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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
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The Long Creek Falls 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.

Long Creek Falls Trail

Via Appalachian Trail - Benton MacKaye Trail

Fannin County, Georgia

Length: 2.2 miles (3.5K)
Rating: Easy
Use: Moderate

Hiking Time: About 1 1/2 hours round trip.

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles, horses or bicycles allowed on trail. Trail is designed for day hikers.

This trail utilizes a part of the world famous Appalachian Trail (AT). The trail begins in a grove of stately hemlocks and follows Long Creek 1.0 miles upstream to a short blue blazed side trail that leads to Long Creek Falls. Up stream 0.1 miles from the falls the Appalachian Trail heads northeast toward Hawk Mountain, the Benton MacKaye and Duncan Ridge Trails turn north toward the Toccoa River.

The trail begins at Forks, a popular dispersed recreation area in the southeast corner of the District. The hike follows the 2x6" white painted blazes of the Appalachian Trail north to the side trail. Occasionally, the white diamonds of the Benton MacKaye Trail may also be seen as the two trails are contiguous through this part of the forest.

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 13.5 miles to end. Turn right onto New Port Rd., go 4.5 miles to end. Turn left onto Double head Gap Rd., and continue on this road about 0.8 miles to intersection with dirt-gravel USFS Rd. 58 intersecting sharply from right. Turn onto USFS 58 and continue into forest and uphill 5.3 miles to Three Forks. Noontootla Creek, a beautiful trout stream, is on the right as you ascend.

The trail begins on the left side of the road and starts as a relatively gradual hike alongside Long Creek. There are three ascents before reaching the blue blazed side trail to the falls at 1.1 miles. Return to parking area by walking back along the same trail.

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