Swinging Bridge: Circa 1977

When visiting the North Georgia Mountains, this is a not to be missed site. Stay at The Lodge at Copperhead and enjoy all the mountains have to offer.

A popular destination for day-hikers, Benton MacKaye Trail through hikers, and paddlers making the journey down the Toccoa River Canoe Trail is the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. This 265 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. In 1976 the Forest Service, along with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club replaced a dangerous ford of the Toccoa River in this area. The bridge, built by a private contractor, was completed in 1977 and has become a landmark in Fannin County and a popular camping spot in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area. The Benton MacKaye Trail and the swinging bridge are only open to foot traffic. Camping by the Toccoa River on either side of the river is extremely popular and it is unmanaged. Plan on a weekday visit to secure a site.

Swinging Bridge Directions: From The Lodge at Copperhead, take Hwy 515 west to Hwy 60/Morganton. In Morganton, follow Hwy 60 South toward Dahlonega for 11.3 miles passing Skeenah Mill. Another .7 miles on the right is FS 816. Turn right and follow the gravel road 3 miles to the parking area. Short hike down to the Toccoa River and the Swinging Bridge.

“New” Adventure at The Lodge at Copperhead

An adventure for every season is what guests’ have come to expect when staying at The Lodge at Copperhead, North Georgia’s Premiere Vacation Destination and Special Events Venue.  There is something for every season, from New Year’s Eve Casino Night, Annual Valentine’s Ball to Holiday Weekend Parties with Fireworks, Arts Fests, to Grammy-award winning singers’, North Georgia Idol Contest and more. We believe our guests deserve deluxe entertainment and adventure during their stay with us.  We are pleased to offer new adventure excursions and spa treatments by reputable companies.

Our guests can now reserve their lodging, adventure, and spa packages at the same time. The North Georgia mountains has unparalleled natural resources to enjoy whether visiting for a day, a week, or longer.  For scenic recreation, Ocoee Adventure Company who is unsurpassed in delivering thrilling outdoor adventure has partnered with the Lodge at Copperhead for whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, and bicycling.  

Ocoee Adventure Company is well-known for rafting the Middle Ocoee, America’s most famous section of class III-IV whitewater, with nearly five miles of continuous whitewater excitement.  The Chattooga River Adventure offers Class IV plus pounding rapids and breath-taking scenery.  There are many outdoor activities to choose from with all adventure equipment included.

We are also pleased to offer pontoon boat rentals to our guests by Float My Boat Rentals for leisurely enjoying Lake Nottely, Blairsville, GA.  Float my Boat Rental’s also offers skis, tubes, knee boards, and sporting life preservers.  Lake amenities include two full marinas, picnic area,  fishing and swimming.  The boat rental packages are available on-line when making reservations at The Lodge at Copperhead.

After a day’s adventure of sun and fun, Ways of Wellness Massage Therapists, Hope and Greg Killingsworth, are ready to work the kinks out. The Company’s goal is to promote healing and wellness for all ages.  The staff are State Licensed and Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy with over fifteen years of experience.  From day spa’s to romantic couple massages, Ways of Wellness provides excellence in therapeutic care. 

The Lodge at Copperhead invites everyone to explore North Georgia and enjoy site-seeing, local festivals, and the many recreational and entertainment options available in the area.  The new weekend and vacation packages along with current offerings are available on our Website