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When the weather is nice the main FATS trails get busy. For a little less traffic Big Rock & Tower are a great option. NW of the main FATS trailhead.
If you want the most elevation gain Deep Step is a good one. A bit more technical so not as many MTB riders if you are hiking.
Beautiful waterfall! There are two trails from parking. The trail is behind the sign post of Sumter Forest near Burrells Ford Road. It would take about .7 mile. Another trail is past the gate on the parking and go down the gravel road until you see the campground on right. Stay LEFT on the road and before you see the wood bridge, you will see the sign says King Creek Falls arrow/trail on the left side. Go there and it would take about .9 mile.
If you want to visit Spoonauger Falls, do NOT park on this parking! It would take 1.2 miles along Chattoogue River and need to go across Burrells Ford Rd. So just drive past the parking and go down. When you see the bridge, look for the sign post of Sumter Forest on right and park there on the side of the road (BEFORE the bridge). Follow the trail and it would take less than 1/2 mile.
Great hike on 2/19/17. Parked at Russells bridge lot on 28 at the SC/GA line, hiked 3.5 miles before encountering our first person (backpack camper), then some father/son campers near the falls. Great day and weather. Was a total of 9 miles in and out. I'll be back to see that beautiful Chatooga on this hike.
I attempted this trail 2 days ago, however I think I went down the wrong left hand path (the one that had the arrrow made of stones blocking it and signaling to continue on the main path). After I realized that the left hand path I chose was treacherous, I went a bit further on the main path, but didn't see the mysterious left hand path I was supposed to take to descend. Can anyone advise me - is the path I was supposed to take before or after the one I took?