The Swinging Bridge

About The Trail: The Swinging Bridge near Blue Ridge/Route 60 is one of the largest suspension bridges east of the Mississippi - yet is in the middle of the woods and is for hikers only! 

We'll park at the nearest trailhead, then hike the bridge and parts of the Duncan Ridge and other trails. Total mileage will be about eight miles (more available if the group wants to do it!). No special equipment is needed, but do bring hiking shoes, lunch, water, some snacks, and some stories to share! Level/Pace is intermediate, so experienced hikers only for this trip, meaning you can hike 3mph or better. And as Steve and others always request: no pets or children please. BTW, please make sure to bring some water, lunch, and snacks, as well as a towel and shirt change for the ride home.

Meeting Times/Places/Directions: Meet at the trailhead, which is basically where you see the cars parked when the forest service road ends. FYI: The trail crosses Route 60 about 15 minutes south of Blue Ridge / 30 minutes NW of Dahlonega. It is marked with the standard hiker signs, plus there is a parking pull-off for about three cars at the hiker sign. Turn onto the Forest Service road going uphill across from the sign. The trailhead is about five minutes inward.

Carpool Options: Please meet in the parking lot on the left hand side of the Best Buy near North Point Mall (exit 9 off of 400) at 9:15am.  <<< Important Note: While I usually run one carpool, please note that for this event I will meet everyone at the trailhead, and ask that someone post to become the carpool leader from Alpharetta for this event.

See you on the trail!

Charlie

 

































 

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  • Gail

    Thanks Charlie for arranging a great hike. Super kudos to Rick for driving his sedan on the FS road. Did you see the picture of the directions posted? "The Forest Service Road to swinging bridge is rated for high clearance vehicles; a 4-wheel SUV or truck is recommended" Haha - you showed them!

    October 20

    • Jason

      Yeah, Rick's superpower is being able to turn that sedan into an SUV, then back into a sedan to keep up with Charlio Andretti. Thanks again for driving RIck, I had a blast with the great company on and off the trail.

      October 20

    • Gail

      And how could I forget....Thanks Jason for the laughs...bachelorettes and shots always make for great conversation.

      1 · October 20

  • Jennifer

    Oooops this hike was yesterday lol I'm a little behind in my emails

    October 20

  • Anna

    Hi - I am new to the group and Atlanta and looking forward to this hike with you all. I will also plan to be at the Best Buy in Alpharetta at 9:15am and can take a few people if needed! My cell is[masked]

    October 17

    • Stephanie G.

      I won't make it-I need to be back earlier. Thanks though!

      October 19

    • Jennifer

      I'd like to meet and follow bc I have no idea where this trail head is. I'll check to see if there's more than one best buy in Alpharetta or is there an address I can gps for the trail head?

      October 20

  • Leslie

    Fun, fun, fun. Thanks Charlie and group!

    October 19

  • Rick M

    Charlie, thank you for another wonderful trip with just the greatest group of people!

    1 · October 19

  • patty o.

    Help we need the coordinateS. We found some directions to the north side access but not sure that's right.

    October 18

  • Karen C.

    I plan to meet you guys at the Best Buy on North Point Drive in Alpharetta since I am coming from Tucker. It's my first time hiking with the group. How long is this hike? Is it rated easy, moderate or strenuous? I may have missed this info as I just signed up for the hike today.
    I can take a couple passengers if needed or catch a ride with one of you if there is still room.

    October 18

  • Gary Lynn K.

    I'm jonesin' for a ride from near the outlets in Dawsonville. I had to Google "jonesin" to make sure I'm using the term correctly. Close enough.

    October 16

  • Gail

    Am definitely interested in carpooling.

    October 10

    • Gary Lynn K.

      Me too. How was Switzerland? Amazing I'm sure.

      October 15

    • Gail

      It was awesome! Are you meeting at the Best Buy?

      October 15

  • Rick M

    I'll be at BB - Alpharetta @ 9:15 and can take a couple more people if it helps.

    October 14

    • veniece k.

      Hi Rick, I would like to come with u, thanks

      October 15

  • Leslie

    Got it, thanks. Charlie will be at the trail head. I will still be at BB Alpharetta @ 9.15 too if anyone needs or would like to carpool.

    October 15

    • Kal

      Please count me in

      October 15

  • Anna B

    At the bottom of the event description, my understanding is Charlie will not be at BB in Alpharetta. He will meet the group at the trailhead. Charlie, do you have a better gps add or coordinates of the trailhead because the one posted on the website is not found using google map.

    October 13

  • Leslie

    I'll be at BB looking for Charlie too. If we need another car, I am OK with driving.

    October 12

  • mike a.

    so,Leslie,am I car pooling with u n Charlie from Best Buy?

    October 10

  • Leslie

    I will also be at the carpool as a possible driver.

    October 10

  • Kerry A.

    I'm fairly close to the Best Buy car pool location, so I'll meet up there. Looking forward to it...

    October 10

  • Michael

    I will be at the carpool as a possible driver.

    1 · October 10

  • Kerry A.

    I would appreciate riding along with someone. I'm relatively well behaved and I have cash ;-)

    October 10

  • mike a.

    willing to meet up and carpool from any where in this state,more than glad to share expenses,with the lucky driver that is willing to let me ride!

    September 29

    • Leslie

      Mike, I will be at Best Buy with Charlie at 9.15, happy to drive, and have room at this point.

      September 30

  • Wendy

    Can we get a better address for the location of the meeting place? According to mapquest its in Tennessee. :( I'm not familiar with GA yet.

    September 29

  • T

    I would like to ride with someone.

    September 28

  • Leslie

    Would like to carpool. Happy to drive but would like to caravan with you Charlie so see you at Northpoint.

    September 28

  • Anna B

    Do you have coordinates of trail head? I google duncan trail and swinging bridge and they are 15 miles away.

    September 26

  • Neaha

    I would like to carpool as well
    ! Let me know before October 19 so we can meet at the common spot

    September 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    May I please carpool? Thanks.

    September 13

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