Chattooga River Trail

Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain814ft
Trailhead Elevation2,063ft
Top2,179ft
Elevation Min/Max2038/2179ft
Elevation Start/End2063/2063ft

Chattooga River Trail

Chattooga River Trail is a hiking trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is within Sumter National Forest and Ellicott Rock Wilderness. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 2,063 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 814 feet. The Spoonauger Falls viewpoint can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Ellicott's Rock viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Path to Spoonauer Falls, Burrells Ford Road, Mountain Fork Spur Trail and East Fork Trail.

Chattooga River Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"As you would expect, the Chattooga River Trail follows the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River over the entire length of the hike. Although at times you’ll be standing high above the banks, you’ll never leave its side. Large boulders strewn across the waterway create a canvas of nature that was painted perfectly. With calm sandy beaches for the dogs, and stunning scenery, this hike is among my favorites. Whether you find Ellicott Rock or not, it’s about the journey, not the destination. To enhance the experience, take the tangent trip to see Spoon Auger Falls." Read more

Chattooga River Trail Reviews

4
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
icon9 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
10/24/2008
I've been here countless times. I don't know where to start. Great fishing great atmosphere great everything. If there's anywhere on this trails.com that you NEED to go to, the Chatooga River is one of them. It's that simple.
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
10/9/2008
Rewarding hike. Fine river scenery. Had a little trouble with the trail markings.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
8/12/2008
beautiful area, quite scenic and easy hiking. Avoid the weekends and hike during the week and you will likely have solitude.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
6/17/2006
I traveled the Chatooga/Foothill Trail from the Burell Ford trailhead south to Big Bend Falls. The trail is suffering from errotion and is very rooty. You must constantly watch your footing. There are numerous existing campsites along the river and all were empty the weekend we were there. Many of the river side campsites at Burell Ford campground were occupied with families, but no one else was spending the night on the trail. The river itself is clean and beautiful with numerous small rapids and pools for swimming. The water temperature is a little on the cool side, but it was definatley refreshing. At night the air is cool by the river and made summer sleeping very nice and we actually used our sleeping bags to warm up in the middle of the night. Overall, I rate this area 6.5 out of 10.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
3/13/2006
The Chattooga is a good weekend trail with lots of waterfalls and good campgrounds. My two favorite waterfalls were Big Bend and King Creek falls (even though Spoonauger gets a lot more attention). We made base camp at Burrell's Ford campground and did all the trails in the area.. BEWARE: Ellicott Rock is "obscure"! Great trail for beginner backpackers.. I definitely would recommend the sandy beach campsite on the way to Lick Log Falls--it's beautiful!
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
10/21/2005
We hiked North on this trail and had a very pleasant hike. The first four miles to Licklog falls are an easy hike-good for a first time backpacker or if backpacing with children. The river is beautiful and the trail is wide and flat. Past the falls, the trail became more difficult. many trees were down, causing some awkward and amusing climbing and crawling scenes. The trail is suffering from erosion so roots and shaky ground make the going slow. My hiking partner and I suffer from ankle and knee issues, and this part of the trail hurt us a bit. We thoroughly enjoyed the view of the river and even in the height of fall backpacking and fishing season, we saw few people. The trail was, however, a Leave No Trace nightmare. Socks dangled from trees, Pepsi bottles littered the ground, and we continuously picked up litter. Additionally, the campsites were too close to water and often right on the trail, really hurting the illusion of solitude.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
5/24/2004
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
10/11/2001
We hiked the north section of Chattooga Trail and found the area to be very natural. There was some signs of hikers/fishermen/campers not leaving the camping areas in a no trace condition but the trails were easy to follow and the natural beauty of the area was wonderful.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
4/17/1999
I hiked the small section where the Foothills trail joins the Chattooga trail. Most of the trail is right next to the river so there are rocks and other obstacles associated with the river. Watch out for snakes! During our short hike on the river, we saw several baby snakes.
0
Comments

Chattooga River Trail Photos

Trail Information

Sumter National Forest
Nearby City
Ellicott Rock Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Swimming, Hiking
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 16, F3
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018