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hiking
5 days ago

Well marked trail and beautiful, did it in the winter after lots of freezing temps and it was beautiful to see the ice

This fall is actually broken up by an upper and lower Licklog Falls. The upper are hard to get a good photo op of as there is no way to get close to them but they are a sight to enjoy. The lower falls are a short ways up but there is a steep trek down to them. I saw a review that stated not for children but we had three 11 year olds and one 8 year old who had no issues.

We hiked this on New Year’s Eve and it was 34 degrees! Our hike was incredible. We loved the terrain as it was very easy to walk it. The elevation was moderate and provided an exceptional workout. The scenery was beautiful even though it was winter and cold. Oddly we totally missed the waterfalls but enjoyed the beach area and water. This ends up being a hike on our top 5 list. Well worth the drive from Atlanta.

hiking
14 days ago

We started at the Ridley Fields Parking lot on 28 and followed the marked trail for about 4.2 miles to Lick Log and Pig Pen Falls. Walking back we chose to follow a second trail that takes you right along the river. There are several nice spots to take a break (I think I remember seeing 3 fire pits) and plenty of opportunities for some great photos. We didn't encounter any hikers, just a couple of guys fishing (cold December day!) It was a very pleasant hike with beautiful views of the river (especially on our way back!)

hiking
14 days ago

Easy hike. Dog friendly. Great view of falls from river bed. Trail is well groomed and clearly marked.

Nice easy hike. Water fall was very nice

Easy trail to follow, a good hike for any level, and a good view once you arrive to the fall.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Superbly built trail system with fast, flowy descents and some decent climbing. My favorite trail is the Brown Wave with its pine trees and well groomed turns.

Neat place. Hike was interesting as it was more climbing than hiking.

This trail shouldn't be rated as Hard. It's easy until the last bit down to the falls, which is steep and tiring on the way up, but not at all dangerous. This should be a moderate rating at best. It's likely the Hard rating came from going left at the fork instead of right.

There is a water crossing at the end, just before the falls. The water is only shin deep and easy to walk in most places. You can try to rock-hop your way across, but most of the rocks are slick and submerged. Best to be prepared for getting your feet wet.

Overall, great hike and amazing falls. The Oconee area and Sumter Forest have some of my favorite falls in the area.

backpacking
1 month ago

I parked at he trailhead on Rt 28 and am only familiar with this section about 2-3 miles in. The river is beautiful with clear clean water. It was recently stocked with trout so I encountered frequent fly fishermen. Be prepared for COLD nights at this time of year. Although the trail follows the river, the trail is up on the hillsides so it is not viewable or approachable for the first half. Also there are no campsites at all along this part. At what I estimate the halfway point the trail drops down to the river, where it joins a well used unmarked trail which closely follows the river. Just past this point is a great campsite which is suitable for several campers. Its flat, open, right on the river, and has a nice firepit with seating. On hiking out, I took this unmarked trail which all the fishermen use to return to the parking area. It has several nice campsites along it also. This trail is easy to follow and starts at the parking area . It starts just to the left of the designated trail and has a large tree blocking the trail from vehicular traffic. I would definitely use it next time. Its far better than the official Chatooga trail. This trail is suitable for families and unleashed dogs, I took my Lab. Hope this review helps.

backpacking
2 months ago

It is a challenging hike as many parts are partially or totally blocked by trees down. We counted 27 trees blocking on the first 5 miles. Good camp site area on Bad Creek. We went with 8 Boy Scouts and they loved the challenge, specially on the parts of the paths that were blocked and we had to go off to continue. Temperatures were low 40s during the day and close to 32 at night.

Hiked this last weekend. Nice scenery, saw turkey, deer, hawks. Well marked. Still working to clear trees, but a nice hike.

This trail was beautiful in the fall- at times when the breeze picked up, the leaves would fall down like colorful confetti decorating our path. The trek in was very easy with mostly downhill terrain, so we knew that the hike out was going to be much more strenuous, and it was. We are in our mid-fourties and not in great shape, but we managed it with just a few pit stops to catch our breath. The whole trip was worth it though, the falls are beautiful! We went on a Monday the beginning of November, and we were the only ones there the whole day. It's quite a treat to have lunch at the falls alone with your sweetheart! We hiked in with camping stools so we we able to relax and just enjoy the beautiful oasis- we definitely recommend this trail!

Great trail! Not too strenuous with nice rolling incline/decline throughout the trail. Spectacular waterfall!

Favorite hiking area.

Not a bad walk in, dogs are allowed. Beautiful & tall waterfall.

Pretty trail, not too strenuous with a great beach to catch some rays before you head back out

Good starting hike

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