Foothills Trail, Chattooga Trail,
and Spoon Auger Trail to Spoon Auger Falls

Picture of Spoon Auger Falls

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Date Hiked: 1/13/90

Length: 9.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white on Foothills Trail, black on Chattooga Trail, orange on Spoon Auger Trail

Main Features: Spoon Auger Falls, Chattooga River, winter views

Animals: turkeys, shrew, chickadees, cardinals, black-and-white warblers

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. About 0.1 miles down the fish hatchery road is a grassy parking area on the left. The trail leaves this parking area heading west, on the same side of the road as the parking area.

0.0 - 0.3 ascend with valley on left
0.3 begin following ridge top with valleys on left and right
0.5 shift to left side of ridge
0.6 follow top of ridge
0.7 shift to left side of ridge
1.0 begin descending while still following ridge
1.5 begin steeper descent with occasional switchbacks
2.9 begin following top of narrow ridge
3.0 turn right at intersection with Chattooga Trail (begin black blazes)
views of Chattooga River valley on left
3.3 bear left across camp clearing and cross stream
3.4 rock-hopping stream crossing
3.9 cross old roadbed
4.1 turn left at intersection with Spoon Auger Trail
(there is a camper registration station here)
begin orange blazes
4.2 reach edge of Chattooga River
4.4 turn left just before crossing stream and follow unmarked trail upstream through rhododendron
4.6 Spoon Auger Falls
there is a rock cliff on the left here with good places to sit
as well as an overhang that could serve as a rain shelter


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