Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

walking
1 day ago

Great spot! The trail was easy and the swimming area at the end is beautiful. The only problem we had was with the number of people there - you need to come early if you want to have a nice spot. It was also difficult to handle our dog with so many people and their dogs, too.

The trail is lovely and not too difficult. It was a perfect first backpack trip for my 10 year old. For a mid-week trip, the trail was pretty busy and there was one large group of backpackers that left a lot of trash... There is a small section of the trail along the river that is washed out and would be more than a little challenging in higher water. We also encountered a few snakes and I nearly stepped on a copperhead in the middle of the trail. The highlight? Seeing otters playing in the river while eating breakfast.

I've hiked four of the six trails Great Wall Loop, Deep Step, Big Rock and Tower. The trails on the South Trail head Great Wall Loop, Deep Step, Brown Wave and Skinny Loop are easy to find, and you usually have to share those trails with mountain bikers, which has never been a problem for us. There is a North Trail head, and that's where you can find Big Rock and Tower, their location isn't easy to find. You have to go a mile down Logging Road 661 and you will come to the parking lot( not very big), but that's where both the trailheads can be found. These Trails you usually have to yourself because of their location.

hiking
8 days ago

These falls are perfect if you wanted to spend a day with family and friends on a beach next to some beautiful falls. I cooked out on my grill and waded into the cool water a bit. If we didn't have 4 more falls to see, the entire day could've been spent there.

hiking
12 days ago

The road down is a bit rough, definitely don’t take more then a backpack. The falls were great and a nice small beach area. Can get a little crowded.

Great short hike along a well marked trail slow descent path past a river bend sand into the falls. Little not to like. Falls in full flow after all the past weeks rain.

backpacking
21 days ago

this Trail is perfect for hiking a mountain biking the length of the trail makes it challenging I would not recommend for a beginner hikers but if you've ever hiked the couple long Trails this Trail would be perfect for you lots of opportunity to run into wildlife living and dead LOL

The falls at the end of this trail were beautiful and worth the hike. Finding the trailhead was a little confusing. The actual trail was 75 yards back up the road from the trail marker.

hiking
26 days ago

Way too crowded for my taste. We had limited time and this was close, but the sandy beach at the bottom isn’t big enough for too many car loads of people to spread out. Try a spot on the Chattooga if there are multiple cars there.

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!

Well worth the hike.

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.

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
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls, flowing about a hundred yards right into the Chatooga River. Like past reviews state, the trail really isn't hard. It's mostly a gradual descent, about a mile and a half down an old two track. It can be confusing as it is not well marked. Go right at the fork just after the start. About a mile in, the trail veers north, you'll see an arrow made of rocks on the ground pointing the way right. You will be just over the river now on your left, and its loud. There's a side trail down towards the river, but keep going further to the red flag the left side of the trail. Go down here, straight towards the river. The trail heads down from here, and it's steep, but there are lots of trees to hold on to. Great spot on the river. There's a path up the right towards the falls, with several boulders to sit on and enjoy the falls. Or you can wade across the creek for a better trail up to the left side of the falls.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls. One of my favorites yet. The rating is wrong. This hike is mostly moderate. The only section that gets your heart pumping is the uphill from the falls. An added bonus is Oppossum Creek Falls. Just down the main road a bit. A moderate 3 or more mile hike to another beautiful fall. Love the Chattooga River.

on Lick Fork Lake Trail

2 months ago

Park opens May 1.

Wonderful hike with an incredible reward at the end. Highly recommended!

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!

The trail length is around 5 miles total. Pretty hike.

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

My daughter and I hiked this tail yesterday, beautiful sunny day, 55 degrees! We started at the Bad Creek parking lot and hike to the top of Whitewater Falls and back. It was a nice hike we enjoyed it.
Beautiful falls, well worth the hike!!

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
5 months ago

The falls are beautiful and powerful. A nice overlook!

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

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.

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