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Chauga Narrows Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Out & Back
Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Waterfall Muddy Over grown Rocky Scramble No dogs
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There is room for several cars at Blackwell Bridge. Hike 3/4 mile downstream on a faint path that parallels the river. The last 0.1 of a mile is on exposed rock, exercise caution.

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Noah Nash
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Hiking

Over grown. Neat but not the best trail in the area.

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Greg Boben
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

We did this trail with a five and six yo who are pretty experienced hikers. If your kids are not experienced I would definitely not suggest this. The map is pretty good but the trail is not maintained. The narrows is definitely worth it and there is a good swimming area at the bottom bottom of the narrows and also two more back up the trail a bit. Not for dogs.

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Ed Wilmot
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I would not recommend this hike if you have children in toe. The terrain is very uneven and the trail and rocks can be very slippery. But the narrows are well worth the visit.

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Beth Joines
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

The trail is not marked from the road at all. The trail is very overgrown, lots of down trees, and lots of ducking. There is lots of trash lying around where people had camped and didn't clean up after themselves. I would not recommend dogs or small children. The trail starts out wide, but becomes very narrow and has dangerous passes. If you're looking for a swimming hole, do not go after a fairly heavy rain.

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Tricia Proctor
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Hiking

Trail is easy to get to right off the road. We parked on the east side of the road and trail is on the west side. It is alongside the Chauga River which is nice. There was trash left at certain spots unfortunately. The trail starts as a road but then goes into a very cool root covered thin trail. We enjoyed this hike as you can navigate the terrain down to the falls themselves and stand on the rock. You will need hiking boots and we use sticks which come in handy. There is an upper wider fall and then it creeps into a narrow passage down into a very cool ravine that is great for pictures. This hike is in my opinion moderate

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Brandon Pressley
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MuddyOver grown

trail over grown.

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Kristen Keirsey
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HikingBlowdownOver grownWashed out

The trail was overgrown in parts and there were several places where trees were blown across the trail. The trail was more challenging than expected but we did have a child in a backpack.

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Stephanie Combes
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Once you realize where you need to go... this is a moderate hiking trail.. do not recommend dogs... bu if you can make it down the waterfall... there is a great swimming hole for teens

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Cole Stilwell
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trailOver grownScramble
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Caroline Stewart
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Short trail with a pretty view of the river. I would only recommend for experienced hikers as some of the trail is technical. Definitely overgrown and muddy in some places but not too difficult to navigate. We brought out 27lb dog and he had to be lifted over things a few times, but otherwise did fine.

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Karen Holzwarth
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

This was one of the first hikes my husband and I did when we moved to the Upstate 15+ years ago. Hiked it this past weekend with our girls to get some outdoor exercise during the COVID-19 quarantine. Lots of downed trees and at times the trail disappears. Thankfully we remembered a good bit of it and were able to pick the up the trail easily! Caution advised when climbing down to stand on the rock area of the Narrows to see the falls. Trail continues Up and over the ridge where you can climb down again and see the other side of the falls. **When the water is not running high you can skirt the rock wall to see right at the Narrows, or you can opt to go up and over to the other side via trail**

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Susan Kettles
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Relatively flat short trail along the river. Often used by fisherman. There was one blowdown and a couple mud puddles that we side stepped. For the best view of the narrows, go to the end of the trail and carefully go down the steep bank to the rocks along the river.

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Lindsay Herrell
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HikingOver grownRocky

This is a short trail to the falls, but it has at least a dozen downed trees and lots of overgrown brush so it was challenging. If you’re tall like me, you’re going to have to duck A LOT. The trail isn’t marked and there are a lot of campsite offshoots so I recommend having the AllTrails app open to make sure you are still on the trail, but bring pockets because you are going to need your hands free! (I slipped on the rocks twice) It’s a fun little hike, but be prepared for challenging terrain.

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