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Fannin County Georgia Hiking Trails

Toonowee Mountain Loop Trail

Via Duncan Ridge Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail and FS Road 816

Length: 7.0 miles (11.2K)
Rating: Moderate-Difficult

Use: Light

Hiking Time: About four hours and one-half hours round trip.

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles except on road segment. Road 816 is closed to traffic January – March. Trail designed for day hikers, not recommended for horses.


The Toonowee Mountain Loop Trail accesses the 260 ft. suspension bridge over the Toccoa River at Margret, GA. Views in autumn and winter from the top to Toonowee Mountain of the Skeenah Creek valley and the Toccoa River valley and the dispersed recreation area at Margret are highlights of this trail.

Toonowee Mountain Loop Trail begins near Tooni Gap on GA Highway 60 south of Morganton, GA. The trail leads south over Toonowee Mountain and is blazed with 2X6” blue rectangles indicating the Duncan Ridge Trail.

A National Recreation Trail, and the white diamond blaze of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Near the river the trail crosses a dirt-gravel USFS road (816) that is used to complete the loop and return hike to parking area.

The trail immediately begins to ascend Toonowee Mountain. After reaching and crossing several peaks during the first mile of ascent the trail then follows the ridge top for about one mile. The trail descends for one mile to road crossing. Follow the trail across road about 500 yards to river and suspension bridge. Return to road and follow road and follow road on relatively level grade and return to parking area.

Directions from Blue Ridge, Georgia:

From the intersection of GA Highway 515 and GA Highway 5 in Blue Ridge, follow GA Highway 515 east (toward Blairsville) approximately 4.5 miles to traffic light and junction with GA Highway 60. Turn right on GA Highway 60. Go south on GA Highway 60 14 miles. Parking is off road or on USFS 816, which ends on GA Highway 60 at this point.

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