Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Quick hike from the parking lot with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Really enjoyed this one after camping along the Chattooga River the night before.

Short easy hike a a nice waterfall with a small swimming hole. Great spot to cool off during the hot summer months.

Nice short little hike with an amazing view of the waterfall. Took my 3yr old with me and he did great. There are a lot of roots along the path, but otherwise a great hike.

Good hike plenty of water on trail.

We parked @ Sloan Bridge and hiked to Burrell’s Ford and back. Consider doing the reverse if you want the more moderate hike the first half and don’t mind driving down the gravel road to Burrell’s Ford to start. Spectacular Spring day. Chattooga River was rushing. Fresh, new green growth and wildflowers abounded. Sections with lots of roots but others covered with easier pine straw. Great views along the way. Trail well maintained.

1 month ago

Good Hike River view some places on river to get water

I would say easy/Moderate trail. Some narrow paths, and a lot of roots. However we took our 2 & 3 year old kids and they walked it there and back no problem. In fact my 2 year old was tugging on me to hurry. It’s definitely worth the hike. Very serine, and the waterfall is absolutely beautiful.

The road getting to the trail was a little rough. You drive over two creeks. The trail is beautiful. The waterfalls are clean and flowing strong.

2 months ago

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

Beautiful falls, easy trail, easy to find!

3 months ago

We were in the area and found the trail to the King. It's a 20 min. hike from Burrell's Ford campground. Great hike but after a recent snowfall, the last hundred yards to the falls were icy and quite the challenge. The view at the falls was definitely worth the risk. The water was gushing and the trickle falls to the side were iced over. Spectacular to say the least.

4 months ago

Diverse forest types in one hike. My friend and I measured more then 9.7 miles... maybe 10.5 is closer to the mark.
the trail is very well marked but there are areas that are really chewed up by passing horses. It rained 2 days before so you had to watch this areas. Though a bridge is out in 2 spots you can still cross both areas without getting wet feet.

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.

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!)

4 months 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

4 months ago

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

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.

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

Good starting hike

7 months ago

Great hike. Young children friendly. Beautiful falls and the children loved playing at the falls.

Great trail and pretty easy. Some beautiful river views and access. Wonderful hike on a beautiful Labor Day. Would definitely hike again and would enjoy camping.

Great easy hike beautiful falls.

Beautiful easy trail

not well marked at all, lined with private drives. one such residence let their 3 Huskies run loose, which met us at the end of their drive and stood and barked, the path led past them.i had to scream at them to get them to back off. I had my 4 year old and 8 mo with me, and I wasn't chancing a dog bite, so we turned around and left without seeing anything. very disappointing. I suggest carrying a really big stick

Our daughter absolutely loved this hike and had a blast playing in the pool at Pigpen with her cousin. There was a tree down blocking the trail between Pigpen and Licklog the first time we visited, but we have gone back to play at Pigpen again and got to go check out Licklog. Definitely worth the easy hike.

Several nice but well used camping areas along the trail that are either creek side or along the wider Chattooga. Sites are roomy and offer space for tents. We hammock camp so some sites had trees too far apart but we had no trouble finding a good spot. The hike in is very easy with a down slope. Hiking out with your gear is still easy but you are hiking out and slightly up. There are three really lovely waterfalls. The first, Pigpen is smaller and has a great wading pool. Safe enough even for younger children. Upper Licklog is viewed from the trail and is scenic. Lower Licklog can be accessed by a steep side trail but is worth the trip down and up. Early June is stunning because the rhododendrons are in bloom. Trail can be narrow and roots slick.

11 months ago

Great easy trail, nice camp spots beside river. We found a rope swing at one of the campsites that the kids enjoyed. Great summer hike. Best early before crowds arrive . Trail is narrow in places, be careful with small kids. Hike down to the falls is worth it.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

nice hike lots of time beside the river

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Walked to lick log and pigpen falls from Nicholson ford then backtracked north on the Chattooga River trail to Big Bend falls. Beautiful walk. The trip to lick log and pigpen falls from the parking area was an easy hike in and out. The last few yards down to the river and the base of the falls were steep and treacherous. From Nicholson ford to the river and back is only right at 2 miles but the walk a little further north or south on the Chattooga River trail is worth the effort.

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