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Duncan Ridge Trail
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Trail Length: 30.1 miles Type of trail: Loop
County: Lumpkin County, GA Our rating: E
Features: camping, ATaccess Your rating:
Usage: Light Added on: June 22, 1995
Last hiked: June 24, 2010 Updated on: September 13, 2013
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Note: This trail can be combined with the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail to create a loop that is slightly more than 60 miles long that takes 8-10 days to complete. This path is strenuous. For experienced backpackers this trail offers some of the most challenging climbs in the United States.

The Duncan Ridge Trail begins at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail/Benton MacKaye Trail. Climbing to Long Creek Falls, the Duncan Ridge and Benton MacKaye turn left less than 0.1 mile after the short path to the falls. The path enters some of the most remote territory in the Chattahoochee National Forest before coming to the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. From here the Duncan Ridge Trail climbs Tooni Mountain to reach Ga. Highway 60.

Shortly after the highway, near the top of Rhodes Mountain the Benton MacKaye goes west (left) while the Duncan Ridge heads east. From Rhodes Mountain the trail descends rapidly into Rhodes Mountain Gap. The next mile is an easy up and down, but then the trail goes sharply up and down and continues the rapid ascent/descent cycle until it reaches Fish Gap. Another sharp ascent and the trail reaches the summit of Akin Mountain and continues on to Mulky Gap. The trail that it meets in Mulky Gap comes from Yellow Mountain. We always considered it part of the Yellow Mountain Trail, but recently a friend referred to it as the Shope Gap Trail, which is the gap between Yellow Mountain and Mulky Gap.

3 miles after leaving Mulky Gap the DRT begins to run next to Forest Service Road 39, also known as Duncan Ridge Road. Continuing the steep ascent/descent cycle that it began at Rhodes Mountain, the DRT climbs both Wildcat Knob and Coosa Bald. The Coosa Backcountry Trail joins the Duncan Ridge Trail briefly after the descent from Coosa Bald until the north end of Slaughter Gap. A final climb up Slaughter Mountain and the trail ambles easily down to the Appalachian Trail on Blood Mountain. The trail actually ends in Neels Gap at Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi

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