This moderately difficult, 15.5-mile trail runs parallel to the famous
Chattooga River and through some of the finest wilderness in South
Carolina. At points along the way, it shares sections with the
Foothills and Bartram trails, but make no mistake, this trail is all
about the wild Chattooga River watershed. The trail is popular among
hikers because for many points along the way you won’t see a soul.
Boating is prohibited along major sections of the river, so the
countryside gets few visitors other than hikers or anglers. The
Chattooga Trail's variety of terrains, sometimes rises on high
bluffs and other times descends so close to the river’s edge that the trail
floods following heavy rains. The northern terminus of the
Chattooga Trail is Ellicott Rock, however, many hikers choose to
shuttle cars between the southern trailhead and Burrells Ford
Campground (which makes the hike 13.3 miles one-way). Waterfall lovers shouldn’t miss this
trail, since you can see a number of them here including King Creek, Spoonauger, Big Bend,
Pig Pen, and Licklog Falls.
15.5 miles one-way.
From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for 7.5 miles and bear right
onto SC 107. Drive approximately 10 miles and turn left onto Burrells
Ford Road (FS 708). The parking area is three miles ahead on the left.
The trailhead is at the northeast corner of the parking
area behind a large brown signboard. If you just want to hike to
Ellicott Rock, continue on Burrells Ford Road an additional 0.4 mile.
A stone marker inscribed “Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area,” marks the
Southern trailhead: From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 to
the South Carolina/Georgia border. Parking and the trailhead are on
the right, just before the Russell Bridge, at the Ridley Fields parking
area. Additional parking is available on the Georgia side.
Camping is available at Burrells Ford Campground. Along the trail
camping is permitted,
except within 50 feet of the river. Within the boundaries of Ellicott
Rock Wilderness Area, camping is permitted, but sites must be 50 feet
from the river, any other water, or trails, and ¼ mile from any road.
Campfires are allowed in existing fire rings.
Camping is also available at nearby Oconee State Park. Call
1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make your reservations.
Forest, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew
Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664,
Updated: July 21, 2005
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