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- Water Launch
- No Fee
Sandy Ford is a moderately steep, .3-mile, hiking-only gravel and crushed rock trail to reach the gentle rapids of the scenic Chattooga River.
From the sign at the parking area, you will descend on this moderately steep, .3-mile, hiking-only gravel and crushed rock trail to reach the gentle rapids of the scenic Chattooga River. You will cross several foot-bridges over cool mountain streams, amid hardwood, pine, and cedar, interspersed with rhododendron and fern. Watch for deer, snakes, and other wildlife. 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. Drive 3 miles, and turn left onto FS road 721A. Drive another 1.5 miles. The trail is on the left in the parking area at the end of the road. (Please drive carefully. This is a narrow and winding dirt road may be especially challenging in wet weather.)