Three Forks Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Three Forks Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles
1085 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


6 months ago

This trail is listed in Highlands, NC and Clayton, GA. It took some time but we found an entrance off of Hwy 28 just outside of Highlands. Absolutely nothing was marked and we had to cross a small stream to gain access to the trail. The trail was beautiful but a lot of downed trees. There were no markings and we only found the waterfall by chance. It was amazing and worth it. We had to double back on the trail at the waterfall due to blocked paths which made our hike almost 8 miles.

10 months ago

Trailhead starts on hwy 28 north of big creek on pullout. Map is not accurate. What is shown is private property. Residents were helpful getting us to the right place. Good hike but couldn't get to waterfall. No signage to point the way. Saw pileated woodpecker, box turtle and lots of bugs.

Monday, August 26, 2013

This is a good trail with nice scenery and is a good hike for a family. I hiked this trail with my son and some friends and we camped overnight at the site near the Long Creek Falls. The trail is easy with little elevation gain and follows the creek all the way to the falls.

nature trips
Sunday, January 08, 2012

This trail has the feel of 'real hiking' for smaller kids and has a nice little waterfall. The drive to the trail is a beautiful one! There is very little gain, making it nice for a family picnic at the falls.

11 months ago

Saturday, April 08, 2017