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RN Lee reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Today just finished the trail starting at Benton McKay trailhead at the beginning of the road entrance. Stairs up to the trailhead with a wooden sign saying indicating 3.6 miles to the Swinging Bridge and other destinations further out. My wife and I hiked to the Bridge (about 2.75 hours) which was inundated with children and overweight people (meaning the Bridge). You can hear them complaining how difficult it was to walk to the bridge from the nearby parking lot and vice versa. The quiet hike was wonderful. It was quiet and serene until you get to the crowded swinging bridge. We went out the same way we came in.

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Shelby Posea reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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The trail that is marked on here is the road that leads to the trailhead for the swinging bridge. I went on a Saturday with nice weather which was my own mistake because it was outrageously crowded. I arrive around 10am and parking was already tight, but by the time I was leaving there were cars parked up the road for a mile. The bridge is narrow, so if you enjoy random people swinging what you’re walking on as hard as they can this is the spot for you. There’s lot of little trails off the side to walk along the river and I found the most secluded spot I could to sit for a minute. The bridge is cool but the trail map here is a little redundant. You can drive down it or walk, whatever you’re feeling.

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Bennie Tomberlin reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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We really enjoyed the trail. The drive down the gravel Road from 60/ Morganton Rd. to the bridge trail will take you about 25 minutes.

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chad vesely reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Riley Exum reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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The first half is just the road to the swinging bridge. The swinging bridge and the second half on the trail were beautiful! We took our dog and had a great trip.

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Sagar Ratti reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Pretty Good Trail

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Maegan White reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Like everyone said, lots of trees down when you first start out on the trail on the BMT side. Lots of cardio and a steep incline to begin with but downhill after that to the swinging Bridge. After the swinging Bridge you walk a gravel path Road back down to the parking lot. A good 6 1/2 mile hike today.

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Donna Pierce reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Great hike! A few trees down in the beginning. Well traveled path. The swinging bridge is another trail close by- we did both.

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Kenneth Andrews reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Trail had some downed tress at the beginning but not surprised agywr the storms the day before. other than that was great.

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Michael Wronski reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Good cardio on the BMT side.

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Patrick Beauregard reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Good little trail. I also clocked my GPS at closer to 7.5 miles. The trailhead was easy to find; the hike back is much more enjoyable as it is truly a hiking trail and not the dirt road you hike in on. Made it to the bridge at about 10:30am on a Saturday and we had the place to ourselves. Maybe it was the cold weather.

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Aaron Brothers reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Nice hike out, moderately strenuous during the first mile climb. Bridge is worth seeing. The walk back is along a dirt road. total trip was 7 miles by my GPS.

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Sarah Kovalaskas reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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As others have mentioned this trail is not accurately described. The GPS track that looks like it is part of the trail is actually a dirt road that leads down to a small parking area that then leads out to the suspension bridge. This is also definitely not 9 miles, however we still had a nice walk with our dog in the areas that were less crowded and felt comfortable taking her off leash and exploring some of the other roads in the national Forest.

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Edwin Cole reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Parked at Highway 60 and headed up the mountain planning to do an out and back to the Suspension Bridge. As I began my descent from the top, the trail was so overgrown with tall grass and weeds, I kept slipping and falling because I couldn’t see the trail. I finally turned back and will try again later in the fall when some of the vegetation dies. I know the BMT is supposed to be more rustic than the AT but it could really use some trail maintenance. What is the USFS road that approaches the bridge?

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Aerin Welch reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Most of the trail is a vehicle trail. The bridge was nice and what hiking there was was enjoyable. The description is somewhat misleading. We will visit again, but would like more accurate descriptions in the future.

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Chip Morgan reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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I was expecting to park at the starting point and go from there, but there was no parking lot and no cars there. It turns on that the left (west) leg of the uploaded trail is a dirt road. We followed this road to the approx lower intersection of the two trail legs. There was no real parking lot, but a dozen parked cars. Apparently the vast majority of the people that visit this trail walk the short distance from their parked car to the bridge, stand around a bit, and walk back. The bridge IS nice. The trail system on the other side of the bridge is also largely dirt roads, but fairly scenic. We enjoyed the hike, but would not have made the hour plus drive if we knew this in advance.

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Uncle Monkey reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Often referred to as The Hanging Bridge Trail? We elected to drive to the trail head to the bridge. Several hikers were on the FS road and we heard that it was an easier walk then the trail it’s self. The trail from the parking to the bridge was short and well worn. Parking at the trailhead as well as back on the main road was very crowded. The reward at the end, the Swinging Bridge was beautiful and worth the effort. Due to it being spring break it was crowded and a little trashy.

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Kaitlin Dorsey reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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The trail itself is very nice, good grounds for exploring and getting a little solitude! I knock it two whole stars due to the extreme difficulty the road leading to the trail head in Suches, GA provides for any car that isn't a tricked out Jeep Wrangler. The drive in from the road to the trail head is probably a little over a mile, yet took me over an hour altogether to get in and out. I'd never been more grateful for a little even pavement after that!

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Mandy Bates reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Nice hike the hill is gradual. This trail goes out to the Toccoa suspension bridge.

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Glenn Baker reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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An awesome place to visit. Hope to return soon. Give yourself a full day because there is a lot of exploring to be done. Did not encounter a lot of people and the few we did were very friendly

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Ryan Watkins reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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My daughter, dog and I recently completed hiked in and around the Toccoa River Trail along the greater Benton MacKaye Trail one warm Saturday in January. We began the journey to the trail by driving down an old forest service road that had been washed out many times over. The drive to the swinging bridge at the river itself was challenging, even in my Jeep. Once we arrived, we embarked toward the river and made our way to the swinging bridge. The bridge here is remarkable. There aren't many like it in the area, so to see if up close and in person after reading about it for so long was a real treat. The bridge was constructed in 1977 by the USDA Forest Service along with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. My daughter was hesitant to cross, but eventually she worked up the courage to walk across without any worry. My dog, on the other hand, was not a fan of the bridge and required a bit of coaxing to make it over the river. Once we crossed the river, we made our way up the nearby mountain by way of the Benton MacKaye Trail for a quick out and back. The incline here was very steep for the first mile or so, and the three of us stopped occasionally to catch our breath and rest our legs. Once we it to the top of the first mountain, the hike became much easier as the elevation gains seemed to level off to a friendly march along the ridge line. The views of the valley below were incredible. Thanks to the fallen leaves and bare winter trees, we were able to see quite far away through the woods. We walked along the ridge until we reached Bryson Gap, where we ate our snacks and prepared for the walk back to the car. One the way back, we ran into a BMT thru-hiker who told us about his recent hike of the AT and asked about the conditions ahead. The walk out was a bit tricky as the constant downhill in the last portion was made more difficult by all of the slippery leaves covering the trail. When we arrived back to the river, I pulled out a dehydrated meal and stove, much to the delight of my daughter, and we ate Chili Mac by the riverside before heading home. The trail here was very well maintained with only a few recent obstructions on the trail. In total, we hiked about 10 miles and spent a little more than four hours in the woods. I highly recommend this trail, but I don't think I would have been as impressed if the trees were covered in leaves as the views made the experience stand out in my mind.

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Emory Dare reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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The trail was easily marked with white Diamonds. Conditions were great and the hike was that challenging at all. Definitely recommend hitting the trail early at first light or even before, so that you can get to the Swinging Bridge before anyone else does. That way you can enjoy the bridge and surrounding area. We took the access back out and passed a bunch of cars coming in.

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Amy Conchilla reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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We entered the trail from Route 60. There is a parking lot on the West side of the road. The access road was closed to all traffic so we took the trail that was clearly marked to the left of the access road. As another reviewer states, there is an initial climb at least 45 minutes. Most of the path is wide but some parts are narrow and weedy. When you get to the end of the three miles (it took us about 2 hours traveling with a small dog), you can hear the river. You descend steeply to get to the Taccoa Swinging Bridge. We took the access road on the way back. You can clearly see where the trail from the bridge splits. Take the left fork for the access road. We reached the car in about 1 hour 15 minutes (so we saved 45 minutes than hiking back the trail). Take snacks. There is a large cleared out area by the river you can sit and rest and enjoy the scenery.

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Jaemi Hynes reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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The gravel road was bad but the Benton mackeye trail was worth it.

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Drew Gumieny reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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This was a trail that started off really steep for the first 45 minutes or so. As you climbed the mountian, through the trees, you could see great views of the country side. After about three hours, you reach the Toccoa River and the amazing pedestrian bridge. If you do not want to take the trail back, there is a gravel road that doesn't change in elevation much. Highly recommended.

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Russell Byrne reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Nice trail with some decent elevation gain at the beginning (from HWY 60) to the ridge, and then a nice decent to the river. The swinging bridge is well worth the trip. Great camping areas as well as nice spots for a lunch along the stream. Although there is also a forest service road that leads to a much shorter hike to the bridge, we preferred the hike.

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Xavier Hardison reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Dj Smith reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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Rachel Oaks reviewed Toccoa River Trail
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