By now I have mentioned multiple festivals and various other fall activities that you should add to your bucket list~ This #11 idea is for those that absolutely love nature and some physical activity. Hiking is truly one of my all time fall favorites! Listed below are some ideas near the Blue Ridge area that have trails for beginners as well as challenge the individual that is used to hiking regularly.
Two of the greatest outdoor 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, 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 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.
You may be surprised at how much you enjoy hiking if you have never done it before. Get the kids out and do it with them! Do it before the weather gets too cold! Have a blast and enjoy seeing all of God’s beauty in the mountains.