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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
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The Three Forks 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.

Three Forks Loop Trail

Fannin County, GA

Length: 4.1 miles (6.6K)
Rating: Moderate
Use: Light 

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

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

The forest walk, the hike alongside Stover Creed and the Three Forks day-use dispersed recreation area are highlights of this loop trail.

The trail begins at the Appalachian Trail (AT) parking lot on USFS 42. The hike begins by heading north on the AT, crossing the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT), continuing on the AT to a second crossing of the BMT on the south slope of Rich Mountain, descending on the AT to and past Stover Creek shelter and descending along Stover Creek to the Three Forks area. Just south of Three Forks turn right on the BMT for return to start.

The AT leaves the parking area and heads north on gently graded trail. The trail crossed the BMT at 0.3 miles. Follow white AT blazes to another crossing of the BMT at 1.4 miles. Continue downhill on AT into the valley of Stover Creek passing shelter on left. Cross creek and follow AT generally down hill on northwest side of Stover Creek, Just south of Three Forks note intersection with BMT coming in from right. Visit day-use area on Noontootla Creek, return to BMT intersection and follow white diamond blazes of BMT south over Rich Mountain, cross AT. continue on BMT until next crossing of AT. Here turn right (south) to return to parking area. NOTE: For those not desiring the long hike. a third smaller loop lies between the two AT crossings of the BMT.

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. South on Aska Road to end (13.5 miles). Turn right onto Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn right onto Doublehead Gap Road, go 2.0 miles to USFS road 42 on left. Turn left onto USFS 42, drive 7.0 miles east to AT crossing near Cross Trails.

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