Scenic USA - Georgia

Noontootla Creek

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Noontootla Creek - Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     About 20 miles south of the town of Blue Ridge, a dirt and gravel USFS Road 58 climbs through a dense Chattahoochee National Forest. This area of Fannin County is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia. Just as Aska Road follows the Toccoa River, Forest Road 58 also mirrors Noontootla Creek. As the Noontootla descends toward the Toccoa, fast moving riffles, deep pools and undercut banks provide the perfect habitat for wild trout, an angler's paradise.
     The creek is locked in the shade of a thick tree canopy and the banks are lined with rhododendron. The fast moving stream is littered with rounded stones and truck-sized boulders. Look at the size of that rock! Occasionally, a level river bank area, carpeted in pine needles, makes a cozy camping area. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, serenaded by a cascading brook and having one of the best trout streams at your feet, could this be any better?
     If you’re not into fishing, this section of Fannin County is also a great place for kayaking and tubing. Imagine a lazy float trip down the Toccoa, or taking on the Toccoa River Canoe Trail.
     With three-quarter million acres of forestland, 10 wilderness areas, countless waterfalls, 1300 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of hiking trails, the Blue Ridge district is hard to beat for outdoor adventure and sightseeing.

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