East Fork Trail

Picture of a deer along the East Fork Trail

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Date Hiked: 12/1/91

Length: 4.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 2

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange

Main Features: East Fork of Chattooga River, Chattooga River

Animals: crows, deer, mink

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Driving north on highway 107, the road to the Walhalla National Fish Hatchery is on the left 12.1 miles from highway 28. Driving south on highway 107, the fish hatchery road is on the right 3.4 miles past the North Carolina state line and 2.4 miles past the connector road to highway 130. Drive 1.9 miles down the fish hatchery road to the parking lot at the end. The trail begins on the far side of the parking lot.

Note: During the summer, the temperature in this valley is many degrees cooler than surrounding areas. This is a very popular trail.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 400 feet from the parking area to the Chattooga River
Total Ascent: 400 feet

0.0 Walhalla National Fish Hatchery Parking Lot
bear left at fork (the right fork goes into the hatchery)
Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area boundary and information board
0.4 bear right (left turn returns to parking lot through picnic area)
join old logging road
0.5 bridge with small waterfall on right
bridge with small waterfall on right
0.7 stream flows under trail
1.0 stream crossing on cement blocks
1.3 step across stream
1.4 boulder on right
1.5 large rock overhang on right a couple of stories high
1.8 rock bridge
2.0 rock overhang with trees growing out of it
2.3 remains of bridge on left with stairs visible across river
2.4 continue straight past large Chattooga Trail bridge on left
Chattooga River
4.6 turn right across bridge on loop trail through picnic area
4.8 parking lot


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