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East Fork Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail starts at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery and continues along the East Fork Trail to the Chattooga River. Then return the way you came. If you wish to extend your trip, you can hike along the Chattooga River Trail.

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11 days ago

We enjoyed this hike today! My husband and I took our dog and 18mo son. Not a bad one! Took us about 2 hours from start to finish. Many down trees (trimmed but still had to climb over quite a bit). Not a bad quick hike this evening.

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2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes ever!! 2.5 miles from fish hatchery to the bridge over Chattooga and 2.5 back. (There is an option to go 2 other ways passed the bridge.) I would rate this trail as an easy 5 miles hike. It is a bit narrow but wonderfully maintained. We follow the river the whole time so there are plenty of spots for dogs to rest and swim. Only a couple slightly uphill spots. Will definitely be doing this again.

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Fri Jan 25 2019

beautiful trial.short but runs into a couple others so you can keep going.

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Thu Nov 08 2018

First - this is NOT a loop trail - It's an out & back between the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery and the Chattooga River. The incline is not the reported. 1,263ft by any means. Relatively straight trail with few obstacles - you can keep a very nice pace. Small waterfalls along the way with a few chances to get close to the water and climb on some rocks. Fall colors are PEAK right now.

Mon Apr 23 2018

Good hike plenty of water on trail.

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Sun Apr 08 2018

Good Hike River view some places on river to get water

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Fri Dec 02 2016

Took the East Fork Trail down stream and intersected with Ellicott's Rock Trail. The morning was cool and had the woods to myself. The Ellicott's Rock Trail is in bad need of Trail maintenance. I will say that unless you know where the rock is beware. There isn't anything marking it.

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Sat Nov 12 2016

My girlfriend and I hiked this trail just a few hours ago. It was a great trail for beginners. It took us a total of 2 hours, that time includes small breaks. The terrain was potentially harmful to children, we tripped a lot but otherwise it was great!

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Sat Oct 01 2016

I've walked the east fork trail many times. It's probably one of my most favorite trail in northern Oconee. The grade is very good, the trail follows an old road bed for a good ways. At the intersection of the Chattooga trail are some very good camping spots.

Wed Jul 13 2016

Good trail. A nice workout. My 8 & 6 year old did it with a lunch break at the river spot.

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Wed Mar 09 2016

This is a beautiful trail along a whitewater stream. Be careful at the start: the trail goes to the right of, and behind the pavilion and not immediately down by the stream. Gentle grades for most of the distance. You can extend the hike by continuing up or down the Chatooga Trail once you reach the river.

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Thu Sep 13 2012

We hiked the East Fork as a part of a greater loop that incorporated parts of the Chattooga and Foothills Trail. The parking lot at the Fish Hatchery was our starting/ending point. This is a very pleasant trail that takes you along the banks of the East Fork of the Chattooga. Since it runs along the river bank, there is virtually no ascent/descent to concern yourself with. In addition to the water, there is nice variety of vegetation and some pretty impressive rock along the way. Three things that you need to be aware of: 1. Once you walk off of the parking lot and get a few yards down the trail, it is easy to become confused at the junction with the hatchery's loop trail. When you see the marker noting the East Fork trail, turn left. You will think that you are walking into a picnic pavilion, but move forward anyway. The East Fork trail is on the right, well hidden, just before you step into the pavilion. 2. The trail is not cleared often. In fact, we ran into a couple heading back out who warned us of a blockade down the trail. Since they were just day hikers, they simply turned back. When we got to the large tree and all the accompanying branches, we were able to make our way through it, but it would be difficult for anyone with small children or a less than helpful sense of balance (or adventure). This was the most difficult of several obstacles we ran into. 3. For those who are continuing on to the Chattooga Trail, the trail is not well marked. The East Fork ends at the bridge crossing the river. On the opposite side of the bridge there is a large clearing where people often camp. Move through that clearing to about 2 o'clock and you will see a trail heading up the ridge. That is the Chattooga. You will be alongside the river in no time. Overall, a very enjoyable walk that is easy to get to. Since it is a one-way, you can walk as far as you want and turn around when you have had enough.

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24 days ago

recorded East Fork Trail

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