Making Your own Adventure in Blue Ridge, Georgia
The words Blue Ridge and adventure are often used in the same sentence. You will hear of Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure, Experience the Blue Ridge Adventure, and so on. So in this article we will focus on only one area where the adventure is almost endless. Where adventure meets reality, where the sky and the earth meet, where the cool mountain streams create waterfalls and rivers, and fine dining is easily within reach. Where is this, only the Aska Adventure Area, of course.
The Aska Adventure area is a recently named area in Fannin County that is to the south of town and got it’s name from being Aska Rd. Aska Road is a 13.1 mile long road that leads from the center of Fannin County southward towards what is known as the tail of Fannin County. The reason adventure are got added to create the term is all of the things to do along this short 13.1 mile stretch of country road.
Stating about 2 miles on Aska Rd. from Blue Ridge there is access to Lake Blue Ridge. The adventure here can start at the boat ramp and Green Creek, and the Green Creek Recreation Area. A great place to bring the pic nik basket and have a lakeside lunch followed by a canoe ride or a swim in Green Creek. In the summer time Green Creek is part of Lake Blue Ridge, as the water backs up into the natural cove creating lake frontage for several homes. In the winter time the Blue Ridge Lake is drawn down to winter pool, and the Green Creek area turns into a tributary to the main body of the lake.
About another two miles down Aska Rd. you will begin to ascend Deep Gap, one of the highest elevations in Fannin County. Just after you crest Deep Gap there will be a parking area on the right side of the road. This is a trail access to the Green Mountain Trail. This trail is part of the Aska Adventure Trail System. The Aska Trail System, on Aska Road is access to many trails. They are Stanley Gap Trail, Flat Creek Loop Trail, Flat Creek Connector, Benton Mckay Trail (the largest spur of the Appalachian Trail), Upper Green Mountain, Lower Green Mountain, Long Branch Connector , and the Long Branch Loop Trail. For more and specific information on these trails please click the link for the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, where they have made maps showing the Aska Adventure Trail System.
Another couple of miles own Aska Rd. there is a left turn on Shady Falls Rd. This is a private area tat goes all the way over to front Lake Blue Ridge. A quick ride through this area and you will see homes ranging from cabins in the woods, to multi million dollar homes, that some are primary residences and some are second homes. Off of Shady Falls Rd. is another road named Turkey Farm Road. Turkey Farm Rd. was named this because when the United States Forest Service use to have a turkey farm on this road. This is where they bred turkeys and helped to create the plentiful amount of turkeys that have made a habitat in this area for years and years. Also, on Turkey Farm Rd., is the Turkey Farm Loop, which is a Blue Ridge Georgia Mountain Biking Trail. For more information on the Turkey Farm Loop Trail, please click the following: Turkey Farm Loop Trail Info Section. This trail goes by Lake Blue Ridge and has minimal elevation, but passes by many beautiful homes and down to the Toccoa River.
Back out on Aska Rd. another couple of miles you will start to see the Toccoa River, but only after passing the Flat Creek Loop and Connector. After starting to see the Toccoa River you will notice a pull off on the left side of the road at “the rapids”. This is a place where many tubers, kayakers, and canoers get out at. On past the rapids you will see the Lily Pad Village on the left. Here is a great place to do some fishing in the pond or some mountain side putt putt. Past the Lily Pad Village, at the 8 mile mark down Aska Rd. you will see the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. Restaurateur, Tim Richter, has put the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant on the map. The restaurant is a river front master piece, this is recently rebuilt due to a fire several years ago that completely took down the restaurant. Tim’s heart was still to satisfy customers through their stomachs and he rebuilt the restaurant to a brand new log style building with outdoor dining, a full bar, outdoor fire pit by the river, and a large room in the basement for private events and parties.
Also, at the 8 mile mark on Aska Rd., directly across from the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, is Stanley Creek Rd. This is a road that changes name about half way thru and connects at the other end to Hwy 515 at Rock Creek Road and at Rock Creek Church. But on the Stanley Creek side there is Fall Branch Falls, a Georgia’s Blue Ridge Waterfall Hiking Trail. This is a very easy trail to a beautiful natural waterfall, with many layers of rock that the water cascades over, but the trek is through some of the most beautiful mountain laurel you have ever seen. This trail is definitely one that should be on your to do list.
Back out to Aska Road and a turn to the right will take you about 1 more mile to Shallowford Bridge, and Shallowford Bridge Road. The Shallowford Bridge is an old iron bridge that spans the Toccoa River. Here is the first spot to start taking in the Toccoa River. Shallowford Bridge Tubing is here, and this is a place for take out for several other tubing companies as well. Toccoa Valley Campground tubing has a take out just south of the bridge. Tubing on the upper Toccoa is a wonderful day trip for all the members of the family. But, before you get off of Shallowford Bridge Rd. you can go to the Sandy Bottoms Canoe Launch and The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. Sandy Bottoms is a public access in the United States National Forest that you can access the river for launching and take out from the Toccoa River. The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is an awesome experience that can only be described as a fun hike with a water adventure, and a rope swinging bridge that crosses the river.
Back to Aska Rd. and continue south and you will come to Noontootla Creek. Noontootla Creek is home to some awesome trout fishing in the Blue Ridge, GA area. After all, Fannin County is the trout capital of Georgia, and Noontootla Creek is one of the reasons. Just a few miles upstream from where Noontootla Creek crosses the Aska Road is Noontootla Creek Farms. Noontootla Creek Farms is home to some serious action and adventure. They have over two miles of privately owned trout streams, a 3 D archery course, game bird hunting trips, and a full skeet course. So if you are into fishing and shooting, this is definitely your spot. The Noontootla Creek Farms consist of almost 2000 acres of family land that has been in the same family for many generations.
From where Noontootla Creek Farms intersects with Aska Rd. there is only about a ¼ of a mile to the end of Aska Rd., but this is not where the adventure ends. There are many more places in southern Fannin County that home to some exciting and fun outdoor excitement. Now you can see where Aska Adventure Area gets its name. With all that has been written in this article about the Aska Adventure Area there are still more things that a family can get into on Aska Rd. One of the biggest is rentin g a cabin in the Aska Adventure Area. There are many cabin rentals on Aska Rd. and they have some great views of the mountains, Rich Mountain Wildlife Area, overlook downtown Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge lake front cabin rentals, and Toccoa River front cabin rentals.
So come to Blue Ridge and get an Aska Adventure packed stay for you and your family, one that they will surely never forget, and all on one road.