Chattooga Trail to Lick Log Falls from Burrells Ford Campground

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Sumter National Forest

Chattooga Trail to Lick Log Falls from Burrells Ford Campground is a 23.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a waterfall 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: 23.2 km Elevation Gain: 680 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Chattahooche National Forest, Tallulah Ranger District, 404-782-3320

over grown
11 days ago

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip with several friends. Trails a bit overgrown in areas but it's probably been less traveled lately. Some slick, muddy rocky areas. Camped about 5.5 miles in at a beautiful beach spot. The return trip was more of a challenge due to elevation gain to start. Saw 2 snakes and we startled a very large red headed woodpecker! Would make a beautiful day hike to spend time along the river and at several beach spots. Didn't go all the way to Lick Log Falls.

3 months ago

Came in from Burrells Ford campground and set up camp there, walked along the trail for 4-ish miles and turned around to come back after my silly friend fell into the river (he caught himself and was fine). The trail was very easy to follow and connects up with the foothills trail at a point. Quite a few good looking isolated camping spots the further down you go with swimming and fishing points all down the river. the trail goes alongside the river the whole way and is beautiful! Definitely some trees to go over and under but overall a pretty easy hike and definitely worth it! I will be back in the summertime for some swimming.

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washed out
Wed Apr 10 2019

This trail section was moderately difficult. The most difficult section was an area where the trail was practically in the river causing me to have to scramble over a few rocks which was a little sketchy. I assume the trail was on a beach there at one point in time and now the beach has washed away. Other than that the only issue I had was all the low hanging branches (I’m 6’4”) I kept getting smacked in the head. I would do this trail again. Probably not after a rain next time as that made it more challenging.

Mon Sep 03 2018

the waterfall was absolutely breathtaking

Mon Aug 20 2018

There are some well established camp sites right at the beginning of the trail, once I got past those it was complete solitude. Saw 3 people over 24 hours. Trail itself runs along the Chatooga and there are about 6 dispersed camping sites Allen g it’s banks. There aren’t any huge inclines/declines but plenty of fallen trees, washed out trails, etc to keep you on your toes. Would recommend it for those looking to get away from the crowded North Georgia areas.

Tue Jul 24 2018

Great trail with scenic views. Only did 8 miles and back. Found several great spots to fish and swim in the river. Several campsites located along the river. A few trees had fallen along the trail, but they were easy enough to step over or crawl under. A very small portion has been washed out along the river bank but it wasn't dangerous. I highly recommend it for camping. Overall not difficult, would be good for all skill levels.

Wed Jul 18 2018

The trail was in overall great shape. We hiked four miles in hoping to find big bend falls. It’s practically non-existent, we couldn’t find it and the trail boss said it’s really hard to find and not worth seeing. We ended up setting up camp about 4.2 mi in from the Burrell ford parking lot on a GREAT beach spot. Hiked back out the next day and stayed at the campgrounds there which were in good shape. Fishing was decent. Water was great for swimming. All around awesome. Definitely make sure you hit kings creek fall while you’re there it was the highlight to the trip.

Wed Jun 20 2018

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.

Mon Jul 31 2017

I only got a few miles in, but I had kids. I didn't want to turn them against hiking. I think it's a great hike though and if u get hot take a dip in the ice cold mountain water. I camped here once before and loved it.

Fri Jul 28 2017

Camped 2 nights on the river. Did some fishing. I'll use this trail again.

Wed Sep 28 2016

Great camping and hiking!

Sun Apr 17 2016

great camping

Mon Sep 01 2014

I began the trail at Highway 76 at the South Carolina border. The landscape has a lot of interesting changes and the hike is moderately strenuous. There are rivers and streams to cool off in and get water from. There are some fallen trees but they are easy to get around. The trees are really big and beautiful. It was hot so bringing water is recommended if you don't want to risk drinking from the streams and river. I only saw 4 people on the trail at the beginning. At the start of the trail, there are places to swim. There were a lot of people at those areas. No inner tubes allowed.

Mon May 26 2014

Did a 20 mile trail run loop from SC28 to the point Foothills trails forks off from Chattooga. The river is present a good bit, offering nice views. A few small water crossings that were probably heavier than normal since a thunder storm came through providing a heavy downpour. A lot of fallen trees and bush trail overgrowth. It was fun. There are a some nice campsites along the river that were all taken this Memorial Day weekend.

recorded FHT Day 1

7 months ago

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