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The Georgia section of this trail stretches from Springer Mountain to Double Spring Gap on the Tennessee border. The first 20 miles of this trail merge with the Appalachian Trail and Duncan Ridge Trail. From Springer Mountain, the Benton MacKaye Trail goes north to Rhodes Mountain and turns west, crossing the Toccoa River at Shallowford Bridge. the trail uses county roads near Stanley Gap, and then follows ridge tops to Cherry Log. The trail then crosses private property before following state and county roads to Bush Head Gap. The entire trail is marked with white diamonds and blazes on trees.

The last seven miles of the trail are located in the Cohutta Wilderness. Horseback travel is permitted on the portion of the trail that lies within the Cohutta District.

Directions: From Blue Ridge, There are many access points along the trail, two are given here. Shallowford Bridge Access: From Blue Ridge, take old US Hwy. 76 for 1 mile east to Aska Road. Turn right, and go south for 9 miles to a steel bridge. GA highway 60 access: From Blue Ridge, take Old US 76 east for 5 miles to Morgantown. There, turn right on GA Hwy. 60 and travel south 15 miles near Tooni Gap. The trail can also be accessed at Watson, Dyer, and Dally Gaps within the Cohutta Ranger District.

Distance: 78.6 miles

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Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

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