Let’s play a word association game. Mountains.
Now, if you’re like me when you think mountains, the first word that comes to mind is winter. Mountains equal high elevation which means snow. Thus, the first thing I think of when I think mountains is winter. Of course, all four seasons come to the Blue Ridge Mountains like any other region not in the tropics (they have a dry season and wet season if you’re curious), but I always associate mountains with winter, despite that simple fact. When I think of mountains, I never think about what I could do in the spring. So, what can you do up here in the spring?
Ironically, I’ve come to the conclusion that nearly every activity that I do in the mountains I do in spring. These include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and rafting and tubing to name just a few.
Let’s start with hiking. I personally prefer to hike in the spring or fall. I’m a person that doesn’t like the cold. Just last week as you can tell from our Facebook page, it snowed a lot up here. It was beautiful, but I doubt many were out hiking in that weather. If you wait until summer to hike, then it gets far too hot for you to comfortably hike in Georgia.
We have two very famous hiking trials locally. There’s the Appalachian Trail, stretching 2,000 miles all the way up to Maine from its starting point at SpringerMountain. Also, starting at SpringerMountain is the Benton MacKaye Trail that ends at Big Creek in the Great Smoky MountainsNational Park. Other than the two famous ones, there are over 300 miles of hiking in the area, including ones for beginners.
Many of those trails are also used for horseback riding. From personal experience, I can tell you that nothing beats riding up into the mountains just to get away from busy-ness. We’ve plenty of trails to choose from. There are also several riding stables that specialize in family trail rides for kids of almost ages.
Want to fish? Choose from 100 miles of rivers, creeks, and streams. Just to name a few: Jack’s River, ConasaugaRiver, ToccoaRiver, Rock Creek, Noontootla Creek and CooperCreek. Be sure to consult the Georgia Guide to Trout Fishing for all the info you might need.
Finally, there’s rafting and tubing. If you want to float down the Toccoa, put in above the LakeBlue Ridge dam or below McCaysville—but the best is rafting the Ocoee. There’s nothing like paddling hard as your guide navigates through the rapids.