Rivers, Waterways, Waterfalls and Fishing

Fannin County is a crisscross maze of waterways from babbling springs to rushing creeks to roaring rivers. The Toccoa River, Rock Creek, Coopers Creek and Noontoola Creek are considered regional waterways that hold the characteristics required for anglers to find big trout.

Toccoa River

The Toccoa River flows through the very heart and length of Fannin County. Above Lake Blue Ridge the Toccoa River is stocked with trout regularly. Below the dam the catching is usually plentiful. Many anglers like to float-fish from the dam downstream to McCaysville. Water levels can rise suddenly, you would be advised to check the dates and times for water releases from Blue Ridge Dam at 800-238-2264 before your trip.

The land along the many waterways in the county are either privately owned or under the National Forest's management and you'll need to understand which land is which if you intend to access the waterways.

National Forest System lands are open to camping, hiking, fishing, and picnic activities. However, you are responsible for removing all trash you create.

Fishing is allowed on segments of the Toccoa River where one or both sides are National Forest System Lands, provided anglers are legally licensed and comply with all state fishing regulations. Otherwise you must obtain permission from private property owners to access the river or even fish from a boat, should it be privately owned on both sides of the river.

The local forestry office can help you with that info, Toccoa Ranger District, 6050 Appalachian Highway, Blue Ridge, GA, 706-632-3031.

Fannin County Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge over Toccoa River

This 265 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. Just south of Skeenah Gap Road along GA 60 is a forestry road and trail crossing for the Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trail. The forestry road is located along the west side of GA 60. To reach the swinging bridge you can follow this rough and bumpy forestry road for three miles and park at the end of the road.

In 1976 the Forest Service, along with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club replaced a dangerous ford of the Toccoa River in this area. The bridge, built by a private contractor, was completed in 1977 and has become a landmark in Fannin County and a popular camping spot in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

A hike from the parking area to the swinging bridge and Toccoa River takes about 5-minutes and is moderate in difficulty to hike.

Horseshoe Bend Park on the Toccoa River

Neighboring the town of Mineral Bluff is Horseshoe Bend Park located along the beautiful waters of the Toccoa River. This excellent riverside park is within a natural setting adding to the essence and wonder of this riverside experience.

A large pavilion filled with tables, grills located close by and a nearby playground make this setting perfect for group gatherings and reunions. Yet it's the river access that draw visitors along its banks whether they're fishing from dry land, wadding deep in its smooth flowing water or just gazing at the sunset glistening off its water.

This park is perfect for use as a launch or takeout for tubing, canoe adventures or small fishing boats.

Deep Hole Access to the Toccoa River

Located along the bank of the Toccoa River with 8 campsites for small trailers or tents, restrooms and drinking water. This is an ideal location for a canoe launch and has fishing access. A wooden deck along the riverbank overlooks a deep hole in the river giving this location its namesake.

Shallowford Bridge

Located along Aska Road in the small mountain community of Due in Fannin County, is the Shallowford Bridge. This section near the bridge is a popular river access for fishing, tubing and canoe takeout.

Doublehead Road Canoe Launch

This is one of the most scenic canoe launch areas along the upper Toccoa River and easily accessed just off GA 60 along Doublehead Road.

Doublehead is a paved roadway to the bridge and the river's edge, approximately and mile or so from GA 60

Jacks and Conasauga Rivers

Both the Jacks and Conasauga Rivers flow through the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Even though they are on public lands, they are Forestry Fish Hatcheryfairly remote and only accessible by unpaved forestry roads. Other popular fishing areas are Shallowford Bridge, Tammen Park and Horseshoe Bend Park. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources publishes a comprehensive trout-fishing guide to Georgia, available at the Fannin County Welcome Center.

If you're a real fish lover, you can visit the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery located at the extreme southern end of the Fannin County and Union County border near the Deep Hole and Coopers Creek recreation areas.

This is a great experience for the whole family especially those young, future great fishing guys and gals. The hatchery is located between the towns of Morganton and Dahlonega along Highway 60.

Fall Branch Falls & other Fannin County Waterfalls

Falls Branch Falls Waterfall

If you prefer hiking along waterways to fishing there are numerous waterway trails throughout the county that offer access to stunning waterfalls and cascading streams, great photo opportunities for hikers throughout the National Forest in Fannin County. The names of several of these popular waterfalls are Long Creek Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Sea Creek Falls and Jacks River Falls.

Fannin County Welcome Center in Blue Ridge Georgia

Georgia's Blue Ridge

Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge. Relax in a mountain cabin overlooking peaceful ridges and valleys. Explore charming mountain towns. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Discover our rivers, streams, lakes and waterfalls. Hike, fish, shop or simply relax.

Stop by the "Welcome Center" when you come to Blue Ridge for brochures and maps to make your trip more enjoyable.

Art Galleries & Shopping in Blue Ridge Georgia

The Art Center at Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is passionate about art. Our Art Center Team is devoted to bringing new exhibits, new events, and new programs to our community through art and culture. We endeavor to provide a haven for artists to flourish and grow. We measure success by the success of our artists and the many galleries that help to make up our Art Town in the mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia. We boast the largest Gallery Experience in the North Georgia Mountains, come visit us and experience a true Art Town in the Mountains.

The Art Center at Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

The Art Station was created to provide economical pricing for supplies for artists and for our art classes for children and adults. We surveyed our artists to determine the supplies most needed and we are adding to that inventory every day with requests from our artist members.

We encourage you to visit, check out our supplies. “Art, We are it!”

Lodging Fannin County in the North Georgia Mountains

Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge Georgia

Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals offers many vacation rental cabins which allow you to experience a little piece of heaven every time you visit. Our private luxury cabins provide a getaway retreat for couples, families and friends who love nature and the outdoors. Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals manages these privately owned luxury cabin rentals, all of which are located within minutes of Blue Ridge, Georgia and the beautiful Ocoee River and Toccoa River.

Blue Ridge Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals

Escape the stress of your daily life and enjoy the year-round peaceful surroundings of all of our upscale, privately owned North Georgia mountain cabins. All of our cabins are furnished with tasteful, cabin decor and have all the amenities needed to make your stay a comfortable one. Our cabins feature gas log or wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, gas grills, Cable/Satellite TV and high-speed Internet.

Blue Ridge Lodge and Spa in Blue Ridge Georgia

Escape to our beautiful North Georgia Mountains as we invite you to experience true southern hospitality. Whether traveling for business or a quite mountain getaway, our goal is to make your stay one to remember. The Blue Ridge Lodge by Comfort Inn & Suites is nestled in Blue Ridge, Georgia, the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. Our mountain lodge style architecture provides the warmth and comfort of your "home away from home" with all the amenities you would expect from a first class hotel.

Douglas Inn & Suites

Douglas Inn and Suites in Blue Ridge Georgia

After a seven year hiatus our family is delighted to be back in Blue Ridge and managing the first Inn we ever built. We live on site to ensure all aspects of our business can be properly taken care of in order to meet our guest expectations. Whether you are vacationing, on a business trip or just simply getting away for the weekend, you'll have an enjoyable, relaxing stay at Douglas Inn & Suites in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Adventure in and around Blue Ridge Georgia

Whitewater Rafting

The Ocoee River is often described as the roller coaster of the southeast. Come experience what has been called the greatest whitewater center in the world.  

Professional river outfitter with over 30 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

Canopy Tours on the Nantahala Gorge, Chattooga Ridge and Pigeon River

Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US. All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US. All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.

Fishing Trips in the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Great mountain adventures is offering the "Best Fishing" available in the Mountains. We create a fishing trip, designed specifically towards your needs with a professional fishing guide to guide you to make the most of your fishing adventure on the Finest Lakes, Rivers and Streams in the Southern Appalachians!

Trout Treks • Bass Fishing • Wade Trips • Pan Fishing • Fly Fishing Instruction • Private Trophy Trout Waters • Drift Boat Trips. So much water to choose from and an adventure you'll never forget.

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Real Estate Fannin County in the North Georgia Mountains

Country Corners Real Estate in the North Georgia Mountains

We are happy to help you with all of your real estate needs.  We offer mountain log cabins, view property, river and creek property, lake front homes and property and large tracts of North Georgia Mountain Property.   The Blue Ridge Mountains are fast becoming one of the most desired second home markets anywhere in the US. The North Georgia Area provides the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Toccoa and Ocoee Rivers, and Lake Blue Ridge.

Tim Noland, Realtor - Buyer's Agent

When looking to buy mountain property, you need someone that not only understands the mountains, you need someone that specifically represents you, the buyer. When you choose to work with a Buyer's Agent you are assured that you have an agent that is truly looking for your best interests, someone that will not only find what you are looking for, but someone that will negotiate the best price possible.

ERA Carolina Mountain Homes in Murphy North Carolina

Based in Murphy NC and serving highly satisfied customers since 1978, ERA Carolina Mountain Homes is a full service real estate office ready to serve YOUR needs.

We cover five mountain region counties in NC and GA - the Murphy, Andrews, Brasstown and Hayesville NC areas; and the Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Young Harris/Hiawassee areas.

Entertainment in Blue Ridge Georgia

Blue Ridge Community Theater

There is nothing like the energy you feel when attending a live performance and we are here to help you experience that feeling. Blue Ridge Community Theater's mission is to enrich the cultural life of residents and visitors through performances, productions and education of all aspects of contemporary and classic theater.  2015 we will be hosting 7 Main Stage Shows with 12 Performances for each show, 8 evenings of music along with 13 Sunny D Performance, our Children's Theater Program.