Three Forks Fun (Hiking, Waterfalls, Swimming) - Sun, Jun 28 2015

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Three Forks Fun (Hiking, Waterfalls, Swimming)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rabun County, GA   Hike: Three Forks Fun  (Hiking, Waterfalls, Swimming)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 28 2015  8:00 am >> Sun, Jun 28 2015 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Jun 21 2015 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 27 2015 7:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Thomas W.
Heidi W.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Please join us for a beautiful hike that includes three waterfalls.  It has been so hot lately, and this will be a nice day to cool off and play in the water. 

This hike will have a total distance of about 8.5 miles and approximately 1,900 feet of ascent, but we will be stopping for lunch and to swim. 

We will begin by hiking approximately 3 miles to a waterfall on Overflow Creek with a 'plunge pool' swimming hole. We'll spend a little time at this location for a snack, swimming, and lounging. Next, we will hike a couple of miles to Three Forks. Three Forks is so named, because it is the confluence of 3 creeks - Overflow Creek, Big Creek, and Holcomb Creek - to form the West Fork of the Chattooga.  It's an awsome spot, and we will spend about an hour and a half here having lunch, swimming, exploring, and enjoying the area.

Once we leave Three Forks, we will start the hike back towards the cars. Along the way, we will make a stop at another nice waterfall on Big Creek, where we will take a short break to enjoy its beauty before completing the final part of the hike to the cars.

We will plan to stop in Clayton for dinner afterwards.  If you don't wish to stop, you don't have to but ensure that you only ride with others that are not stopping, or else plan to drive yourself to the event.


(Thank you, Mark R. for letting us use the majority of your write up!)


Note: Although this is a hike and swim, there will be 8-9 miles of hiking on the event, some of it on rugged terrain. So make sure you bring appropriate footwear for hiking (i.e., not just water shoes/sandals). 

Also, we will be hiking at a leisurely to moderate pace and expect the group to stay together. 

If you plan on bringing a dog, please have plenty of water for you and your best friend.  If the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, we ask that you please leave your dog at home. 



Required Items to Bring:
  • Water, water, and more water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Cash for your carpool driver
  • Change of clothes for the ride home
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Swimsuit or quick dry clothes
  • Hat
  • Water shoes/sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Rain gear - just in case
  • Dry bag / zip-lock to keep any electronics/wallet dry

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Clayton, GA, head east on Warwoman Road for 14 miles until its end at Highway 28.  Turn left (north) and follow Hwy 28 4.4 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road (just 1.3 miles south of the NC border).

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):213Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $85.20 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


We will be watching the weather closely this week.  Although, it is early, they are calling for rain.  We will hike in the rain, but if thunderstorms are in the area, the hike will be cancelled. 

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.