Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Blue Ridge, Georgia

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If Ellijay is the mountain biking capital of Georgia, then it could be said that Fannin County—home to the town of Blue Ridge—is its fly-fishing counterpart. Because of certain conditions, namely a TVA operated dam that fills nearby rivers and streams with cool, trout-friendly water, Fannin County is home to some of the biggest trout in the southeast. One waterway in Blue Ridge that’s not to be missed is the 16-mile Taccoa River. As a true tailwater fishery, the Toccoa and its tributaries are home wild trout, stockies, and even some lunker-sized holdovers.

In addition to prime trout habitat, Blue Ridge provides access to the Benton MacKaye Trail, the AT by way of Springer Mountain, the Cohutta Wilderness area, and the Aska Adventure Trails Area.


Did you know? Blue Ridge is home to elite bamboo fly rod maker Bill Oyster, whose world famous, hand crafted rods have been commissioned by the likes of Jimmy Carter and Ted Turner.

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