Earls Ford

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


0.3 miles


One Way


Natural, Dirt

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

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


Earls Ford is a nice .3-mile, hiking-only trail where you descend through a mixed hardwood and pine forest in the quiet, fresh mountain air.

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To reach the mini-rapids and broad flat water of the scenic Chattooga River, follow this gently sloping, .3-mile, hiking-only trail. You will descend through a mixed hardwood and pine forest in the quiet, fresh mountain air. Just before the river, go left at a boulder, and you will reach the broad riverbank. Watch for deer, snakes and other wildlife. A number of small footpaths divert from the main trail, and offer other opportunities to explore this area. Be aware that this is an isolated area, so remember to bring water and first aid supplies, in addition to insect repellent. Pets are permitted.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

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


From Walhalla: Drive northwest on SC 28 and turn left onto Whetstone Road (Oconee County S-37-193). Drive 5 miles, and cross Chattooga Ridge Road (S-37-196) where Whetstone becomes Earls Ford Road. Continue another 4 miles to the parking area at the end of Earls Ford Road. The trailhead is at the end of the parking area.

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Sumter National Forest | Andrew Pickens Ranger District | 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-9568 | Email

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Lat: 34.87833675499292
Long: -83.22962227408914