Three Forks, Georgia: hiking, backpacking and camping guide

Three Forks, Georgia: hiking, backpacking & camping guide

Hike, backpack and camp the beautiful, shady, waterfall-filled Three Forks valley near Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Trout streams meander through the Three Forks valley under the shade of towering trees, slicing through banks bordered by gnarly-branched rhododendron. It’s a cool, shady forest retreat, accessible only via a one-lane gravel road. And it’s one of our favorite outdoor destinations in Georgia.

Hike, camp and backpack the Three Forks valley on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Hike or backpack from Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail or Benton MacKaye Trail to waterfalls, centuries-old rustic graveyards and the southern end of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. And stretch the adventure to an overnight under the stars at one of many free, car camping sites off of Forest Road 58 – or backpack in to one of many campsites along the Appalachian Trail or Benton MacKaye Trail nearby.

Three Forks is located near the North Georgia cities of Ellijay and Blue Ridge, nestled in Georgia’s southern Appalachian Mountains. The valley’s name reflects the convergence of three trout streams near the intersection of Forest Road 58 and the Appalachian Trail.

Three Forks Hiking & Backpacking Trails

Hiking Three Forks to Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: THREE FORKS TO LONG CREEK FALLS

Hike the Appalachian Trail just under one mile to this cascading, 50-foot-tall waterfall under a canopy of towering hemlock trees. It’s one of our favorite falls in Georgia.

1.9 MILES, ROUND TRIP

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia from Three Forks to Springer Mountain

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: THREE FORKS TO SPRINGER MOUNTAIN

Hike from the cool, shady Three Forks valley to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

8.6 MILES, ROUND TRIP

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain Shelter

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: THREE FORKS TO THE HAWK MOUNTAIN SHELTER

Hike the Appalachian Trail to the Long Creek Falls waterfall, the Hawk Mountain AT shelter and a centuries-old, rustic cemetery.

9.1 MILES, ROUND TRIP

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What to Pack Hiking? Our hiking gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested gear.

Our fave hiking gear

What to Pack?

Ready to hit the trail, but wondering what to pack?

Our gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for day hikes on local trails and in the Georgia backcountry.

hiking gear list: local hikes

hiking gear list: backcountry

Three Forks Campsites

Three Forks Campsites: Car Camping in North Georgia

CAMPING AT THREE FORKS

Overnight at one of many car camping sites, and catch dreams under the stars with the sound of trickling streams and tumbling waterfalls. The campsites are free and first come, first camp – so arrive early to get the best site, and please leave no trace when you pack up and head out.

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