Chattooga River Trail: Nicholson Ford to Rock Gorge - Sat, Sep 12 2015

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Chattooga River Trail: Nicholson Ford to Rock Gorge

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Chattooga River - Near Highway 28   Backpacking: Chattooga River Trail: Nicholson Ford to Rock Gorge  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 12 2015  7:00 am >> Sun, Sep 13 2015 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Sep 6 2015 9:36 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 11 2015 8:48 am
Event Duration:1 Days 11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:10 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Chattooga River forms a natural boundary between South Carolina and Georgia. This 57 mile Wild and Scenic River flows through stunning landscapes and has some of the best whitewater in the Southeast.

Join us for a two-day (optional 3 day - see below) backpack on one of the most scenic parts of the Chattooga River Trail, Section 3.

We will begin at Nicholson Ford and hike north approximately 4.5 miles along the Chattooga River Trail. On the way we will take in Lick Log Falls and the spectacular Rock Gorge, which forces the river into sections no more than 10 feet wide. After passing Rock Gorge we will camp a short distance up-river from Rock Gorge.  Once we have set-up camp folks are free to do whatever they want - read, fish, sunbathe, take a hike, etc. Some of us may take a totally optional rugged expedition up through Rock Gorge.

On Sunday, we plan to take a short hike to Big Bend Falls for some additional exploring/swimming/sightseeing. Once again, the Big Bend falls is an optional hike and folks are free to do whatever they want.

We will allow up to 2 well behaved dogs on this trip.

Note: There will be an option to leave on Friday for those who wish to add an extra day of fun. The normal carpool will leave on Saturday at the posted time, and another carpool will be arranged for those who want to go up Friday.

Required Items to Bring:
  • tent (or hammock)
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • 4 liters of water (less if you have a filter)
  • food/snacks for 2 days (at least 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 2 lunches)
  • headlamp
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • cash for your carpool driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • water filter
  • swimwear or quick dry clothing
  • water shoes - highly recommended
  • a small day pack for extra hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes
  • trekking poles
  • bacon and rice crispy treats

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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