Looking for a great trail in Ellicott Rock Wilderness, North Carolina? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, forest trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Ellicott Rock Wilderness ranging from 4.6 to 11.2 miles and from 2,171 to 3,129 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Ellicott Rock Wilderness is located in three different states, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. All the hiking trails in Ellicott Rock Wilderness are located in North Carolina and South Carolina. There are no trails in Georgia. There are 6 designated trails in Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Ellicott Rock Wilderness is managed by the United States Forest Service and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation system. It was designated in 1975, totals 8,274 acres, and spans across three states. Ellicott Rock Wilderness contains the iconic Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. Designated wilderness is unique containing some of America’s most wild and undeveloped public land.

backpacking
blowdown
16 days ago

My wife and I backpacked this trail over a 3 day period. We started from the western trail head and went counter clockwise. The trail up to the river had a lot of trees down that were difficult to navigate with a large pack on. The trail is very easy to follow though. Doing the trail in this direction leads you to the Chattooga river at about 4 miles in. There are 2 old camp sites just before crossing the river. Recommend only using these sites if you cannot safely cross the river. The river crossing can be tricky depending on the water level and temperature. There is no clear shallow path across, and the rocks can shift a bit when stepped on. if you do cross the river in this direction the promise of better camp sites are about 150 yards down the trail. Going counter clockwise on the trail after crossing the river is a large ascent up the hills. After about 3 miles you will come back to bull pen rd. There is a lot of water along the road, but it can be difficult to get to near the trail. I recommend hiking approximately 1.2 miles down the road to the established camping/ picnic site near McCall Rd. The rest of the trail along the road is pretty easy. You will eventually get to a gorgeous waterfall, with great views and access. The ticks were very thick, found 5 in 2 days, so be aware of that. my wife and I enjoyed this trail, we just wish there had been a little more info on the camp sites and how difficult the river crossing was.

Really easy trail, lots of traffic. Falls are just ok, not worth a repeat visit.

we did a overnight backpacking hike on this trail. there were a high number of down trees on the trail so there was obstacles while hiking. the end of the trail was at the river and we were able to set up camp there and there was an area for a fire pit and a log to sit on. We did not see any other hikers on this trail except on the opposite side of the river. Pretty hike but strenuous at the end and coming back.

backpacked loop from 4/4/19 to 4/6/19. Foothills trail was clear. Fork mountain section completely covered with trees blocking the trail. Too many to even count from Indian Camp Branch to Bad Creek connector. Pace for that section was half normal speed. First half mile on Chattooga River section from Bad Creek had couple of trees down after that clear back to Burrell's Ford.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

a little muddy and wet but my how beautiful. suprisingly larger than anticipated.

hiking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

The trail was nice enough but pretty muddy with a lot of ankle-twisting roots. Had to duck/crawl under so very many rhododendron that created a canopy over the trail at times. Some water crossings required wet feet. Most of the camp sites were huge, open, and showed evidence of heavy use but were nice, nonetheless. I found a site that with a bit more seclusion that served me nicely. It had great water access but too fast to take a dip and cool off. Tons of fishermen but I didn't see any other hikers with packs nor anyone setting up camp (save for one camp that I saw on my way back out. Still too early for ticks and bugs. The trail doesn't appear to have a clear terminus at the northern end (or I just didn't reach it). I think I overshot my intended end-point and the trail became increasingly difficult with obstacles difficult to navigate with a full pack until I gave up on the slow and annoying progress and went back to the campsite I wanted to stay at, anyway. This was my first trip after moving across the country a year ago and some naturing was sorely needed. the trail did the trick, but also left me wanting for a little more.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Lots of trees blown down, and lots of places to jump water sources.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trial.short but runs into a couple others so you can keep going.

The Spoonauger Falls trail was very easy to find just off the hard pack dirt road that leads you there. The views along the trail were of the Chattooga River rapids. The falls themselves were a lot larger than I had originally though, which was a pleasant surprise. My Video of the Falls: https://youtu.be/jQBfZkSRIqQ

Attempted to hike the loop 12/17-12/18. We camped at Burrells Ford Campground and headed East on the Foothills trail. There were a lot of trees and bushes down along the trail. We turned around about 5 miles into the trip and headed back to Burrels Ford. The next morning we hiked North on the Chattooga Trail. Again we found a lot of tress and bushes blocking the trail. We were disappointed that we couldn't complete the loop, but we enjoyed our time. King Creek Falls and Spoonauger Falls were impressive.

beautiful but isn't all of the chattooga?!

beautiful beautiful beautiful. went during the week, saw 2 guys fishing.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail.. plan to get your feet wet.. with rain the past 4 days, we could not find the rock due to high and fast water. maybe next time. the trail is awesome, and the scenery is better. You can see and hear the river most of the way.

Absolutely beautiful during the fall. Easy to follow and great spots for camping along the river. Highly recommended.

hiking
6 months ago

First - this is NOT a loop trail - It's an out & back between the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery and the Chattooga River. The incline is not the reported. 1,263ft by any means. Relatively straight trail with few obstacles - you can keep a very nice pace. Small waterfalls along the way with a few chances to get close to the water and climb on some rocks. Fall colors are PEAK right now.

Great trail with some good fishing at the end.

Great hike. Many down trees on Fork Mountain section

The part along the river is nice, but the poor signage in places and the abundance of downed trees along the trail make it hard to enjoy.

Nice hike! With the recent storms, there are a lot of trees down across the trail. The stretch with Blue Trail markers is not marked very often, and some of it is overgrown so it can be easy to lose the trail. The majority of it is well marked and well-defined. There are some challenging sections. Can be done as a day hike or broken up into 2 days. There are really nice camping sites along the Chatooga River Trail.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
blowdown
11 months ago

Completed this trail in May 18. It was a very peaceful easy hike that was not too busy. Camped 2 nights with plenty of spots. The trail was in good shape, but we nor anyone else could find the "rock". River is beautiful and great to cool off in. Brought fly rod but no fish landed. Others were catching fish on spinning rods with some artificial baits I did not know of or have. If you want to catch fish do some research as I did not. Overall nice relaxing, easy walk. Bugs weren't terrible for late spring and really no wildlife seen. Great for families or beginners.

This was my first ever hike. It was beautiful, but not a great hike for a first hike. I recommend for someone who's used to hiking and does it often. It's mostly up hill. Had a great time, but won't try anymore hikes over 4 miles anytime soon.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Good hike plenty of water on trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Good Hike River view some places on river to get water

hiking
Thursday, January 11, 2018

We hiked this on January 10, 2018 and saw no other hikers. The sign for Bullpen road is missing at 107, look for a road marked 1100. The forest itself is the real payoff on this trail. We had a nice picnic by the river. I couldn’t find Ellicott’s rock. There are a lot of trees down, many from recent storms. The trail is passable but there are a lot of obstacles. It was rainy and cloudy so views were limited.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trail was difficult to follow but worth every minute!

camping
Monday, June 12, 2017

We just backpacked and camped there this weekend. We really enjoyed it! The trail does have a number of downed trees, some small and some not so small, across the trail. It was a little over 3 miles from parking just beyond the trailhead to the camping spots along the river. The first 1 mile in is mostly uphill and the last 2 miles are mostly down hill. Obviously the hike out is more challenging. There are 2 very nice camp spots by the river. Ellicott Rock is actually a little further down the trail- marked by a pink ribbon on the right. We thought the marker was out on the island, but now I believe the rock is directly below the ribbon, on the bank (after looking at another post on here). I think we were standing in it . We did not hike further down the trail. The first 3 miles do not have nice camp sites, besides the 2 on the river. I'm not sure what else is down stream. Bring a fishing pole - lots of fish in the river! Great hike and camping- would definitely do it again!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a great day-hike trail. It has a bit of an anticlimactic finish, but the views along the flower lined river are great the whole trail. Be prepared, though. The trail gets a bit narrow after the bridge. It also has quite a few downed trees and some slippery spots after some rain.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

My favorite section of this trail by far. Stays w/ the river all the way w/ some great swimming holes. Not a lot of trash or people to run into and not very strenuous. Check out spoon auger falls at burrell's ford on the way back to finish the trip.

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