Have you ever wondered where the main source of the Chattahoochee River originates? Since the Chattahoochee is one of the largest contributors to Lake Lanier, it is surprising just how small and insignificant it actually is. It begins as a small spring located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hiawassee Georgia and can be reached by hiking Jacks Knob Trail to Chattahoochee Gap on the Appalachian Trail. This hike is not for the faint at heart due to the steep climb. The name Chattahoochee is believed to mean “painted rock”, a Creek Indian word. Since there are outcroppings of granite in areas along the river, “painted rock” seems a rather likely name choice.