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Perfect Weather for a Hike & Swim: Ellicott Rock & Spoonauger Falls on the CRT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Burrell's Ford, SC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 9 2017  8:00 am >> Sat, Sep 9 2017 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 6 2017 10:10 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 8 2017 8:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Saturday is shaping up to be a perfect SUNNY day for a hike & swim. Temperature is expected to be in the low 70's. Join us for a pre-hurricane hike!

In 1811, surveyor Andrew Ellicott determined the starting point for the North Carolina-Georgia state line and chiseled an inconspicuous mark on a rock on the east bank of the Chattooga River. Here the mountainous regions of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia converge, and this is where the Ellicott Rock Wilderness straddles the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. This is the only Wilderness area lying in three states. Rugged terrain, tall peaks, and the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River are the hallmarks of this Wilderness. 

The hike to Ellicott Rock along the Chattooga River Trail (CRT) is an out and back. We will start at the Burrell's Ford parking lot and head south for a bit to check out the 70 foot tall King's Creek Falls.  From there will we head back north along the CRT until we reach a short side trail to Spoonauger Falls.  After a short stop to view the falls, we will continue north for about 4 more miles to Ellicott Rock. The trail, which follows the "Wild & Scenic Chattooga River", can be a bit rugged with downed trees, slippery rocks and muddy spots.  Once we arrive at the section of the trail above Ellicott Rock, we will climb down the river bank to look for the carvings that indicate Ellicott Rock and Commissioners Rock. We will spend some time here to swim, cool off, and have lunch. Then we will head back down the river to the Burrell's Ford parking lot. 

Please note the Ellicott Rock Wilderness is considered a temperate rainforest and has the highest average rainfall east of the Mississippi.  We are likely to have a late summer thunderstorm. Plan to get wet! 

On the drive back to Atlanta, we will make an optional brief stop to see the Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls.  Additionally, your trip leader plans to stop for dinner on the way back.

Required Items to Bring:

At least 2 liters of water or sports drink

Sturdy hiking shoes or boots

Plastic Bag for dirty boots

Adequate lunch and trail snacks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water shoes


Water Filter



Rain gear 

Change of clothes for the trip home


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Meet at Indian Trail Park & Ride on I-85

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 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.


Please bring a plastic bag for wet boots and clothes for the ride home. 

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