Outdoor Adventures

Dahlonega Canoe & Kayaking Outpost - Appalachian Outfitters

Canoe, Kayak & Tubing trips along the beautiful Chestatee & Etowah Rivers

2084 South Chestatee/Highway 60
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Waterfalls & Picnic Spots

Visit Amicalola Falls State Park ust 5 minutes away. The tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

Easy viewing is available by driving to the bottom of the falls by the reflection pool or by driving to the top where a short walk takes you to the top of the falls with a great mountain view.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Walking the built in steps alongside the waterfall can be challenging and fun.

A beautiful spot for a picnic and perfect for a hike with well marked trails through the North Georgia Mountains. A playground is located at the entrance to the park for kids and if you’re feeling really adventurous this is also the beginning of the Appalachian trail…the hike to Maine starts here! Dahlonega and Lumpkin County are the heart of Georgia’s mountain Lakes and waterfalls region.


Edge of the world is located about 10 minutes from Forrest Hills this has become a favorite picnic spot. Parts of this riverside trail are ADA compliant. Picnic lunches are available through Forrest Hills for couples, families and groups.

There are several waterfalls in Dahlonega (Lumpkin County) and many more within an hour’s drive should you feel like taking a scenic tour.

To view all of the waterfalls in the area CLICK HERE to view Jack Anthony’s beautiful arrangement of waterfall photographs and information.

Please note that some are private and access may not be available. Click on the photo of each waterfall to view directions and/or restrictions.

Picnic lunches are available from Forrest Hills Resort ~ Call for details.

Skeet Shooting

COMPLETE RANGE FACILITY…The Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park features 5 stand, wobble trap and 12-station sporting clays ranges. Our emphasis is to provide a quality sporting clays park that is open to the public.

FAMILY FUN!…The Sporting Clays Park is designed for the whole family, from the youthful beginner to the experienced shooter.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC… The Sporting Clays Course offers an inexpensive shooting opportunity and is open to the public on a walk-in basis year round.

EVSC is also home of Cumming Archery Association.

Look for our archery practice range to be available in the near future.


Etowah Valley Sporting Clays

Appalachian Trail

Did you know the Appalachian Trail starts at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia?

The hike to Maine starts just 6 miles from Forrest Hills Resort.

Access to the Appalachian trail in the Dahlonega area

The Appalachian Trail can be accessed from paved state highways at Neels Gap on U. S. Highway 19 and Woody’s Gap on Ga. Highway 60. Gravel surfaced National Forest roads provide access to the trail at Gooch Gap, Cooper Gap, Hightower Gap, Three Forks area and Springer Mountain parking lot.

A General Highway Map of Lumpkin County that shows all roads (including paved roads and gravel surfaced roads) may be obtained from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps that cover the Appalachian Trail in the Dahlonega Area may be obtained from the State of Georgia or many outdoor sporting goods stores.

A Chattahoochee National Forest map showing the AT and Forest Service roads can be purchased at the U. S. Forest Service Visitor Center in Dahlonega.

Whitewater Rafting

Visit the Olympic Ocoee River!

Experience the thrill of nature’s roller coaster on America’s most famous river.

Ocoee Adventure Center Whitewater Rafing in the Blue Ridge Mountains where Adventure is our middle name – and for good reason!

Choose from a selection of whitewater raft trips on the Ocoee River, as well as kayak instruction and mountain bike guided rides and rentals.

A favorite activity for visitors to the area is the Buck Bald downhill ride that provides unbelievable panoramic views from a mountaintop. You ride up in a comfy van, and after a snack and time to take in the scenery, you’ll begin your downhill descent to the banks of the Hiawassee River – six miles of downhill cruising!   50 beautiful miles from Forrest Hills.


Ocoee Adventure Center for whitewater rafting

Trout Fishing

Dahlonega is located in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one third of the county is in the Chattahoochee National Forest making Dahlonega a great place for trout fishing. All of the streams described below are easily accessible from Dahlonega, Ga. and contain stocked rainbow and native rainbow and brown trout except where noted. However, the trophy trout population in the streams has been sharply reduced in recent years by the encroachment by otter.

A valid Georgia Fishing License with a trout stamp is required. Holders of an honorary fishing license do not require trout stamps. It is illegal for an angler to have bait or tackle in his or her possession when that bait and gear is not legal on the stream being fished. Certain streams are open only during fishing season which is from the last Saturday in March until Oct. 31.

All directions below are from downtown Dahlonega. We are located 12 miles west of Dahlonega and closest to the Nimblewill location.


Black Mountain Trout Ponds has multiple ponds full of fresh trout ready for your family.  They are a great place for family fun for all ages.  They provide everything needed to enjoy your experience.  706-747-2582, or visit online here.

Etowah River 
Fishing above Jay Bridge and the Etowah tributaries upstream from the Castleberry bridge to Jay Bridge is limited to the fishing season. The best fishing is probably in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

To reach this area from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp, turn left on FS 28-1 and go 1.6 miles to the Etowah River. Primitive camping areas are upstream on the right. Tributaries include Jones Creek, Montgomery Creek and Nimblewill Creek.

West Fork of the Montgomery Creek 
Montgomery Creek is in the Blue Ridge WMA. To reach this creek from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 and after 0.2 miles turn right onto FS 141 at the Ranger Gym (This road may not be marked and can only be traveled in a vehicle with high suspension). Shortly after passing the Gym you will ford the Etowah River. Follow this road, keeping to the left, for about 2 miles to the West Fork of the Montgomery Creek. Parking is on left across creek. Open only during fishing season.

Jones Creek 
Jones Creek is not stocked and contains native brown trout almost exclusively. Anglers are restricted to using artificial lure on Jones Creek and its tributaries in the Blue Ridge WMA.

To reach this creek from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 and go 4.3 miles to FS 77. Turn right on FS 77 and continue past the game checking station 1.3 miles to FS 77-A on the left. Follow 77- A 1.6 miles to the FS sign at Jones Creek. The road to the right goes along Jones Creek for 1 mile before reaching a dead end. Primitive camping is permitted in this area. The left fork continues about 400 yards to Lance Creek. Jones Creek can also be reached by Hwy 52W for 8 miles to Nimblewill Rd. on the right. Go 2 miles on Nimblewill Rd. to FS 28-1 on the right. Follow FS 28-1 2.1 miles to FS 77 on the left and then continue as above to FS 77-A. Open only during fishing season.

Nimblewill Creek ~ Just minutes from Forrest Hills Resort
From Dahlonega go Hwy 52W for 8 miles to Nimblewill Rd. on the right. Take Nimblewill Rd. 2.3 miles to Nimblewill Church on the right. Continue straight on unpaved FS 28-2 crossing over Nimblewill Creek after 1 mile. Continue on FS 28-2 for 3 more miles. Nimblewill Creek will appear along the right side of the road. Camping is available along the creek. Open only during fishing season.

Waters Creek 
Waters Creek is a trophy trout stream and only fishing with artificial lures with a single barbless hook size 6 or smaller is allowed. Waters Creek is in the Chestatee WMA and is open during the trout season on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In addition to a fishing license and a trout stamp, a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) stamp is required when fishing on Waters Creek. Size limits are 22 inches for brown and rainbow and 18 inches for brook trout. Smaller trout must be returned to the water immediately. Only one trout these sizes or larger may be kept each day and a maximum of 3 for the season. Waters creek flows into Dicks Creek. For directions see Dicks Creek below. It is required that anglers check in and out at the Ranger Station at the entrance to Waters Creek.

Dicks Creek 
Dicks Creek is in the Chestatee WMA and is open only during the fishing season. This creek has a number of pretty falls and is easily accessible.

To reach it follow US Hwy. 19 N from Dahlonega for 12 miles to the Forest Service sign and sign for Mt. Piscah Church on the left . Turn left and follow this paved road. The road crosses over Dicks Creek in about 0.6 miles. Continue on this road with Dicks Creek on the left. The creek is mostly on private property almost to the confluence of Dicks Creek and Waters Creek at the bridge 2.7 miles from Hwy. 19. Dicks Creek falls is just downstream from this junction. For access to Waters Creek turn left at the bridge on FS 144 and check in at the ranger station past a private residence. FS 144 is closed except during fishing season. The road along Dicks Creek continues for 2 more miles as unpaved FS 34 which is not maintained for automobiles.

Noontootla Creek 
Noontootla Creek is in the Blue Ridge WMA and is formed by the confluence of Stover Creek, Chester Creek and Long Creek known as the The Three Forks Area. Noontootla Creek and its tributaries are not stocked and are managed to imitate a natural stream with an unharvested trout population. Noontootla Creek and its tributaries are open throughout the year. Only fish 16 inches in length or greater may be kept and only artificial lures are allowed.

To reach the Three Forks Area leave Dahlonega on Business Hwy. 19N 2 miles to Wahsega Rd. on the left. Take Wahsega Rd. 8 miles to the entrance of the Ranger Training Camp.Turn left on FS 28-1 and go 4.3 miles to FS 77. Turn right on FS 77 and continue to the top of ridge at Winding Stair Gap at the junction of 4 roads (FS 77, FS 42, and FS 58). FS 42 will go left and right. Take FS 58 2.7 miles down the other side of the ridge to the Three Forks Area at the bottom of the mountain.

Cooper Creek 
Cooper Creek is open only during the fishing season. To reach Cooper Creek from Dahlonega go Ga. 60N for about 24 miles until reaching the road to Corinth Church on the right. Turn right and follow this road about a mile to Forest Service sign on left. Turn left and proceed on FS 236 for about 3 miles to Cooper Creek. Cooper Creek flows through Cooper Creek Scenic Area.

Rock Creek 
Open year round Rock Creek can be reached from Dahlonega by following Ga. Hwy. 60 12 miles past Suches, Ga.. After passing Cooper Creek Groceries and Deep Hole Recreation area on the left, turn left at the fish hatchery sign. Cross over the Toccoa River and continue for about 1mile. Rock Creek will appear on the right. The road follows Rock Creek for 2 miles to the hatchery and another 2 miles to Rock Creek Lake, a small man made lake which is also stocked with trout.

Dockery Lake 
This lake which is managed by the U. S. Forest Service is a great lake for kids. Camping, hiking and fishing platforms are available. Fishing Rodeos are held occasionally in the summer. Follow Ga. Hwy. 60N from Dahlonega for about 9 miles. Forest Sign on the Right.

Lake Winfield Scott 
This pretty mountain lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is managed by the U. S. Forest Service. Hiking, camping and fishing platform are available. Boats with motors are not allowed. To reach Lake Winfield Scott, follow Ga. Hwy. 60N from Dahlonega through Suches. Turn right on Hwy. 180 and turn right at Forest Service Sign. Distance from Dahlonega is approximately 22 miles.

Reel Angling Adventures offers full- and half-day guided fly-fishing on the region’s finest trout waters close to Forrest Hills … or spend the day exploring remote spring creeks on our unique Wild Trout Trek.

How about a riverway float trip? Perhaps, trophy trout are your passion on unique private fishing sites that offer great river and stream fishing for rainbows and browns in the 3- to 10-pound class and larger!

All fishing trips include transportation, rods/reels and beverages. Call toll free for more details at 866-899-5259 or visit their website: Reel Angling Adventures in Blue Ridge Georgia

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Rides in Cumming, Georgia (GA)

On clear days you can see approximately 40 to 50 miles and take in the Atlanta Skyline, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges of North Georgia.

And, our local attraction, Lake Sidney Lanier, a 30,000 plus acre manmade lake built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is one of the largest manmade lakes East of the Mississippi River and it is the most visited Corps of Engineers lake in the country.

If the winds are with us, they may even be able fly you over the beautiful blue waters of Lanier.

Hop on board in Cumming, GA approximately 45 minutes from Forrest Hills.

678-947-9866  OR  678-283-4033

Hot Air Balloon Rides in Cumming, Georgia (GA)

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Dahlonega and Lumpkin County has been designated as “Georgia’s Premier Cycling Venue” and is the home of the famous Six Gap Century Bike Ride. For information on local cycling routes, please visit the following sites:
Cycle North Georgia

Mountain Biking
The Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega offers some of the best mountain biking to be found in Georgia.  Three trails originating in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the Nimblewill area offer a range of difficulty and beautiful scenery.  The trails are shared with horseback riders. Care should be taken when approaching horseback riders not to frighten horses.

How to Get There

These trails are reached off of Forest Service Rd. 28-1 between the Nimblewill Road and the Frank D. Merrill Army Ranger Camp. The directions will be given from both ends should you want to arrange for someone to pick you up.  To reach FS 28-1 via Nimblewill Rd. from Forrest Hills Resort, turn left out of the resort onto Hwy 52 East.  travel 2-3 miles.  Nimblewill road will be a paved road on the left with directions to the Nimblewill Baptist Church. Go about 2 miles on Nimblewill Rd. to Forest Service Rd. 28-1 on the right indicated by a sign to Jones Creek and Camp Wahsega. To reach the other end of FS 28-1 at the Ranger camp, go out of Dahlonega on Business US Hwy 19N for 2 miles to Wahsega Rd. on the left indicated by a sign to Camp Frank D. Merrill. From this junction on Hwy. 19 go 8 miles on Wahsega Rd which dead ends at the Ranger camp. Turn left onto FS 28-1. FS 28-1 is a gravel road and is 6.4 miles between the

Bull Mountain Trail – Just minutes from Forrest Hills.

This is easily accessible and one of the most popular trails in the state and is best reached from Nimblewill Rd.. Go 0.3 miles on FS 28-1 and turn left on FS 83. Go 1 miles to parking areas on each side. Bull Mountain Trail is a 11 mile loop with beautiful scenery and long hills. Several options are available to either extend or shorten the ride. Continue on FS 83 0.5 miles to the gate across the road. There is a large parking lot on the right to accommodate horse trailers and limited biker parking. Go around the gate and continue for .2 miles to trail head at wooden steps marked with the trail mark 1C. The first part of this trail is single track and ascends from about 1700 feet to 2500 feet near Bull Mountain. The road straight ahead continues to Lance Creek and the road to the right connects with the Turner Creek and Jake Mountain Trails. At mile 1.3 a single track trail enters from the right.

An alternative is to turn right on this single track trail and go .8 miles until reaching old jeep road. Turn right and go past 3rd cabin and turn right. Continue to intersection of FS 83, turn right and return to starting point.

Otherwise continue on Bull Mountain trail until it reaches the Lance Creek Trail on the right. Take either the Lance Creek Trail for 2.7 miles to gate or take Bare Hare Trail extension 3.4 miles to the gate where the Lance Creek Trail rejoins the Bare Hare Trail. This is the beginning of FS 77A. After the first 100 yards or so the Lance Creek Trail becomes a beautiful ride down along Lance Creek on an old jeep trail. After the two trails join continue on FS 77A and go 0.2 miles to another gate. Immediately after passing gate turn right and ford Lance Creek at mile 8.7. Take second left and turn right onto a single track trail just before cabin at mile 9. Another less strenuous alternative is to continue past this single track trail to the third cabin and take the right on an old jeep trail. Continue until it intersects FS 83, turn right and return to starting point. If you take the single track trail go .8 miles until it rejoins the Bull Mountain Trail, turn left and return to the starting point.

This trail can be extended to 15 miles by remaining on FS 77A instead of crossing Lance Creek. Continue on FS 77A 1.7 miles to FS 77. Turn right and go 1.3 miles to FS 28-1. Turn right on FS 28-1 and continue 1.8 miles to FS 83. Turn right and return to the starting point.

Mountain View Outfitters

Discover North Georgia with Mountain View Outfitters by Helicopter, ATV or on Foot!

Come hunt black bear, quail, pheasant, turkey and deer with us! Mountain View Outfitters is conveniently located ONE MILE FROM FORREST HILLS providing 1500 acres of private land and over 10,000 acres of natural forest.  We can provide a beautiful home that sleeps 20+ for those corporate events and team building work weeks. For the outdoors-man, we can set you up with your own campsite, just bring a tent and we can help you settle in.

Call Larry: 706-429-8187