Chauga Narrows

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


0.60 miles





Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Waterfall
  • Fishing
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • No Fee


Fisherman and hikers will enjoy the easy 20-minute walk to the Narrows. The fishermen will be delighted with the supply of stocked brown and rainbow trout and the many remote pools. Hikers will enjoy the view, the wildflowers and the abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer and turkey.

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Fisherman and hikers will equally enjoy the easy, 20-minute path to the Chauga Narrows, because there is both turbulent whitewater and relaxing flat water waiting nearby. The Narrows itself drops about 25 feet during a 200-foot run down a chute seemingly carved from an action movie set. And while it’s merely another example of a Chauga River “waterfall” (read: Class VI rapid), the Narrows are a worthy destination.

Time to hike: 20 minutes


From Walhalla drive west on SC 28 for 6.6 miles and turn left onto Whetstone Road (Oconee County S-37-193). (Just before the Mountain Top Trading Post).

Drive 3.8 miles to Blackwell Bridge (this bridge crosses the Chauga River) and park beyond the bridge.

Hike 0.6 mile downstream to the falls on a faint path that parallels the river.

(Caution: At approximately 0.5 mile the river curves right and the dirt path becomes rock. The wet areas of these rocks can be very slippery.)

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