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Lick Log Creek Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This is one of three featured hikes along the Chattooga River. Designated a Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga is one of the few remaining free-flow streams in the Southeast. Don't forget a map as none are available in the area. The trail to Lick Log Creek Falls is an in-and-out hike that begins at Russell Bridge along Route 28 and follows the banks of the Chattooga River for roughly 4.5 miles. Watch the route carefully as you leave the parking area, however, since the trail begins by veering to the right and makes a mild 200-foot climb over a small ridge in the process. It is easier and more tempting to keep walking straight on a side path beaten down by trout fishermen, but this route is a dead-end that stops abruptly at the water’s edge. Instead, follow the black double blazes of the Chattooga River Trail as it loops around Brack Hill, which can be seen across the water."
--Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich, Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
This trail is a very nice, easy trail through an isolated beautiful gorge. The trail description posted from the referenced book is misleading in a couple of significant respects: (a) the starting point is not where the book says it is, and (b) the trail is not necessarily just an "out and back" trail.
The trail starts where the Chattooga River passes under the Highway, not 8.6 miles further as stated in the book. If you go 8.6 miles past where the road crosses the river as stated in the book, you will be in North Carolina.
The loop is obvious. The trail intersects another trail at 3.7 miles, making an easy loop trail out of the jaunt to the falls.
The falls are beautiful, cascading all the way down to the river. There is a steep side trail descent to the river from the trail that is worth the effort.
All in all, the hike is definitely a worthwhile 9 mile day hike. There are several large camp sites along the way for backpacking. Local tout the fishing as ideal.
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