Duncan Ridge Trail

photo: Smokey colors. Photo by Joe Doyle.

Length: 35.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

     Dogs allowed off-leash.

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Location: In Chattahoochee National Forest, links the Appalachian NST N of Springer Mountain to DeSoto Falls.
State(s): Georgia
Counties: Union
Longitude: -84.16439
Latitude: 34.76604

Driving Directions

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This challenging trail follows high, dry ridges for most of its length. The trail begins on Long Creek near Three Forks, on the Appalachian Trail, goes north, and crosses the Toccoa River on a 260-foot swinging bridge. The trail then leads north and west along Duncan Ridge through Mulky Gap to Slaughter Gap. It includes many steep climbs and descents over several mountain tops. The trail is blue blazed for all of this section but also has yellow blazes on the eastern portion, where the Coosa Backcountry Trail shares the same treadway and also will have the white diamonds of the Benton MacKaye Trail from Long Creek Falls for Rhodes Mountain. About 1.25 miles on the eastern end are within the Blood Mountain Wilderness. A 60 mile loop trail can be made by combining this trail with the Appalachian Trail.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 1,920
Elevation High Point: 4,271
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Cassius Cash
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
6060 Appalachian Hwy.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(706) 632-3031
[email protected]



Duncan Ridge Trail. Photo by USFS.

Duncan Ridge Trail. Photo by USFS.

Smokey colors. Photo by Joe Doyle.

Smokey colors. Photo by Joe Doyle.


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