Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Mountain Rest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Kings Creek falls is absolutely amazing. Fairly easy to get to, well maintained trails, except closer to the falls it gets a little tricky. It’s very muddy around the falls, with some slick rocks you’ll have to climb down. The payoff is worth it.

I have sectioned about 45 miles of this trail on 2 separate visits. I keep coming back because I love the area so much. I will say it is a legit backpacking trail and not to be taken lightly if you intend to make a go of it. I agree with another reviewer who said it is hard to rate the terrain; some sections are quite easy and mild and other sections are rugged, steep, and hard on your body whether you're young or old. Of the sections I have done, Oconee to the beginning of the Chatooga river was easiest. The easterly section of the Chatooga and the section from Sassafras to TRSP were the most rugged. Expect slow going through those parts and some sore feet! Be in shape and allow 5-7 days to do the whole trail depending on your experience level. All in all it is really lush and beautiful terrain and there are so many cool trees, waterfalls, rivers, and rock formations to see. Water sources are plentiful in spring. There are no resupply options or town crossings, although there are rural road crossings every 5-10 miles and some very cool volunteer shuttle drivers listed on the FHT website. I highly recommend Jim Simpson, he is the man!! He picked me up on an hour's notice when I had some health issues and had to get off trail for the night.

I am rating this in advance only because I have sectioned much of it already. I am thru hiking it starting in the morning after a quick stop at the rei for a fuel can. wish me luck! :)

Quick hike from the parking lot with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Really enjoyed this one after camping along the Chattooga River the night before.

hiking
1 month ago

Short easy hike a a nice waterfall with a small swimming hole. Great spot to cool off during the hot summer months.

well maintained, even with the previous hurricane damage. BEAUTIFUL trail and excellent camping areas.

If you have trouble finding the start of the trail based on this apps directions like I did than drive past the cherry hill recreation center and about a mile or two up the road is a side road to the left named F708. Turn down that road and drive about 3 miles down the dirt road until you see the sign for a campground. Park in the campgrounds parking lot and walk down past the gate towards the campground and go to the very last campsite along the river. There will be a sign for the Chattooga River trail which is the trail you should follow. There will be an area where the trail splits into three directions, just keep following the green and white blazes along the trail until you see the small side trail that leads to the falls. It's not an official path so it is slightly dangerous to trek down but it will take you out right beside the falls which are breathtaking.

Nice short little hike with an amazing view of the waterfall. Took my 3yr old with me and he did great. There are a lot of roots along the path, but otherwise a great hike.

In May 2018, hiked from Table Rock to Bad Creek (45 miles) in 2.5 days. I would second everything that Bradley Glenn said in his review here and won't repeat it, except to recommend getting Scott Lynch's little guide to the trail. I kept it in my back pocket and consulted it frequently. In addition to what Bradley said, I would highly recommend the following campsites (2 of which we used, the others of which we saw): 8.6 miles from Table Rock (no name), on Lake Jocassee after Heartbreak Ridge (don't take the first one you see, wait for the picnic tables--the ones closest to the bridge over the Toxaway are best), Thompson River, and Virginia Hawkins Falls. This hike is A LOT of up and down. If you don't normally hike with a stick or trekking poles, you should still use them on this hike if only to save your knees on the downhills. We saw two adolescent black bears on this hike, both of which ran off with a little yelling. Hang your food or bring a bear canister. Expect isolation, at least in May. We had spectacular weather and saw maybe a dozen people over 2.5 days. Thompson River, Viriginia Hawkins Falls and Horsepasture River are perfect lunch spots. If you are following the Lynch 5-day thru hike plan, I'd recommend including Hearbreak Ridge at the end of day 2 instead of the beginning of day 3. You have another long, tough climb already early in day 3 after crossing the Toxaway River, and knocking out HB at the end of day 2 prevents having to start the day with 2 tough climbs. If you want a challenging trail that is well-maintained and free of crowds, the Foothills Trail is a great choice. If you need a shuttle, Google Lake Jocassee Tours and ask for Randy Cobb to shuttle you. Good guy and on time.

backpacking
1 month ago

Love it. My buddy and I hiked it October 2016. Took us 5 nights, 6 days. Not to bad for our ages, 58 and 61. Don’t take the trail lightly, it’s very tough. Would love to do it again, maybe.

Good hike plenty of water on trail.

We parked @ Sloan Bridge and hiked to Burrell’s Ford and back. Consider doing the reverse if you want the more moderate hike the first half and don’t mind driving down the gravel road to Burrell’s Ford to start. Spectacular Spring day. Chattooga River was rushing. Fresh, new green growth and wildflowers abounded. Sections with lots of roots but others covered with easier pine straw. Great views along the way. Trail well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Good Hike River view some places on river to get water

backpacking
2 months ago

Through hiked it in 5 days, a lot of elevation change. Not to be taken lightly.

I would say easy/Moderate trail. Some narrow paths, and a lot of roots. However we took our 2 & 3 year old kids and they walked it there and back no problem. In fact my 2 year old was tugging on me to hurry. It’s definitely worth the hike. Very serine, and the waterfall is absolutely beautiful.

The road getting to the trail was a little rough. You drive over two creeks. The trail is beautiful. The waterfalls are clean and flowing strong.

fishing
3 months ago

I fly fished the chatooga. started at burells ford. beautiful trail and so very easy. Great Day!

Beautiful falls, easy trail, easy to find!

hiking
4 months ago

We were in the area and found the trail to the King. It's a 20 min. hike from Burrell's Ford campground. Great hike but after a recent snowfall, the last hundred yards to the falls were icy and quite the challenge. The view at the falls was definitely worth the risk. The water was gushing and the trickle falls to the side were iced over. Spectacular to say the least.

have done it end past 2 years. Going again in April

hiking
5 months ago

I parked at the cherry hill parking site and this trail starts down and across the road. I had trouble finding it at first. Once on the trail there were many fallen trees. I had my dog with and we had to stop about 2 miles in. We could have kept going but after hiking 3 miles on a previous trail and it being in the afternoon we turned back. There are also a few spots that are quite narrow and would be hard to navigate with small children or a rambunctious dog. I'm hoping they clear up the trees and I can go back in late spring/early summer.

This fall is actually broken up by an upper and lower Licklog Falls. The upper are hard to get a good photo op of as there is no way to get close to them but they are a sight to enjoy. The lower falls are a short ways up but there is a steep trek down to them. I saw a review that stated not for children but we had three 11 year olds and one 8 year old who had no issues.

hiking
5 months ago

We started at the Ridley Fields Parking lot on 28 and followed the marked trail for about 4.2 miles to Lick Log and Pig Pen Falls. Walking back we chose to follow a second trail that takes you right along the river. There are several nice spots to take a break (I think I remember seeing 3 fire pits) and plenty of opportunities for some great photos. We didn't encounter any hikers, just a couple of guys fishing (cold December day!) It was a very pleasant hike with beautiful views of the river (especially on our way back!)

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike. Dog friendly. Great view of falls from river bed. Trail is well groomed and clearly marked.

Nice easy hike. Water fall was very nice

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail to follow, a good hike for any level, and a good view once you arrive to the fall.

backpacking
7 months ago

I parked at he trailhead on Rt 28 and am only familiar with this section about 2-3 miles in. The river is beautiful with clear clean water. It was recently stocked with trout so I encountered frequent fly fishermen. Be prepared for COLD nights at this time of year. Although the trail follows the river, the trail is up on the hillsides so it is not viewable or approachable for the first half. Also there are no campsites at all along this part. At what I estimate the halfway point the trail drops down to the river, where it joins a well used unmarked trail which closely follows the river. Just past this point is a great campsite which is suitable for several campers. Its flat, open, right on the river, and has a nice firepit with seating. On hiking out, I took this unmarked trail which all the fishermen use to return to the parking area. It has several nice campsites along it also. This trail is easy to follow and starts at the parking area . It starts just to the left of the designated trail and has a large tree blocking the trail from vehicular traffic. I would definitely use it next time. Its far better than the official Chatooga trail. This trail is suitable for families and unleashed dogs, I took my Lab. Hope this review helps.

Not a bad walk in, dogs are allowed. Beautiful & tall waterfall.

Definitely not a trail for beginners. That being said its a great trail to push your limits. Well marked and very well maintained. Water can be an issue toward the table rock end on a dry year so recommend getting the guide before taking off down the trail. If your looking for a walk in the piney woods search no further this is for you. Though there aren't as many vistas as some other trails but there are still plenty of gorgeous views and sites to see along the trail. Good well maintained camp sites and the steps. "Oh Thank God (and the volunteers) for the steps on Heart Break Ridge."
Definitely a trail worth repeating again and again.

hiking
8 months ago

To clear up the confusion about the area near the "end" of the trail:
You'll reach an area with a creek to your right and several signs and diverging trails. In order to continue on to the bend and awesome view of the rapids, don't cross the footbridge on the right, continue forward taking the trail marked with white and green blazing. You'll follow the trail for a bit above the river and eventually start switching back to descend.

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