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Date Hiked: 7/23/88
Length: 8.8 miles
Main Features: Chattooga River and Commissioner's Rock
Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina
This section of the Chattooga Trail begins at Burrell's Ford parking area on Burrell's Ford Road (forest service road 708). Driving north on highway 107, Burrell's Ford Road is on the left 10.4 miles from highway 28. Driving south on highway 107, Burrell's Ford Road is on the right 6.4 miles past the North Carolina state line and 1.7 miles past the road to the Walhalla National Fish Hatchery. Drive down Burrell's Ford Road 2.4 miles to the parking area on the left. (If you are going east on Burrell's Ford Road from Georgia, the parking area is 0.4 miles past Burrell's Ford Bridge over the Chattooga River.) This access to the Chattooga Trail is behind the information sign on your left as you enter the parking area.
The Chattooga Trail and the Foothills Trail coincide for the first 0.6 miles. The Chattooga Trail is blazed black. The Foothills Trail is blazed white. Just a few feet after entering the woods the trail turns left up a small stairway and crosses Burrell's Ford Road. After 0.6 miles bear left at the fork where the Foothills Trail turns right. After a mild descent the trail enters a fairly open area where the way is not obvious. Turn sharply left here and cross a stream. At 1.7 miles there is a well-marked right turn at a junction. Several hundred yards after this junction the Chattooga Trail takes a sharp right while the trail you are on continues straight and dead-ends into the river. There's a sign indicating the approximate location of Ellicott Rock (which is the spot where Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina touch). I found Commissioner's Rock which was engraved later, but not Ellicott Rock. Backtrack.
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