Chattooga Trail

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Chattooga Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.4 miles
200 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly



nature trips





1 month 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!)

3 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.

5 months ago

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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

we took a group of friends (non-hikers) and our three dogs with us on this hike. since it's point to point we started at Ridley Field and wanted to have another car at Burrells. Well, what an adventure that was! There is no cell service whatsoever in Mountain Rest and none of the locals can give accurate directions to Burrells. This caused us to start three hours after we had planned to. However, we really enjoyed the hike! We didn't make it as far as planned on day 1 since we started so late and it was getting late in the day, (we were with non hikers who were ready to be done) we made it about 8 miles in and found a campsite right off the trail. My husband and I slept with a dog each in our hammocks by the river and our friends all brought tents, their dog slept with them. the campsite was big enough to accommodate three tents and three hammocks and we still had a great fire and were lulled to sleep by the river! it was about 70 doing the day and it went down to 35 at night, we were very grateful to have brought our hiking sleeping bags to put inside the hammocks even though I still thought my toes had frozen off ;). Overall, the trail had some rough parts that really need to be cleared--we cleared some but I only had a small axe on hand and there are some large trees down that were funny to get over! this hike can be done in one day if you really want to get through it! We may come back sans-dogs, friends and overnight packs and do it again!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Could someone recommend a section of the trail that would be good for a day hike--out and back. Looking for a family hike that is somewhat strenuous,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This was a fairly strenuous trail for the group we were traveling with due to the steep inclines and declines throughout it. We spent about 3.5-4 hours on the trail prior to kayaking Lake Tugaloo and had a very good experience. It was a lot of fun running next to some gorges and looking down and across the area. Overall the trail was a great experience and I wish we had taken more pictures and had more time to spend on it. Prior to accessing the main area of the trail, we went down to the waterfront near the Bull Sluice rapid which is a pretty neat experience in itself.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

One of my favorite places on earth !

Sunday, April 06, 2014

This trail was excellent. It is certainly strenuous. Part of it are on the rock banks of the river. It was clear to us they are done a great deal of work. We found the perfect spot somewhere between big bend falls and lick log. Everyone was friendly and kindling was plentiful. I highly suggest taking your dog if they are tame. I took a friend for their first camping trip and they had an incredible time. Great views.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Great trail. We went up on a mid-October Saturday. Despite dozens of cars in the parking area near the bridge, we didn't encounter many people. Of those we did see, most were campers.

For beginning hikers, it should be noted that this trail is unpaved and has a good mix of inclines/declines and flat areas. We hiked just after a light rain and combined with the leaves, some areas could be a little slick if you weren't wearing good shoes.

There are a few waterfalls that were just a short jaunt off the main trail.

The views here are awesome. The Chattooga River is one of the prettiest rivers in the country. For the most part, the trail hugs the river and only jogs off into more wooded areas intermittently. There are tons of areas to camp, some of which saddle up to sandy banks of the Chattooga.

Happy hiking!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Very nice trail! Followed the Chattooga most of the way. Lots of great scenery, terrific views of the river and other vistas. Hike was moderate, trails were very well marked and a peaceful hike. Camped at Burrell's Ford.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This is a beautiful Hike. We went backpacking here, and it is still one of our favorites. The trail follows the river most of the way, but at times breaks off into the woods for a couple miles. Several Camping spots along the way. We drove two cars so we would have one at the end of the trail the next day to take us back to the other.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great hike! Many camping options along the way, most with easy river access. Pretty secluded too...only started seeing a few people as we approached Burrell's Ford campground. Kings Creek Falls is a must see!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Great hike! Awesome camping area at the halfway point. Some trees down but work had been done. Would love to kayak the river! Planning a trip soon!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Just finished a weekend backpacking trip along the Chattooga (this was my second time through). The trail was pretty much as I remembered it, with constant ascents/descents from river side to bluffs overlooking it. Trail conditions were fair; lots of large, fallen trees along this segment. However, there was evidence of trail work being recently performed as well. River levels seemed low - the portion of the trail that is sometimes underwater was high and dry.

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