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    April Pitts completed Lower Whitewater Falls

    6 months ago

    April Pitts completed Hidden Falls Trail

    6 months ago

    April Pitts reviewed Ellicott Rock Trail

    6 months ago

    We did this trail this on June 3. It's a beautiful walk along the Chattooga river. I love this river and enjoy being in this area. Unfortunately, there is a lot of brush on the river side of the river so you can't see the river the whole time but there are definitely places to get to the river and enjoy the view. I didn't feel the trail was strenuous but you will be tired when you get back to the car. I expect the view may be better in cooler weather. Never the less, I enjoyed the hike very much. We did find Ellicott Rock without much trouble. Use the recordings logged on this page and it will take you right to the spot. The water was up a good two feet while we were there. When you get to the spot on the trail the rock will be directly below you (heading north it will be on your left) at the water's edge. It was partially submerged when we were there so we didn't climb down to it. The water was moving a little too fast for comfort. The pink ribbon marking the spot is not there but there were several items tied in the overhanging trees marking the spot. This is a very good walk and took us over 4 hours. You can park in the parking area at Burrells Ford or you can drive a bit further down the road to the trailhead and park on the side of the road. The foot-traffic was light particularly after the first two miles. This place is crawling with critters. We saw 4 snakes (2 Ring Necks, 1 Rat Snake and 1 Copperhead), lots of lizards, snails, butterflies, beautiful flowers, a gazillion millipedes and so on. Your feet WILL get wet and muddy. as there are several water crossings. On a hot day it is a much appreciated cool-off though. We went through over 3 liters of water on this day. Luckily we brought our Sawyer squeeze-type system and didn't have to carry so much water weight. There were several beautiful areas around to take a snack, a dip or rest break. The river is amazing. The trail was not really marked - no blazes but it was easy to follow. There were only a time or two where we took 10 seconds or so to figure out where the trail cut through a large open area. There are a lot of dead and down trees on this trail. Some old and some freshly fallen. Some have fallen from the trail taking a chunk of the trail with it. Some areas are very rooty and you have to watch your footing. In places the bushes crowd the trail making for a tight walk. There were gnats galore and lots of mosquitoes so bring your bug repellent if you are bothered by them. I brought a small towel and ended up fanning my head the whole time to keep the mosquitoes out of my face and the gnats out of my nose and mouth. I would definitely do this hike again.

    April Pitts completed Ellicott Rock Trail

    6 months ago

    April Pitts saved Riley Moore Falls

    7 months ago

    April Pitts saved Rainbow Falls Trail

    11 months ago

    April Pitts reviewed Bartram Trail to Pinnacle Knob

    11 months ago

    We started the trail from Warwoman Dell. There were a few downed trees across the trail but well marked with yellow blazes. The hike up to the knob was not easy but doable. On the way back though - hello! That’s when this 45 year old chubbster started going downhill. Literally and figuratively. :) The hike was gorgeous. Lots of water crossings but bridges are in place so no wet feet to speak of. The 2 mile point is gorgeous and flat and perfect for a picnic and a day in the river. I went thru 2.5 liters of water as I was just shy of finishing the trail. We started at about 11:30 am and got back to the car around 5:15 pm. We didn’t take a break other than just a minute standing on the trail here and there. We spent about 30 minutes at the top. I clocked this trail at 9.9 miles round trip. I’ve never had such a mileage difference in the trail distance and my pedometer app. It felt like 9.9 miles. It was over 60 degrees on 1/21/18 and we were huffing and puffing and sweaty most of the time. Fantastic workout.

    April Pitts reviewed Cedar Rock

    11 months ago

    We did this trail on Jan 8 and there was a lot ice on the trail. Busted my booty courtesy of the ice. We did the full figure 8 and the Nooks trail. Not much to see on the Nook trail but pretty. I would highly recommend taking the complete Cedar Rock Trail. The section unmarked on the map above has the most stunning views. The water in our bladders started freezing later in the day. Dress in layers with special attention to toes and fingers. We saw several of mountain bikers on the trail but no issues with getting in each other’s way. I would imagine in warmer weather that may be an issue. Mostly a lovely walk in the woods and beautiful frozen river views.

    April Pitts saved Bear Hair Gap Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Unicoi to Helen Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Cat Gap Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved John Rock Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Bridal Veil Falls

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved JFA Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Gum Gap Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Chattooga Gorge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Thompson Loop

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Winding Stairs

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts saved Old River Road

    about 1 year ago

    April Pitts reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Gorgeous trail and stunning falls. I definitely wouldn’t rate this as an easy trail but well worth the effort. I refer to this as a Walmart trail because there were more people on it than in Walmart on Christmas Eve. Disappointed with an abundance of trash and toilet paper along the trail. We visited the two falls above rainbow and they we beautiful as well. I would definitely do this trail again. It’s a great place to bring a picnic and sit on a big ole rock and watch the river go by.

    April Pitts reviewed High Bluff Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Really enjoyed this trail. It’s a nice walk through the woods with unusual and interesting geography. There are a several lookout points to enjoy. We didn’t do the suspension bridge piece of the trail so we ended up around 4.5 mile hike. So minus the 650 steps to the bridge and back up the other side I would rate this as a super easy leisurely trail. I would definitely do this trail again when looking for a quick easy hike.

    April Pitts completed High Bluff Trail

    about 1 year ago