Chattooga Trail from highway 28
to junction with Foothills Trail at 4.4 miles


Picture of upper falls on Lick Log Creek

Warning:   This data is out-of-date. Trails, roads, and landmarks change.
You should obtain current information before attempting any hike.

Date Hiked: 7/14/90

Length: 8.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: black for Chattooga Trail, yellow for Bartram Trail

Main Features: Chattooga River, two waterfalls (on Lick Log Creek)

Animals: deer, red efts (newts), toad, crows, pileated woodpecker, cardinals, yellow warblers (?)

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Driving south on highway 28 in northeast Georgia, take the first left after crossing the Chattooga River (about 0.1 miles beyond the bridge). Driving north on highway 28 in South Carolina, turn right 8.4 miles after the junction with highway 107. (The turn is right after the sign that says "Bridge Ices Before Road". If you cross the river and enter Georgia, turn around, cross the bridge, and take the first left.) The trail is just beyond the gate at the low end of the parking area. Turn right (south) and follow the trail up the hill.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 150 feet from parking area to junction with Foothills Trail
(there are many small hills that were not recorded)

Miles
0.0 parking area
(the sign incorrectly says the Foothills Trail is 3.7 miles)
0.3 stream crossing
boulder on right
0.5 stream crossing
0.6 stream crossing
0.9 stream crossing
1.2 large rock formations on right
1.3 stream crossing
1.5 stream crossing
1.6 stream crossing
begin hearing Chattooga River in the valley on your left
1.7 join old road
1.9 stream crossing
2.4 crest ridge
2.5 begin hearing river again
2.9 turn right on old road bed
first summer views of river
3.0 stream crossing
3.3 bridge across Ira Branch
two steep switchbacks
(the rest of the trail follows the river fairly closely)
3.5 stream crossing
3.8 stream crossing
3.9 steep drop-off on left
4.1 Lick Log Creek waterfall on left
4.3 bridge across Lick Log Creek
small waterfall on right
4.4 junction with Foothills Trail on right
backtrack



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