Green Ridge, Appalachian Trail, and Fork Ridge Loop

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Sampson Mountain Wilderness

Green Ridge, Appalachian Trail, and Fork Ridge Loop is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marshall, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.2 miElevation gain3,110 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestRiverViews
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Todd LENDZION
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Mid September 2020. Finding Fork Ridge trailhead not easy. Clicking on AllTrails ‘directions’ landed me at start of a fire road. Across street were some barns and no trespassing signs which is where you are supposed to finish the clockwise loop. Conditions: two days after the remnants of hurricane Sally dumped a God sized bucket of water on the area the Fork Ridge and AT were both moist but not muddy Once I located the Fork Ridge trailhead which was about a mile up fire road on the left that also serves as a campsite (I made mistake of going too far and crossing stream ten times), the ascent up to AT was a fabulous 1-2 mile workout. Trail is marked with orange blazes, but it would be difficult to get lost. Finding the AT is simple and well marked. Make a right and soon you’ll come across the Jerry Shelter. A few miles later the AT started intermittently crossing another 4-wheel drive vehicle path. At the same time my GPS had me way off the path. After searching for the trail to finish the loop and take me back down to my car I gave up at Shelton Grave (a well marked 0.1 mi excursion from AT). I backtracked the AT to Fork Ridge trail which was actually a great out and back. The only reason for 3 stars is because I couldn’t finish the loop.

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Matthew Warriner
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Be prepared for a 2mi unblazed downhill decent

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Randy Smathers
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Randy Smathers
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Tim Jenkins
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Hiking
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Patrick Gallagher
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Jordan Banks
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