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 into one of many campsites along the Appalachian Trail or Benton MacKaye Trail nearby.
Wondering what to pack for a great night under the stars? Our camping gear list features our favorite tents, sleeping bags, furniture, cookware, and campsite essentials.
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: our favorite hiking trails and campsites
Three Forks to Long Creek Falls
Appalachian TrailHike from the cool, shady Three Forks valley to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
Three Forks to Springer Mountain
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Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain AT Shelter
9.1 MILES, ROUND TRIPHike the Appalachian Trail to the Long Creek Falls waterfall, the Hawk Mountain AT shelter and a centuries-old, rustic cemetery.
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Car Camping & Backpacking
Three Forks Camping
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Our favorite hiking gear
What to pack for a Three Forks hiking adventure?Ready to hit the trail, but wondering what to pack? Our hiking gear list features our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for day hikes on local trails and in the Georgia backcountry. Our outdoor apparel reviews feature our favorite trail-worthy hiking boots, running shoes, jackets, and layering essentials for the South. And no matter what you pack in, pack it all back out. Please leave no trace and help preserve Georgia’s beauty.
OUR HIKING GEAR LIST