Bull Sluice

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


0.2 miles


One Way


Gravel, Paved

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Water Launch
  • Fishing
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


Bull Sluice is a Class Five rapid on the Chattooga River. From the center's parking lot, follow the trail down the hill to where it forks (remember you got to walk that hill coming back).  Take the right fork through the woods to the river below (the left fork take you to a beach area downstream of the rapids). 

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This Chattooga River access trail provides a moderately steep .2-mile paved route to flat water, or a moderately difficult .2-mile gravel path to the Bull Sluice rapids rushing over jutting boulders. Beginning at the left of the stone pavilion near the parking lot, you will walk beneath a cool canopy of mixed pine and hardwood trees. During your walk, you may encounter a number of birds, various wildlife, such as deer, and possibly a snake. After approximately 100 yards, you can turn left and descend on the paved trail to the sandy, rocky riverbank, or you can turn right and follow the rugged gravel trail along the mountainside to a wooden railing overlooking the rapids. The trail is not maintained beyond this point.

Insect repellent is recommended during warm weather months. Primitive facilities are available in the stone pavilion. Pets are permitted.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Camping: Primitive camping is permitted in Sumter National Forest. Contact the information number for details.


From Westminster: Drive northwest on US 76. The trailhead is on the right just before the Chattooga River at the Georgia border.

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Lat: 34.81569673226522
Long: -83.30534376316587