Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall
Need to Know
For more information, visit the Benton MacKaye Trail Association's website
Resupply and a good meal is available in Cherry Log at the L&A Corner General Store and Grill. To reach the store, go south on GA 515 from the BMT crossing, then turn onto Cherry Log Street. The address is 825 Cherry Log Street. On the way one also passes the Pink Pig, a great place for barbeque.
Points of Interest along this Section: The trail parallels for a ways a lovely stretch of the Toccoa River, also favored by paddlers and tubers in the summer. The historic 175 feet-long Shallowford Bridge was built in 1918 in the classic “Pratt through truss” design popular at that time. It is eligible for inclusion in the National Registry of Historic Places. There is a small convenience store and restaurant near the junction of Shallowford Bridge Road with Aska Road (Toccoa Wilderness Outpost).
Trail Description: The trail begins at the intersection of Old Dial Road and Shallowford Bridge Road at mile 35.6 (WP 53, 1881’). On the northwest corner of the intersection, the trail climbs steadily uphill to a ridgeline generally traveling west just to the north of Shallowford Bridge Road. The trail has several short steep sections, mostly keeping to the crest of the ridge (maximum elevation 2140’). There is a nice campsite, albeit without water, about a quarter of a mile up the trail in a small gap. At mile 36.3 the trail begins to slowly descend to the Toccoa River on an old logging road, reaching the river and Shallowford Bridge Road at mile 36.9 (WP 58, 1800’). Turn right and follow the road to the Shallowford Bridge at mile 37.4. Cross the bridge to the intersection with Aska Road (WP 59). The remainder of this section is a road walk on Aska and Stanley Creek Roads. Turn right (southwest) onto Aska Road and then turn left onto Stanley Creek Road at mile 37.7. At mile 40.8, leave the road and turn right onto a trail which follows Fall Branch (WP 60, 2000’).
Note: A nice day hike is to hike from Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge, a distance of 7.1 miles, combining parts of the maps on page 30 and 32.
Campsites: Primitive camping without water is available at mile 35.9 (WP 61) on a ridgeline in a gap. No other established campsites are available along this section, though one could camp near where the trail leaves Stanley Creek Road after crossing Fall Branch (WP 60).
Water Sources: Water is available from a few seasonal runoffs along the edge of Shallowford Bridge Road (A). Also, potable water and food as well as some supplies are available at the store and restaurant at the intersection of Aska Road and Shallowford Bridge Road (Toccoa Wilderness Outpost). Water is available as well from Stanley Creek.
Shared By: Richard Harris