Chattooga River Trail Southwest from Sandy Ford Road
to a Turnaround Point at 4.2 Miles

Picture of the Chattooga River

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Date Hiked: June 8, 1991

Length: 8.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white and metal diamonds

Main Feature: Chattooga River

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Driving north on highway 28 in South Carolina, turn left onto Warwoman Road 2.2 miles after crossing the Chattooga River. Drive 8.4 miles and turn left on Sandy Ford Road (also called Dicks Creek Road). This turn is 0.2 miles past the Tuckalugee Grocery which is also on the left. Clayton is about 6 miles farther on Warwoman Road. Drive 4.9 miles on Sandy Ford Road to where the Chattooga Trail crosses. Park in the clear area by the stream on the right. (The Bartram Trail crosses at 4.4 miles.)

Note: Sandy Ford Road is often muddy and fords two streams.

Approximate altitude changes:
Ascend 150 feet to high point at 1.0 miles
Descend 350 feet to river's edge at 4.0 miles
Ascend 50 feet to turnaround point at 4.2 miles
Total ascent (round trip): 550 feet

0.0 clearing on right beside stream
rock-hop across stream
0.3 bear right (a faint trail continues left)
0.4 begin hearing Chattooga River on left
1.0 high point
1.6 stop hearing river
1.8 begin following stream
1.9 stream crossing
2.0 begin following right side of ridge
2.2 turn left on old road and remember this spot for return trip
2.3 reach river's edge and turn right
short spur left leads to perfect boulder for sitting by river
2.4 stream crosses trail
small beach on left
2.5 large overhang on right
2.6 stream crossing
2.8 turn right at stream
2.9 stream crossing
3.3 turn left on old road and remember this spot for return trip
3.4 large campsite on left
3.5 bridge
3.6 wet area
4.0 stream crossing
bear right away from river
4.1 stream crossing
4.2 arbitrary turnaround point where woods open up


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