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