. Campers have 35 campsites to choose from, equipped with grills, tables and tent pads.  Hikers can enjoy the 1.2-mile Lake Conasauga Trail, the 1.7-mile Songbird Trail or the Grassy Mountain Tower Trail (2 miles).

Directions: Take U.S. 411 north from Chatsworth for 4 miles; turn right (east) at traffic light in Eton; Follow Forest Service Road 18 east for 10 miles; turn left (northeast) on Forest Service Road 68 for 10 miles.

For More Information, contact USDA Forest Service Cohutta Ranger District at (706) 695-6736.

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