Three Forks Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall 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.

Length2.4 miElevation gain597 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeBlowdownOver grown
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Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

Directions from Clayton: Take Warwoman Road east for 16 miles to Overflow Road (Forest Service Road 86). Turn left and drive 4 miles to John Teague Gap, where the trailhead is on the right.

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Jill Osborne
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HikingBlowdown

Significant blowdown today compared to prior visits. Water level was up so high that going out onto the shoals by the slot falls to picnic was impossible. Packed out quite a bit of litter on my way out. Still one of my favorite short trails. Look forward to coming back.

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Terry Lannon
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Hiking

Decent little trail but nothing to write home about... though, I guess, decent enough to write an All Trails review LOL Had the trail to ourselves on a 65 degree November day so that was a bonus. Easy trail until you get to the falls... a bunch of downed trees and washouts... pay attention when you hear the falls... trail had almost no blazes so we backtracked around a bit until we found the falls. Cool slot falls on Holcomb Creek! We left too late in the day to actually get down onto Overflow but will save that for another time. Hopefully then I can upgrade my 2-star rating.

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David Landis
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Hiking

Great hike. Path down to the Chuttoga River steep and littered with trees. Made for a fun decent and a strenuous accent.

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Jefferson Bargeron
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HikingBlowdownOver grownScramble

Lots of large trees down at the end of the trail, the steep descent down to the river. I'm still a novice, but thought braving it was pretty "difficult" Definitely worth it, tho! Also, if Google maps suggests you continue down the gravel road (overflow) to get back to SC, DON'T BELIEVE IT! I ended up driving about 6 miles only to discover that a road Google claims continues is a dead end.

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Susanne Keller
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HikingGreat!

2nd time here. Always good. Short flat trail w/great slot waterfall at the end of the loop. Go left at the "Y" to see it. Right will get you there through a large flat camp area but a bit longer. 5 year old made it in and out no trouble.

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Ian Slack
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Ian Slack
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Stephanie Pierce
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Hiking

Great trail! The road getting to it is a little rough but manageable in an SUV

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Scott Di Piazza
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Hiking

Road to trail is a few miles on gravel. Road is descent but not great shape. Good hike. Trail was narrow but in good shape and easy to follow for the most part. Didn’t really see any blazes after the first part. Trail splits into a little loop at the end but both will end you up at the stream. The waterfall, I would say is like a mini gorge and pretty impressive. You basically look down into it. Good swimming spot at the top of it too. The 3 forks spur takes you down to the river. There were some signs saying 3 forks but the arrow points to the wrong trail. Follow the other trail straight ahead. This trail starts out ok but then goes down a steep incline. Trail is overgrown and not marked at all. At points it was difficult to identify. I wouldn’t take little kids or anyone not in good shape to climb down there. Once you get to the bottom the river is beautiful with big rocks, rapids and large swimming hole. Not an easy trip down or back up but worth it if your feeling gamey.

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Leah McGhee
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Hiking

Good trail. Lots of roots, but beautiful waterfall

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Carey Cooper
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Hiking

I rate this trail and the Three Forks spur a 5 star if you completely hike them all the way down to the river. It gets really steep and thick though the last few hundred yards of both and may be tough for some. The trail minus going all the way to the river is average, but both the Three Forks creek junction (off the trail spur) and the river accessed off the regular trail are breathtaking and some of the most beautiful creeks and areas I’ve ever seen. You do have to cross Holcomb creek and keep going to get to the actual three forks off the spur trail but it’s so worth it.

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Meg Gray
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HikingOver grownWashed out

beautiful trail - a bit overgrown but still a worthwhile experience. this should be ranked more as "moderate" that easy; you descend the 600 feet at the beginning of the hike and end at the river, but then must ascend 600 feet back to the trail head. these are relatively steep feet, not switchbacks. also, the road leading up to the trailhead nearly requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle (most definitely would have if it had rained recently). my SUV crossover is not AWD and struggled making the ascent up the gravel road, which was washed out in some places.

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Tyler Corley
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Cory Large
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Hiking

Perfect hike with the hubs! A little to steep for kids, the last mile or so. It would be hard for some people to find the trail on the other side of river once you cross over to get to the main forks and waterfall. Be careful crossing over because you basically at the top of this Little Rock water fall and rocks are slippery. Only two camp sites at forks. Also careful for snakes on big hang out rock by mail waterfall.

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Brad Williams
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Ken Fedor
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Hiking

easy first mile nearly downhill until the sharp left. As of 6/23/2018, large tree fall across trail around 1/2 mile from trailhead. You must ford Holcomb creek 50 yards upstream from the slot waterfall to get to next section (not shown on this site's map) to see actual Three Forks. This section of the trail had several (we counted six) tree falls which made us turn around. Chainsaw anyone? Still, the first falls at Holcomb is worth the relatively easy hike. One campsite near this falls is tight, a few trees for hammocks, a small firepit but close to the edge near the falls (loud).

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Monte Seymour
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Great trail in the beginning but definitely gets difficult if you are going to the actual 3 forks but well worth the effort.

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Brendan Erwin
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Camping

Trail was fairly nice. Needs some maintenance though. A good number of trees fallen across it but we never lost the trail. Dog hurt her leg (she was fine after walking it off) going over one of the fallen trees and the humans had a couple of slips doing the same. There is a camp site at the apex that looked a bit well worn. We picked up some MRE remnants there. (Grrr) Fine for a tent, multiple hammocks was a bit of a challenge, but mainly because we needed them to be near each other (young ones with us). Finding an appropriate spot to hang our food was tough, the trees are all quite tall with few horizontal branches, plan to hunt for a while for an appropriate branch. As far as we could tell the one well used camp site is about the only option for tent camping, I would have preferred a less commonly used spot but the grade is too steep everywhere else.

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Julie Miavitz-lukawitz
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Beautiful trail! Definitely hard in some parts but well worth it to get closer to the river!

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Lee Bass
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Hiking

This trail is very easy going into the fall, but it is not a trail for someone who isn't nibble. Many trees are down over the trail so it involves some climbing and maneuvering around the trail from time to time. The falls and pools are breathtaking and so worth the visit. Rest up because the return hike is largely uphill.

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Carol Holloway
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Hiking

Gradual beauty all the way to the sour trail down two minutes to Holcomb creek waterfall! Wow what a treat!! We enjoyed the gift of Autumns beauty the entire way

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Micajah Spoden
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Hiking

This was a great short hike to a beautiful campground by the river. There are actually two different 3 forks trails. One is shown on All Trails and most maps but another trailhead is on Hwy 28 about 1.3 miles south of the NC state line. This trail is about 7 miles out and back and features a swimming hole.

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Hiking Diva .
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First to Review

FYI, the forest service road is closed just beyond Three Forks Campground (since March 2014) due to major road erosion. Date(s): Mar 24, 2014 Contact(s): Chattooga River Ranger District 706-754-6221 Overflow Road, FS Road 86, is closed until further notice, from Westfork Campground to the intersection of Tottery Pole Road, FS Road 86 C, due to hazardous road conditions. There is an alternative route via Hale Ridge Road, FS Road 7. This impacts your access to the trail. As of June 2015, it is still closed.

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Kim Ramos
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John Gooch
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Trent Mulloy
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