Spoonauger Falls via Chattooga River Trail

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Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Spoonauger Falls via Chattooga River Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.6 miElevation gain111 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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Chad Love
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HikingMuddy

While true it is muddy and slick in spots, proper shoes, footing and walking poles will guide you along just fine. The falls is beautiful and this one is very easy to reach.

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Randy Hikes In Nature
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Awesome! Best description of this trail. Starts off creekside with lovely sounds of running water and nature. Then you climb a mountain and along the way pass by an unnamed smaller waterfall! The hike was great! A few cars parked on side of road at the site, but saw nobody on the trail. Incredible beauty! https://youtu.be/I9cBPdaClOY

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Slade K
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wet conditions made for a beautiful falls but unsteady footings over roots and rocks.

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Peter Rascoe
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Great early morning eye opener!

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pete wagner
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Tricia Proctor
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Easy but hiking boots are a must as it is footy and watery . But super pretty large falls at the end. We did King Creek first then came down to this one. Quick and easy but beautiful

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Tim Newman
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Christy Stevens
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful waterfall at the end of a short trail. Muddy in areas and a small rocky edge to cross near the falls. Me and my 3 year old grandson had no trouble and the waterfall was spectacular.

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ashby d
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we loved it! it’s not well marked, go last the burrells parking area on left and it’ll be the next spot on the right. park on the road. def more than .6mi and def not easy. many water crossings, muddy, rooty. the trail to spoonager off of chattooga is inclined with several switchbacks. i wore chacos and i’m glad. wet muddy.

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Kristy Campbell
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A bit muddy in places. But doable with the right shoes. Rocky and rooty. Worth the little incline for sure. Beautiful secluded waterfall.

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Andrea Cagle
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HikingBugsRocky

June, 2020 The bathrooms were closed because of Covid which was expected. Absolutely beautiful plush vegetation and a nice trail with a soft ground for the most part. A few muddy areas, not deep so cross over with caution, do not slip. The falls were gorgeous! Be careful the rocks are slippery by the falls so make sure to put up your phone or whatever is in your hands to make sure they are free just in case you were to fall you have free hands to catch yourself. Wear trail running shoes! Definitely prefer trail running shoes over hiking boots because they grip better. Carry a backpack to hold your phone, water, etc. to keep your hands free. Enjoy the falls. They are beautiful!

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Katie Scott
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Spoonauger falls trail is a fork off of the kings creek trail, so although it’s a short hike to the falls, there’s still lots more to see on the kings creek trail! I brought my eleven year old daughter and our dog. The hike was easy but there are a few obstacles. Starting out you’ve got to walk across some logs to get through a part of the creek, which looks kind of tricky but the logs are set pretty well in place. There are also a few logs here and there that you may need to climb (step) over, and a few low hanging branches (so watch your head!) Once you turn off of the king creek trail to the spoonauger falls trail the trail gets pretty narrow, and there’s a steep drop on one side which made me kind of nervous for my dog but when you make it to the falls, it’s SO worth it.

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Anna Artman
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail to the falls. I would classify this trail as more of a moderate trail rather than easy. There are several spots where it’s very muddy and rocky and lots of tree roots that need to be avoided. A few places where you have to cross water. Wear waterproof shoes or good hiking boots that won’t cause you to slip. We had a 3.5 year old and a 8 week old in a carrier. It was very nice but more on the moderate side than easy. The waterfall was gorgeous. One really big rock that you can sit on to enjoy the falls.

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Nancy Young
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Burrels Ford Spoonauger Falls and King Creek Falls. Missed recording a section

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Stephanie Brosnan
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Seeing this waterfall never gets old. It’s just down the road from King Creek Falls so seeing both is extremely doable.

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Leslie Brown
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This is a short hike but the view is amazing, nice escape from the quarantine and actually open! A bit tricky to find, wish they had signs but met a hiker that help.

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Susan Kettles
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HikingMuddy

This is a short hike with two rock hops across streams to a lovely waterfall. To find the trailhead, take the first road south of the Walhalla Fish Hatchery. This is Burrells Ford Road. The road sign is frequently missing. Use offline maps, as there is no cell service here. Burrells Ford starts paved but quickly turns to gravel. Pass the Burrells Ford Campground parking lot with pit toilet. A mile on the right is a small kiosk. This is the trailhead. If you cross a bridge, you went too far. The trail is relatively flat as it parallels the Chattooga River. After two rock hop stream crossings, turn away from the river, uphill on the Spoonauger Trail. There is a brown karsanite sign if you look. Go up switchbacks to the pretty falls.

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Elle Smith
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Easy beautiful hike to a lovely waterfall. There has been a ton of rain, and even though one is smaller than King Creek, there was so much water, that it was equally as impressive to me. After visiting the waterfall, we continued on the trail a bit farther, and really enjoyed it. We were surprised that we didn't see another person the whole hike.

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Becky Spearman
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Hunter Wise
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Great hike when in conjunction with King Creek. Do this one first since it’s much smaller and could be underwhelming in comparison.

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Angela Adams
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Easy trail to a great falls. Also a popular place with fly fishermen.

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Russ Dukeman
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Really easy trail, lots of traffic. Falls are just ok, not worth a repeat visit.

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