Ellicott Rock Trail is a 18.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 18.0 km Elevation Gain: 570 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The trailhead is on Bull Pen Road near Ammos Branch Campground. The route shown on this page has the hiker returning to the trailhead by walking along Bull Pen Road. This road is dirt and is lightly trafficked. Alternatively, hikers could leave a car at the eastern trailhead of the Ellicott Rock Trail on Bull Pen Road, and drive back to their car at the original trailhead. Hikers could also start this hike from the eastern trailhead on Bull Pen Road and do this hike in the opposite direction. This trail requires crossing the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. The crossing is about 60 feet wide, does not have a bridge, and can be dangerous at times. Cross with caution.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail just this summer and it is still one of our very favorite hikes in this area!! it's a gorgeous trail with a bunch of great camping sites throughout it!! Be sure to download the map when hiking this trail, at the end it can get confusing and may take you off trail easily. We were so glad to have the map downloaded for this hike, helped us NOT get lost!! very flowy trail and amazing river running next to trail. We will be hiking this one again very soon!!!

hiking
4 months ago

It’s been 25 years since I was last on this trail. It is neither technical nor full of glorious views.....but I loved it. Many more blow downs over trail. Love the habitat.

hiking
blowdown
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Went with 2 buddies and had a blast, we were very tired coming out but the scenery is like no other and about 8 miles in there’s a really old path marked with orange tape that’s been over grown but after getting scraped up and smacked by branches a few times on the way down you’re greeted with some white waters running into a circular pool-like area with your own private beach spot. Was really cool but verrrrry cold at night. Would recommend but be prepared for a lonnnng walk.

backpacking
blowdown
Mon May 06 2019

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.

Mon Oct 08 2018

Great trail with some good fishing at the end.

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