Chattooga Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A two day backpack on an undulating trail along the Chattooga river; a pristine National Wild and Scenic River. The Chattooga is a wild, rushing river with crashing waterfalls, coves lush with mountain laurel, and banks covered in brilliant wildflowers.
The Chattooga Trail is a favorite of hikers, who, because boating and rafting is banned along this stretch, share their delight only with other hikers and the occasional fly caster near Burrells Ford. Fans of the movie Deliverance may recognize the terrain south of the Russell Bridge, where much of the film’s whitewater footage was shot. Despite the large number of rapids on the Chattooga, locations for taking a cool dip abound. The trail travels along the Chattooga River for much of the hike, often along the river’s banks and sometimes high up on the bluffs. The mountains and cliffs on the Georgia side of the river form a scenic backdrop. You ascend and descend frequently as you cross numerous small streams and wind your way around and through a seemingly endless series of coves and ravines."