Hike along the Appalachian Trail or the Benton MacKaye Trail. They have the same starting point at the southern tip of the County. The Benton MacKaye Trail passes within three miles of Blue Ridge as it heads northwest to Tennessee. The closest point on the Appalachian Trail, which heads northeast to North Carolina and on to Maine, is about a 45-minute drive from town. Experienced hikers may choose to explore the 35,000-acre Cohutta Wilderness Area, the largest protected wilderness east of the Mississippi River. The Aska Trails is a 17-mile system of hiking and mountain biking trails with views of Lake Blue Ridge and the mountains. Ocoee Adventure Center offers guided mountain bike rides and bike rentals.

Directions to Hiking Trails

Moderate: Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails. In addition to whitewater sports, the center has a one-mile hiking tail which crosses a 330 foot suspension bridge and circles the center. The trail is entirely accessible for those who are physically challenged. There are an additional 20 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

From Blue Ridge take GA 5 north to McCaysville, then turn left on Tennessee Hwy 68. In Ducktown take US64 west 6 miles to the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the left. Ducktown, TN 37326. Phone: 423-496-5197; Tollfree: 877-692-6050. Hours: 9-5. Payment types accepted: Cash, Personal check.

Most Difficult: Jacks River Falls. Located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Jacks River, this beautiful waterfall is the most visited site in the Cohutta and is reached by a 3.5 mile trail thought rugged wilderness. it is highly recommended to get the USFS map of the Cohutta Wilderness and carry the 10 essentials. For the shortest hike in, approach from the northwest access point....