Explore the most popular birding trails in Sumter National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this trail for the first time today. I’ll rank it up there as one of my favorite hikes. The 2.2 mike walk down to the Chatooga was beautiful. A gradual descent in a forest setting next to a creek. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful green ground cover. Finally it empties into the Chatooga. We didn’t see anyone on the trail going down but a couple of campers at the river. Great beach!!! Back up was a slow gradual ascent that was a decent workout but not at all difficult. Saw three others on the way up. Can’t wait to go back!!

this place is beautiful with a very diverse set of trails. There are a lot of mountain bikers but they share the trails very well. Love It!

This is one of my favorite spots, especially during summer bc it’s a great place to swim. The hike isn’t anything fancy unless it’s wild flower season and the butterflies are going nuts but the destination is worth it. Waterfall and river in one. Can’t beat it.

Easy trail. Great falls. More falls if you cross the logs on the left at the split. Great spot for dogs to run and swim.

Good hike plenty of water on trail.

Pretty little hike, kid friendly. We started at trailhead off Nicholson Ford Road. The gravel road goes on for a while, but it eventually dead ends at the trailhead. Follow chatooga River trail until it branches off left to Liklog Falls, and Pigpen falls. From what I understand, Pigpen falls is off a side trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Good Hike River view some places on river to get water

The Falls are so close to the parking area this is not much of a hike but the 3 tiers of Falls are stunning

hiking
1 month ago

After getting lost on the windy gravel road, then trying to get to the trailhead on the washed out dirt road, I didn't start the hike too happy....but once on the trail found it to be very beautiful, mostly wooded until you get to the falls. The grade is fairly easy down to the river and falls. The falls are very nice and there is a sandy area where it would be nice to hang out on a hot day and wade in the water.
I do recommend parking your car at the beginning of the dirt road that leads to the trail head. It is about a half mile hike down to the trailhead, but better than taking out the bottom of your car.

a little hard to find the trailhead. unless you have a good 4x4 don't try to drive down the dirt road, just walk it to be safe. Really fun waterfall with great swimming hole in the summer! Lots of fun!

fishing
2 months ago

I fly fished the chatooga. started at burells ford. beautiful trail and so very easy. Great Day!

Great hiking! But it's very popular for off-road biking. if you prefer not seeing many people, a mid week hike is suggested.

This is a great trail and wonderful falls. The road back to the trailhead is dirt, but well graded. Make sure you look for the trailhead sign when you park as there are several places that look like they could be the trailhead. We got a great surprise when we ended up down by the river. We will definitely go back when the weather is warmer so we can enjoy the river. We saw kayakers on the river. Make sure you go all the way to the falls. Once you get down by the river, you need to look for the trail that leads back to the falls. It is a fairly steep climb back up from the river, but the rest of the trail is a nice hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Just an okay hike. Definitely recommend walking in instead of driving, the road was awful and had huge holes/ravines when I went in January. Not that impressive of a waterfall but a nice hike for an afternoon.

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
4 months 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!)

mountain biking
5 months 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.

Love it

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

backpacking
6 months 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.

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.

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

This is a nice walk, it is heavily used.

This is my favorite Sunday afternoon trek.

Great beginner mountain biking trails

The trails are well kept and the amount of different trails make it so that I was never bored.

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