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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
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The Flat Creek Loop Trail, which is a Fannin County Hiking Trail near the town of Blue Ridge Georgia, is an easy drive from Murphy, North Carolina in Cherokee County.

Flat Creek Loop Trail

Fannin County, Georgia

Length: 5.8 miles
Rating: Moderate

Hiking and Bicycling Times: This will vary according to fitness level. For cyclists about 30-40 minutes, for hikers about 3 hours

This trail provides vistas of mountain ridges and descends to shores of beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. It also passes through coves of mature hardwoods.

To access this loop the visitor should follow the trail (white & dark green blazes) on the road bed west from the bulletin board. Within a 100 yards the trail forks.

Stay on the road bed to left. At about 0.4 miles look for dark green blazed side trail into woods on left. This trail goes through woods for about 0.25 miles. Come onto and follow old logging road bed. Route rejoins a dug trail and gradually descends toward Flat Creek.

After 0.5 miles trail joins old road near creek. Follow road downhill to creek, cross and take right at about 50 yards. on old road. Follow road (Do not digress onto dead-end side roads!) about 1.0 miles to head of valley. Head of valley has open, mature hardwoods in abundance. Cross creek again heading uphill, gradually ascend old road to graveled road. Follow dark green blazed graveled road 2.0 miles back to parking lot.

Directions from Blue Ridge, Georgia:

Travel east (toward Blairsville, GA) on GA Hwy 515, approx. 0.8 miles past intersection with GA Hwy 5. Turn Right at Windy Ridge Rd., go 0.2 miles to dead end with Old U.S. 76. Turn left, go 0.2 miles to Aska Road. Turn right, go south 4.4 miles to Deep Gap parking area below gap on west side of road.

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