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 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
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
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
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
Three Forks Campsites
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.