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Three Forks Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dillard, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,194 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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As of June 2020, the map on this page has been updated to be an out-and-back hike. Users reported that the route originally used to create a loop, along Big Creek, is either non-existent or destroyed.

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1 month ago

Very quiet & shaded hike. The trail starts with a creek crossing you need to take your shoes off for. There are several muddy areas & areas where limbs are strewn across the trail. I’d definitely recommend downloading the trail map. It can be difficult to follow in places, & I lost cell service several times. You can hear the water through out the first part, & I did make it to the water at the end, but it’s not the best view. There are a lot of trees on the bank. The hike back has a lot of uphills, but the way in was easy. I only saw two other people. So, it is a nice, peaceful hike.

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1 month ago

Wish they would fix the loop from the river back up. Would make it so much nicer!

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2 months ago

We completed the full loop a couple of weeks ago. As other hiker said, the back side of the loop is completely destroyed and non existent in many places. It requires extreme bushwhack and lots of navigation skill to finish it. But there are 3 waterfalls hidden along the back side of the loop, with the middle waterfall being the most beautiful and stunning. We followed the trail report of hiking Appalachian and beyond website. It is completely worth the effort if you are up to the challenge. BEST waterfalls wilderness hike ever in GA

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Sat Jun 08 2019

This trail is very steep in the last part to the river. Make a right on the loop. Do not go on the loop past the river, the trail is nonexistent. Go back the way you came.

Mon Jul 09 2018

The trail that starts off the highway is not marked, with no “actual” parking spots. Right at the start is a creek that you’re going to have to cross. Either get your feet wet (not advised this early on in the hike) or go across barefoot. BRING EXTRA SOCKS!! The entire trail is covered in mud, brambles, fallen trees, spider webs, and ticks! Bug spray is also a necessity. When you get to the main fork that starts the loop, GO RIGHT then slightly left to stay on track. You’ll follow the trail down through more downed trees and brambles, then through a “mini loop” to the water. The converging rivers are beautiful! There’s some rocks to sit on and take a break, right at the center of the rivers. When you head back up, GO BACK THE WAY YOU CAME!!!!! I know it’s a “loop trail” but the back side of the trail is completely destroyed! All the trees are down, making the tiny trail literally invisible. We ended up bushwhacking our way out of the mess, nearly getting lost in the process. I wasn’t so judgmental on the rest of the trail after that. Overall, the hike was rough. Sure, it’s flat, but the lack of maintenance made the trail exhausting. The view at the water really is beautiful, “a little Montana” as we called it. I just wouldn’t advise taking kids, dogs, or anybody who isn’t ready to “rough it” a little. Take-away points: 1. Extra socks 2. Bug spray 3. DO NOT take the backside of the loop! Go right at the fork then come back up the way you came to get back to the highway!!!!

Fri Nov 03 2017

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.

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Thu Jul 20 2017

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.

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Mon Aug 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.

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Sun Jan 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.

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