Outdoor Fun at the Annual Troutfest in Blue Ridge

Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, welcome to the 5th annual Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival in North Georgia — on Saturday, April 30, for spring 2022! Trout Fest is a neat and unique event in Fannin County that celebrates trout fishing and outdoor recreation in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest. Participate in workshops, enjoy outdoor activities — including cycling, fly fishing, and axe throwing — groove to live music, eat Southern barbecue, drink ice-cold beer, sip local wine, and shop for handmade art pieces. 

Program Tents | NEW for 2022
Interested in learning about successful fly fishing in North Georgia for FREE? Want to be the best kayaker this side of the Mississippi? Ready to go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail? Take advantage of the NEW instructional program tents found at Trout Fest. 

Professional advice plus live demos from local recreational outfitters and guides can help steer your North Georgia outdoor adventures in the right — and safe — direction. You can also purchase outdoor gear in preparation. 

Covered Topics

  • Fly fishing for rainbow, brown, and brook trout
  • Kayaking tips and tricks
  • Hiking safety
  • Rock climbing 
  • Mountain biking
  • MORE to come!

Activity Zone 
Get moving in the NEW Activity Zone at Trout Fest! Here you’ll find plenty of activities for all ages, including kids and seniors. After all, North Georgia’s Trout Fest is all about highlighting the importance of spending time together in the great outdoors. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun! Learn how to cast, crosscut logs, and throw axes. Mine for gems with the kiddos, watch them climb high and ride mountain bikes. And that’s just the start!

Outdoor Fun at Trout Fest

  • Mountain bike course
  • Climbing wall
  • Trout fishing pond
  • Axe throwing area
  • Gem mining station
  • Long-saw crosscutting zone
  • And more!

Sound Stage | NEW for 2022
What makes an outdoor event extra special and enjoyable? Live music! This will be the first year Trout Fest in Blue Ridge will feature live entertainment, so you’re in for a real treat! Rock ‘n country music will be performed on the Sound Stage by talented musicians and singers from Atlanta and Nashville. 

Lineup to be announced!

Food Court & Beer Garden 
Yum! Southern barbecue, snack tents, and food trucks will be serving up fantastic flavors at the Blue Ridge Trout Fest this year. Not to mention, there will be a lovely beer garden with excellent craft beers from Grumpy Old Men Brewing, a local brewery in Blue Ridge. 

For all the wine lovers out there, vino from North Georgia wineries will be available. Plus, you’ll find ciders to try as well. Trout Fest is the perfect opportunity to sample the best of Blue Ridge food, beer, and wine without traveling all over town. 

Fine Outdoor Art 
Peruse and shop art that captures the great outdoors of North Georgia at Trout Fest. Both local and traveling artists use resources from the Appalachian Mountains to craft their one-of-a-kind creations showcased and sold at the trout festival. 

Considered one of the Top 5 Art Towns in Georgia, Blue Ridge is artsy for a reason! Find gorgeous and inspiring outdoor art to add to your home or bring back as a gift for a friend or family member. You can also buy event souvenirs and clothes at the festival. 

Troutfest North Georgia | The Details
Spread across City Park in downtown Blue Ridge, GA, Trout Fest is expecting nearly 3,500 in attendance this spring. After all, Fannin County is officially recognized as the Trout Capital of Georgia. Where better to host a trout festival than Blue Ridge! 

With a mission to conserve, protect, and restore cold-water fisheries, Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited (BRMTU) Chapter 696 works with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce to host Trout Fest and is the primary bene-fish-iary (wink) of net proceeds. Fundraising efforts go towards local cleanups, outreach programs, and conservation projects in the North Georgia mountains.  

Date
April 30, 2022 — Saturday

Time
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Sponsors, Vendors, and Volunteers!
Sign up via the Trout Fest website.

Event Coordinator
Bob Borgwat
bborgwat@gmail.com
706.838.5259

Where to Stay
Stay near the Blue Ridge Trout Fest with Georgia Cabins for YOU. We have cabins right on the Toccoa River, so you can enjoy the great outdoors before and after the trout festival! Amenities include outdoor lounges, rec spaces with games, relaxing hot tubs, indoor spa baths, king suites, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, big-screen TVs, firepits, and much more. Book online or call 1.800.580.5524 to start planning your memorable North Georgia vacation today!

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