Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 112

White County, Georgia Cowrock Mountain is a chunky and substantial mountain with dramatic, bald-faced slides on its slopes. Appalachian Trail through hikers and section backpackers enjoy the vistas to the southeast from the open rock just below the summit, and many day-hikers make the journey, as well, to take in the sweeping, panoramic views. (Photo credit – Jack Anthony) Enjoy year-round trout fishing in White County on numerous stocked trophy trout streams including the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. Unicoi Outfitters offer trophy trout fishing on several private streams managed for trophy trout located in Helen, GA and has been named a 2015 ‘Orvis Dealer of the Year’ Award Finalist. Where Mother Nature Comes to Play... An Outdoor Adventure Every Day. Every day is an adventure in White County, Georgia, where visitors can find over 20 waterfalls, 7 wineries, and 3 State Parks including Georgia's newest Adventure Lodge at Unicoi State Park. Fishing enthusiasts have access to over 333 miles of trout streams, 14 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail with highway access points and over 28 miles of national forest trails. Outdoor adventures are endless from Cleveland to Helen to the historic Sautee Nacoochee Valley. Nestled in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, White County has a unique, year-round outdoor playground. From the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River located on Tray Mountain in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, the outdoor adventurers “playground” is created. 110 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors Hiking, mountain biking, climbing and backpacking are activities for thrill-seekers in over 40,000 acres of national forest. Smoky Mountain Trader, an Appalachian Trail Conservancy Designated Outfitter, can outfit hikers for walks in the woods or for a 2400-mile trek on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Mountain bike enthusiasts revel at the challenge of the 7.5 mile course developed for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Mountain Biking competition. Professional mountain-bike outfitter, Woody’s Mountain Bikes, provides bikes to fit all skill levels for ages 12 to 60+ to ride more than 60 trails in the mountains. Road biking is very popular; roads go from rolling farmland to the mountains where Tour De Georgia, a U.S. professional cycling stage race attracted professional cyclists from around the world including former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. The mountains give rise to springs which flow to creeks tumbling over cliffs and massive boulders. Area waterfalls