Forest Service Road 333

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4.5/5 (24 reviews)
Morganton, Georgia (Fannin County)
Last Updated: 01/03/2024
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Following the Toccoa River along the base of John Dick Mountain, Forest Service Road 333 is the rarely used north western entrance of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. This trail also offers access to the the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge along the Benton MacKaye Trail, a 300+ mile hiking trail along the Appalachian Mountains that spans across three states. With hiking, fishing, camping and access to numerous other trails, Forest Service Road 333 is a fun addition to any day in the mountains of North Georgia.

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Forest Service Road 333 can be ran in either direction.The eastern portion of this trail from Rock Creek Road to the Benton MacKaye Trail is a fairly smooth gravel road with one shallow water crossing making it suitable for most passenger vehicles with adequate ground clearance. The western portion of the trail from the Benton MacKaye Trail to Doublehead Gap Road is considerably rougher. The gravel is worn away in many spots making it a notoriously muddy road in even the slightest wet conditions. This portion of the trail is also more rocky with a few small ruts, potholes, and uneven terrain making four wheel drive recommended, especially in wet conditions.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (24)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/03/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I found the trail to be nervously narrow is spots but the larger mud pools after a recent rain made the trek a lot of fun.
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Visited: 01/01/2024

The trail is now under seasonal closure.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/01/2023

This one hasn't changed much over the years, surprisingly. It's very very steep on the NW section, I'd recommend 4x4 just for that but not too terribly rough. It hasn't rained in 3 months here so there was zero mud today, but this one does get muddy after it rains. The sign at Waypoint 6 marking FSR 308 is missing, so that fork is unmarked and easy to take the wrong road so beware - just stay left as shown in the guide above. Definitely stop at the swinging bridge, one of the coolest things in all of Georgia to stop and see!
Trail Review: Forest Service Road 333 - Dave Greenspan
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A nice trail for a ride through the woods. Swinging bridge is a definite must do. Trail is not too technical with only a handful of muddy spots that aren’t very deep. There was a tree partially blocking the trail but easily managed to drive around it.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Fun trail! JKU w/ 3"lift and 35's had no issues. Visit my IG page for more photos: @ecriz_jku
Trail Review: Forest Service Road 333 - Eric Criswell
Trail Review: Forest Service Road 333 - Eric Criswell

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