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Duncan Ridge Trail - Toccoa River Swinging Bridge to Three Forks

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 21 2023  8:30 am >> Fri, Apr 21 2023 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 13 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Apr 20 2023 5:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Tim W
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:11
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 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 trail and one which is awesome training for fitness or a challenging trip. This section is hard but always feels good upon completion.  

         Toccoa River Swinging Bridge to Three Forks


At 270 feet, the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi.

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, Big John Dick and Little John Dick.

A quick side trail will take us to Long Creek Falls and the opportunity for lunch. After a break, we will retrace our steps to complete our out and back adventure.

We 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 those without D6 experience. Please expect an e mail if your profile does not reflect recent hard and consistent hiking with the club. 

Thanks to Ron J for the original map. 

Required Items to Bring:



Appropriate layers

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


How to Get There:
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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):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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