Most trails and outdoor spaces are open, and outdoor recreation is encouraged. Please follow outdoor recreation social distancing guidelines and trail etiquette. Be respectful of others, and call ahead if there's uncertainty regarding the trail being open (contact information can be found on each trail page).
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- Water Launch
- No Fee
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.
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.Directions:
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.