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From Blue Ridge follow old US 76 to Aska Road across from Harmony Church. Turn south and go 13.8 miles to the end of the road. Turn right on Newport Road, and go 4.3 miles to the end of the road. Turn left, cross bridge over Noontootla Creek, continue on gravel road. Pass a cemetery and come to an intersection .6 mile from the bridge. Turn hard right on FS 58 and go southeast into the forest along this road 6.6 miles to Three Forks. Hike to the northwest up Long Creek to the falls.
Activities:: hiking, camping
Closest town:: Suches, Georgia
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Long Creek Falls is one mile north of the Three Forks area of the Appalachian Trail The picturesque falls and trail requires a 20- to 30-minute walk in each direction. It is a popular camping spot with a millstone serving as a fire ring.
Follow the Appalachian trail 1 mile north to a short side trail to Long Creek Falls. the trail is level for the first 750' then turns uphill and descends back to creek level. At the half mile point you should cross a wet weather branch. At 7/10ths of a mile you should cross another small branch.Next , the trail goes up and over the ridge line then descends to cross a third branch. In another 1/10th of a mile, after ascending steeply, look for the path to the falls on the left. Take this path for 300' to the base of the falls. Just above the falls is a wooden bridge across Long Creek which is the beginning of the Duncan Ridge trail and the part of the Benton McKaye Trail where it leaves the Appalachian Trail.
The trail has an assortment of blazes designating three major hiking trails: the Appalachian (white vertical), the Duncan Ridge National Recreational Trail (blue vertical), and the Benton MacKaye Trail (white diamond). The distance to the falls is 1.1 miles, ascending gradually along the way. A side trail to the falls is indicated with vertical blue blazes.