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This is a nice afternoon walk. I think the views will be much better in the winter after the leaves are on the trees.

hiking
13 days ago

Went day after Thanksgiving for a short hike and took our dog. They have had a lot of fallen trees and brush; most which had been cleared, but not all. This trail had very little traffic and with the fallen leaves we had to look for markers, some were missing or far apart. Apart from the part of the trail near Foothills Trail, we were able to let our dog run free. There was no one in site.
The trail is rated easy but there are two or three areas that have some log steps and have at least a 10-12% elevation for over 1200 ft. A moderate rating seems more appropriate. It was a nice, uncrowded, wooded walk. We enjoyed the nice short hike.

Fairly easy going trail. Took my 4 month old puppy and he did really well. The falls are ok, not much room for hanging out and enjoying. The trail is very well marked.

hiking
21 days ago

The directions link took me on a wild goose chase inside of Oconee State Park. We did find a lake but we did not find any specific trail that went around the lake.

The water Wheel has the remnants of stone and that was interesting, however there are absolutely no lake views and the trail in general was a bit boring. There are quite a few blow downs which were a little hard to cross. Note: to use this trail you park at the trail head in side Oconee State Park. There is a five dollar fee per person to get in. A more interesting trail is the Hidden Falls Trail Which goes to the left instead of the immediate right out of the parking lot.

Awesome trail.. plan to get your feet wet.. with rain the past 4 days, we could not find the rock due to high and fast water. maybe next time. the trail is awesome, and the scenery is better. You can see and hear the river most of the way.

Absolutely beautiful during the fall. Easy to follow and great spots for camping along the river. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

We just went got back from what we thought would be a thru hike but weather was about to set in and I am more of a fair weather hiker. Overall the trip was great. We went from Oconee and made it to upper whitewater fall. Called Jim Simpson who was a saint and took us back to our car. Definitely will do this hike again and try to finish it. My hats off to all those people who maintain the trail. Overall it was in good condition

Parking is at camp ground parking. Walk down gravel road a ways until you see the trail.head sign for the falls. The walk to the falls was beautiful. Very wooded, lots of ferns, roots to walk over, under canopy all the way with small creek running alongside part of the way. The falls were more than we anticipated. Nice short walk for a beautiful fall.

This trail is really nice. I got on this trail via historical station falls. I also encountered a black bear on this trail. The bear ran off as soon as I was in sight.

This waterfall is breathtaking! We couldn’t find the trailhead so we went down the gravel road about .3 mile to where the campground is... then the trail will be on the left a little passed the map sign...It is a awesome hike under trees from that point..Some places on trail are slick and narrow so be careful with children . We came only to hike to waterfall but ended up camping at their walk in campsites. They are first come first serve and free! They have fire pits and bear hangs for food so bears cannot get your food! There is a pit restroom which is very gross.. but everyone has to go sometime. Loved this Falls and the free campsite!

hiking
1 month ago

STAY RIGHT!! The trail wasn't marked very well and the roadside parking was a little sketchy. However, the falls were very pretty and worth the hike! There is an upper and lower section of the falls, so I would encourage you to check out both! The last little bit is pretty step, so be ready.

Great little day hike. More easy than moderate.

Just got back from another church hike. Hiked from whitewater falls to Oconee Park. Trails in perfect condition.

hiking
1 month ago

From Oconee State Park the first mile and a half was extremely easy, after that was a little more up and down hill but still fairly easy. Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great place for a rest and picnic. Did this hike in about 2 hours.

on Tamassee Knob Trail

hiking
1 month ago

I took my 10 year old and 5 year old. We wore long pants and long sleeves which helped tremendously with the overgrown parts of the trail. As far as terrain is concerned, this was fairly easy for us. Towards the end of the trail needs to be cut back; however, the markers are still visible on basically every other tree. There are some areas toward the end as well that are very narrow-just be careful, use good sense and sturdy footing. We also encountered a huge black snake on the trail. We enjoyed this trail, and are looking forward to taking the other trails at the park soon.

This trail was so beautiful. Plenty of views of the river and rock cliffs. Plenty of places to camp.

Short walk to an absolutely beautiful fall! My Jeep Compass performed perfectly on the dirt drive to the location. Lots of mushrooms and pretty ferns to view along the walk. Overnight camping is permitted in select areas surrounding the waterfall if you wish. I cannot wait to walk this one again in the winter!

nature trips
2 months ago

Great hike in and out with beautiful spots all along the way. For those who are inexperienced with hiking, I would consider this moderate instead of easy for the distance and the trail itself with a good portion of it being uneven terrain with roots coming up from the ground and some parts that are narrow with cliff drops. The hike back out would be the more difficult with an incline all the way back up. Bring plenty of water on hot humid days.

2 months ago

Great hike. Many down trees on Fork Mountain section

hiking
3 months ago

Desperately needs TLC from Park Service. Trail clogged and trees fallen over. Just needs a revamp. Falls are decent, but again they are clogged with trees too. Could be really nice with a little attention by Park Service.

the waterfall was absolutely breathtaking

Similar to the previous review, trail was heavily overgrown with a couple down trees. Manageable, but there a few big spider webs across the trail that eventually turned me around... after 0.8 miles. Save yourself the trouble and take the trailhead off Nicholson Ford Road instead.

Great Trails! Bring a truck for the 2 mile long drive down the gravel road

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.

hiking
3 months ago

An extremely easy hike with a great scenic view the end.

The part along the river is nice, but the poor signage in places and the abundance of downed trees along the trail make it hard to enjoy.

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

We did the first 30 miles from Oconee to Whitewater Falls October 2017 in 2.5 days. Pretty cruisy with some great camp sites. Didn't see anyone on our Thursday to Saturday walk. Went back to Table Rock SP May 3, 4, 5, 2018, and finished up the last 48 miles. Sassafras Mt. was closed due to the new tower construction. There was one worker dude up there in a truck hanging out with his girlfriend. We obeyed and took the detour but I wasn't pleased. We finished day 2 with Heartbreak Ridge and I agree with a previous poster on finishing the day with Heartbreaker and getting yourself one of the sweeeeeet campsites by the Toxaway because the next day you got about 16 pretty tough miles to the camp that the Girlscouts constructed close to the base of Whitewater Falls. Hats off to all the Eagle Scouts who did their community service projects on this trail; their everywhere. As for water... it's everywhere.

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