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Duncan Ridge Tral - Toccoa River Swinging Bridge to Three Forks

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 16 2022  8:30 am >> Sat, Jul 16 2022 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Jul 3 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 16 2022 6:00 am
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Duncan Ridge Trail starts at Three Forks and winds its way to Blood Mt. It is a difficult, remote trail with outstanding payoffs and challenges.  Join me in a series of hikes to explore the DRT from start to finish. 

  • Part I:  Toccoa River Swinging Bridge to Three Forks
  • Part II:  Toccoa Swinging Bridge to Rhodes Mt
  • Part III: Rhodes Mt to Mulkey Gap
  • Part IV:  Mulkey Gap to Coosa Mt.
  • Part V:   Georgia Triple Crown


Part I - Toccoa River Swinging Bridge to Three Forks

I love swinging bridges!

At 270 feet, the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi, so you know I need to go there!

This strenuous hike will follow the DRT from the bridge all the way to the intersection of the AT. We will be climbing two mountains with great names: Big John Dicka and Little John Dick... you can't make this stuff up any better. A quick side trail will take us to Long Creek Falls and the opportunity for lunch and a quick swim in this popular swimming hole. We will retrace our steps to complete our out and back adventure.

I will be maintaining a pace on the quick side of moderate, combined with over 17 miles and 4200 feet of ascent, this hike is not for the timid. Recent D5/D6 experience is a requirement for this adventure. 

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Mountain naming guide

Big John

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The service road to the trailhead is not on Google maps, keep your eyes peeled for a sign to Toccoa Swinging Bridge. We will be parking at the end of the service road heading to the swinging bridge. The service road is about 3 miles and it has been confirmed that it is clear of downed trees.

Trailhead location

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):132Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.80 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.


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