Day Hike to Long Creek Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail
|Mountain side sneak peek on FS 58|
The road is single lane gravel, it is well maintained and graded, making it accessible with most vehicles. However, there are no guard rails, and passing oncoming traffic is very tight. Meeting opposing traffic was a little scary as you can't always see around the turns for oncoming traffic and it's a tight fit for two vehicles. Drive with caution! I was glad my hike guide was driving!
|Benton MacKaye and Appalachian Trail|
The Benton MacKaye trails intertwines with the Appalachian Trail here in Fannin County, Georgia and much of the trail shows the markers of both trails. The Benton MacKaye trail marker is the diamond which is about 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide. The Appalachian Trail marker is the rectangle which is about 7 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Guided hikes are available through The Lilly Pad Village and can be arranged by calling (706) 534-1317.
The Long Creeks Falls hike is an especially nice day hike, 1.1 miles in length to the falls, where paths are reserved for hikers only; no horses, mountain bikes or 4 wheeler's allowed. It is a dog friendly trail and it was fun to see many dogs enjoying themselves along the way. I was glad to have a guide who knew which side paths provided great photo opportunities and some assistance climbing the steep rocks next to the falls to get to the higher tiers.
|Appalachian Trails and Benton MacKaye Trail sign post.|