Three Forks Loop via Appalachian and Benton Mackaye Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Three Forks Loop via Appalachian and Benton Mackaye Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellijay, Georgia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1062 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

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1 month ago

Nice hike. Three Forks is not really marked. This hike you start up the AT to Springer Mtn. And after about 2.2 miles you switch and comeback on the Benton MacKay trail. You can continue on at the intersection of the AT/BM trails and go to Springer. It is about 1.9 miles from there so this adds 3.8 to the hike. Make sure drive in on DoubleGap. I went out the other way and my Honda Civic was not happy but we survived.

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2 months ago

3 months ago

Great day hike area. Good for camping too.

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5 months ago

Been thru here once before doing 20 mile section of BMT. Easter weekend, took a friend to do her 1st hike in 40 yrs. (we're both mid 60....ish). She was breaking in a new Deuter, I just daypacked. Drove her Corolla up there...lol.
Easy day, lots of people, gorgeous weather.
I did notice signs at this trailhead saying, "No camping behind signs". Does anyone know if that means you can no longer camp at the sites by the footbridge?

6 months ago

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7 months ago

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Awesome! Great for the kids!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fun day hike. Nice stream to cool off in

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Very crowded on the weekends but very enjoyable!