Big Bend Trail and Chattooga Trail
from highway 107 to Big Bend Falls


Picture of Chattooga River along Big Bend Trail

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You should obtain current information before attempting any hike.

Date Hiked: 8/18/91

Length: 6.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 2

Blaze: orange on Big Bend Trail, black on Chattooga Trail (also white for Foothills Trail)

Main Features: Chattooga River, Big Bend Falls (which is a series of low cascades)

Animals: deer, chipmunks, turkeys, chickadees, crows

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

The Big Bend Trail goes from highway 107 to the Chattooga Trail. Driving north on highway 107, the trailhead parking area is on the right 8.7 miles from highway 28 and 2.4 miles past forest service road 710 (also on the right). Driving south on highway 107, the parking area is on the left 3.4 miles past the right turn to the Walhalla National Fish Hatchery and 8.1 miles past the North Carolina state line. From the parking area, cross 107 and walk a few yards left (south) before turning right onto the trail. (The Winding Stairs Trail enters the woods beside the hiking sign on the same side of 107 as the parking area.)

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 50 feet
Descend 50 feet
Ascend 75 feet to high point at 1.7 miles
Descend 350 feet to Chattooga River
Descend 100 feet to Big Bend Falls
Total Ascent: 1,250 feet

Miles
0.2 trail touches edge of Big Bend Road
0.3 bridge
0.7 bridge
1.5 bridge
1.6 cross old road
1.7 high point on trail
2.0 stream crossing
2.2 cross another trail
2.4 stream crossing
left turn
stream crossing
2.6 continue straight at junction with Foothills and Chattooga Trails
rocky overhangs on left
cross another trail
2.7 view of Chattooga River
2.9 view of Chattooga River
small sandy beach on right
3.3 Big Bend Falls (series of cascades)
The trail goes sharply left above the falls (you know when you are
above the falls by the sound). Instead of turning left here, I climbed
down through the rhododendron and bore right toward the large rocky
overhang. Then I climbed down to the left where I could sit on rocks
between two of the major cascades. The climb is dangerous.
Be careful if you try it.
backtrack



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