Three Forks Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Three Forks Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles
597 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips








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.

1 month ago

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).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

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.

Monday, June 15, 2015

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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