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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
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The Free Knob 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.

Free Knob Loop Trail

Fannin County, Georgia

Length: 2.5 miles (4.0K)
Rating: Easy-Moderate
Use: Light

Hiking and Bicycling Times: About 1 hour round trip.

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. Trail designed for day hikers, not recommended for horses.

This trail is just strenuous enough to provide a feeling of healthy outdoor exercise and the river walk provides a nice contrast to the forested setting. The eastern end is through a beautiful mature pine grove on a needle carpeted trail.

This trail combines a woodland trail walk ascending, crossing and descending a small knob with a return road walk alongside the Toccoa River. The eastern end is through a beautiful mature pine grove on a needle carpeted trail. This trail is recommended any time of year, but winter is best. From the ridgeline atop the knob views of the head of the lake (to the north) and the Toccoa River (to the south) may be obtained almost simultaneously. The trail ascends Free Knob with the lower eastern portion passing through a pine grove. The trail climbs steeply just before reaching the ridgeline. The walk across the top is gentle. After crossing a logging road the trail reenters general forest and descends to road alongside river. Turn left and walk along river (upstream) to return to vehicle parking.

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 on right. Continue south on Aska Read to Shallowford Bridge. Turn left across river and immediate right on dirt-gravel road leading to Dial, GA. At 0.4 miles come to point where trail enters road from forest. Continue east on road to parking area at 1.2 miles.

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