Nearby hiking trails offer breath taking views of beautiful waterfalls, mountain summits, river valleys and a swinging bridge. With brilliant fall foliage, glistening winter frosts, springtime flowers and starry summer nights, it’s always a great time to take a hike!

Hiking Trails Near Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

Appalachian TrailYear RoundGeorgia 78.1 milesEasy to strenuousCovers 14 states from Georgia to Maine for a grand total of 2,193 miles. Begins in Georgia nearby the hatchery at Springer Mountain and ranges in elevation from 2,510 to 4,461 feet. Offers scenic and wildlife views. 
Benton MacKaye Trail

Year Round

Georgia 80.0 milesEasy to strenuousCovers 280 miles through 3 states: Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. The Georgia portion includes the well-known Toccoa River Swinging Bridge which is just a few miles from the hatchery. The trail offers scenic and wildlife views.

For more information about the Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail, please call the U.S. Forest Service 706-745-6928 or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy 304-535-6331.

Swinging bridge on Benton MacKaye Trail crossing the Toccoa River