Hiking South Carolina
Half a day's hike along the East Fork of the Chattooga River and the Chattooga river itself. Walhalla Fish Hatchery, the enchanting East Fork gorge, and beautiful Spoonauger Falls make this hike a delight. The East Fork Trail leads through a lush, fertile gorge filled with hemlocks, mountain laurels, winterberries, sweet pepper-bushes, and unusually large white pines. Except for short distances at the two ends of the trail, the entire length of the East Fork Trail lies within the southernmost reaches of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area, a pristine 9,012-acre preserve on national forest lands closed to logging, vehicles, and activities which would disturb the area’s natural state.
This hike provides an easy walk along the playful, scenic East Fork of the Chattooga River, then down the majestic Chattooga itself, with a short side trip to Spoonauger Falls. Alternatives include a round-trip hike along the East Fork, from the Walhalla Fish Hatchery to the Chattooga River and back, and a long loop utilizing a portion of the Foothills Trail.