Forest Service Road 333

4.5/5 (21 reviews)
Morganton, Georgia (Fannin County)
Last Updated: 05/13/2020

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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 (21)
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.
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
Visited: 12/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun little trail. Went during a lot of rain and still easily doable in a lifted GX470 on 33's. If you're coming in from the western trailhead be aware the people who live on the road that connects to where the green sign/start is have put up a large white "PRIVATE DRIVE" sign. I tried to start there and ended up taking roads to the eastern trailhead and did it that way because I was unsure. I went all the way through without issue so as far as I can tell their sign isn't actually true as it appears to be a public road that connects to FS 333. Obviously they are not happy about the traffic coming through there, so please be respectful and quiet
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/25/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This was a pretty fun and easy trail in my 4runner on 35s. I never needed 4wd and I think most high clearance 2wd vehicles could make it through especially picking the right line. Definitely worth checking out, also go to the swinging bridge.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/21/2021

Bridge… there is a bridge at the start of this trail. I don’t recall reading that and so it threw me off but once I crossed it the trail unfolded exactly as described. Fun ride, and swinging bridge is worth the short hike. I did trail in a 2021 JLU Rubicon that is stock except for 35” tires. We’d had 2 days of heavy rain but despite that I probably could have done entire run in 2WD. Just a couple muddy patches but no real issues.

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