East Fork Trail

Sumter National Forest, South Carolina 29342

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain55ft
Trailhead Elevation2,098ft
Top2,154ft
Elevation Min/Max2098/2154ft
Elevation Start/End2098/2098ft

East Fork Trail

East Fork Trail is a hiking trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. It is within Ellicott Rock Wilderness and Sumter National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,098 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 55 feet. This trail connects with the following: Chattooga River Trail.

East Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

East Fork Trail Reviews

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5/8/2010
Hiked this trail with my six year old daughter and camped at the Chattooga River. It was a perfect out and back trail for her first backpack trip. The 2.5 mile hike to the river was just the right length and the scenery was varied and spectacular. The bridge and creek crossings crossings coupled with the change in elevation from the East Fork (at times it could be seen far below crashing and cascading over rocks, other times we sat next to it and looked for trout) made the hike exciting for her. It was also a very easy hike, mostly a gradual downhill to the Chattooga and the hike out was easy enough that the climb back to the Fish Hatchery was hardly noticeable. The camp sites at the River were, unfortunately over used and not too secluded but fine for our purposes. If you fly fish - get a license and bring your rod! Finally, checking out the fish hatchery at the end was a huge treat - and incentive for the final quarter mile when the "are we almost there's" start.
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4/21/2003
WE STARTED THIS HIKE AT THE BURRRELS FORD CAMPGROUND AND WENT UP THE ELLICOTT ROCK TRAIL AND THEN TURNED ONTO THE EAST FORK TRAIL. THIS CARRIED US TO THE WALHALLA FISH HATCHERY. FROM THE FISH HATCHERY WE HIKED UP THE FISH HATCHERY ROAD UNTIL WE CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS TRAIL AND WE TURN RIGHT ONTO THE FOOTHILLS TRAIL. THIS CARRIED US BACK TO THE BURRRELLS FORD CAMPGROUND. TOTAL LENGTH IS ABOUT 10 1/2 MILES. MOST OF THE TRAIL IS EASY TO MODERATE. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TRAIL. PROBABLY A LOTS OF PEOPLE IN THE SUMMERTIME. THIS IS ALSO A GOOD TRAIL FOR FOR BEGINNERS. THE FISH HATCHERY IS A MUST SEE. ADMISSION IS FREE. I WILL DO THIS HIKE AGAIN. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, WATERFALLS, AND RIVER.
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Trail Information

Sumter National Forest
Nearby City
Ellicott Rock Wilderness
Parks
Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664, (864) 638-9568.
Local Contacts
Trail Guide, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, Forest Service, Elicott Rock Wilderness Forest Service; Tamassee USGS quads.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018